Care home worker struck off reg­is­ter

Abbey Lodge bosses re­ported shamed Pater­son

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea O’Neill

An East Kil­bride care home worker has been struck off for ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour to­wards vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents.

Jan Pater­son shouted at one res­i­dent of Abbey Lodge: “I won’t put up with your crap”, or words to that ef­fect, pushed their hand away and ag­gres­sively told them not to touch her.

She also slapped an­other res­i­dent’s hand un­til she let go of a stand aid, plac­ing her in a state of fear and/or dis­tress.

A hear­ing of the Scot­tish So­cial Ser­vices Coun­cil also found that Pater­son had lied to a col­league, stat­ing that she had washed the res­i­dent when she had not, and that she re­fused to help a col­league move an­other res­i­dent from a bed.

Pater­son fright­ened a third res­i­dent with her ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour. They said they “wouldn’t like to get on the wrong side of her”.

The in­ci­dents hap­pened at the West­wood fa­cil­ity on Moss­neuk Road in March last year.

Abbey Lodge man­age­ment re­ported Pater­son and ex­pressed their sat­is­fac­tion with the panel’s ver­dict.

Gen­eral man­ager An­nie Irvine told the News: “We’re very happy that the de­ci­sion to re­move this fe­male from the reg­is­ter was up­held.

“It was Abbey Lodge Health­care who re­ported her to the Scot­tish So­cial Ser­vices Coun­cil in the first place.”

Abbey Lodge is home to res­i­dents over the age of 65 who need nurs­ing and de­men­tia care.

Pater­son was re­moved from her post as a care as­sis­tant fol­low­ing a hear­ing by the SSSC on May 1. They ruled her fit­ness to prac­tise was im­paired on the grounds of mis­con­duct.

Their re­port stated: “In view of the find­ings of ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour to­wards two res­i­dents, in­clud­ing ver­bal abuse and a slap to one, ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour in the pres­ence of an­other and a de­gree of dis­tress caused to two of the res­i­dents, plus what he sug­gested was a pat­tern of in­ci­dents, there would be con­cern about your at­ti­tudes and val­ues.

“Rep­e­ti­tion would likely cause fur­ther dis­tress and would prob­a­bly put res­i­dents at risk.

“There were con­cerns re­gard­ing pub­lic pro­tec­tion and your fail­ure to live up to the re­quired stan­dards was likely to af­fect pub­lic con­fi­dence.”

The panel heard ev­i­dence from three Abbey Lodge staff mem­bers.

One col­league said that all the al­le­ga­tions had hap­pened on the same morn­ing.

In one in­ci­dent, the panel heard, Pater­son had re­fused to help a col­league get a res­i­dent out of bed, shouted at the res­i­dent when she did not let go of a stand aid and slapped her hands un­til she let go.

The panel was also told that Pater­son ob­jected to a res­i­dent at­tempt­ing to touch her af­ter the res­i­dent had soiled her­self and had fae­ces on her hands.

A col­league gave ev­i­dence that Pater­son swore at the woman, grabbed her wrists and pushed her hands away.

It was later found that the res­i­dent had not been prop­erly cleaned, de­spite Pater­son claim­ing that she had washed her.

The panel heard that Pater­son had been a reg­is­tered carer since July 2015.

Ms Irvine added: “Abbey Lodge Health­care pro­vide high-qual­ity, eq­ui­table care to all of our res­i­dents and would not be as­so­ci­ated with or tol­er­ate mal­prac­tice in any shape or form.

“We are de­lighted with this re­sult.”

Rais­ing the alarm Abbey Lodge care home bosses re­ported worker Jan Pater­son, who was ag­gres­sive to­wards res­i­dents

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