Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 22 November 2014

Nurse who kicked brain-damaged patient is struck off

A nurse who kicked a brain-damaged patient was struck off the register today.

Paula Corrine Williams, known as Corrine, was working at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, north Wales, when she kicked the man, referred to as Patient A, on the shin.

The conduct and competence committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard evidence that the 24-year-old patient was seen pushing and kicking out at Williams on April 29, 2007.

The staff nurse was then seen to kick back, first missing her target but striking the patient's shin on her second attempt.

An agency care assistant told the panel that when she challenged Williams, the nurse replied: "I've not come to work to be abused."

Striking Williams off the register, panel chairman Jillian Alderwick also noted that the local primary care trust (PCT) had not and still has not any dedicated facilities for patients with challenging behaviour such as Patient A.

She said: "It had therefore resorted to admitting these patients on to general wards.

"However, the PCT has not taken any steps to ensure that staff on these general wards have received the training and support they require to manage patients with challenging behaviour."

The panel had heard the patient suffered acute brain damage after a suspected drug overdose and was liable to violent mood swings.

Ms Alderwick added that the matter was not pursued by the hospital until after the care assistant complained to her agency saying she did not want to go back there.

Williams, who was suspended from duty in May 2007, did not attend the hearing and Ms Alderwick said it was "regrettable" she had not given her personal account.

She said the fact Williams continued to deny the abuse of an "extremely vulnerable" patient showed a lack of remorse.

Ms Alderwick said she had no information about whether Williams was currently employed and imposed an interim suspension order until the striking off takes effect.

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