Staff nurse is facing misconduct hearing

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A nurse accused of causing distress to a resident and carrying out duties he shouldn’t have faces a misconduct hearing tomorrow.

Stuart Oliver Hardman, who worked for Sue Ryder Care at Cuerden Hall in Bamber Bridge, is set to appear before a disciplinary board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in London for a two-day hearing.

He faces two misconduct charges, which are that while employed by Sue Ryder Care as a staff nurse working at Cuerden Hall he attempted to open the stoma of Resident A’s PEG tube on August 18 2012:

• When he was not deemed competent to do so;

• Using an Instillagel syringe;

• Despite Resident A becoming distressed.

And a second charge that on 14 November 2012, he applied cream to Resident B’s supra-pubic catheter site when she did not give her consent to do so.

Mr Hardman has not worked at Sue Ryder for two years. He was referred to the NMC by bosses at the home. Sue Hogton, chief nurse, said: “We can confirm Stuart Hardman did work for Sue Ryder. We have referred him to the NMC following our internal disciplinary process. Residential safety and care is our first concern.”

The hearing is set to take place in London and conclude on Thursday.

The charges will be heard by at least three members of the NMC conduct and competence committee, who will consider whether evidence can be proved against Mr Hardman.

If evidence is proved, the committee will have to decide if Mr Hardman is currently “impaired to practice”, and if so, a range of sanctions are available to them.

These include: no punishment, imposing a caution that would highlight concerns to potential employers, imposing conditions such as having to work under direct supervision, a suspension of up to 12 months, or being struck off the medical register.