Former Derian House nurse admits misconduct at hearing

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The former head nurse at Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley has admitted two counts of misconduct at a medical hearing.

Susan Allen, who was dismissed from the role 18 months ago, admitted to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) that on more than one occasion in 2012 she failed to record accidents, incidents and medication errors reported to her.

In light of this, the NMC ruled that her fitness to practice is impaired. The panel also decided that the admission proved her misconduct when she should have been setting an example to colleagues, and when her patients were particularly vulnerable.

However, the report makes clear that she had since “demonstrated significant levels of insight” and the panel was confident she was unlikely to repeat her misconduct.

The report goes on to state: “There has never been the slightest suggestion that Mrs Allen’s failings resulted in any one of these vulnerable residents being caused any actual harm.”

“Remarkable”, positive testimonials were received from her peers, and the panel found that the incidents happened when Mrs Allen was “under great pressure at work and in her personal life”.

She told the panel she experienced a “life-changing and tragic” event in 2007 and unwisely threw herself into work.

The panel decided not to issue a sanction against Mrs Allen. Despite this, judgements against her will be on public record and will be disclosed to employers.

A spokesman for Derian House last week said it had a policy not to comment on 
individual cases concerning members of staff.

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