Hospital nurse in misconduct hearing date

Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital
Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital
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A nurse who filed a report into a patient’s death, claiming she wasn’t on duty when she was, faces a misconduct hearing next month.

Susan Elaine Worthington, who worked for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust is set to appear before a disciplinary board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in London in September for a two-day hearing.

She faces two misconduct charges, which are that while employed as a registered nurse by the Trust she:

• Wrote a report, dated June 15 2010, as part of an internal investigation into the death of Patient A, which stated that she was not on duty on May 15 2010, when in fact she was on duty that day

• Gave evidence to the coroner’s inquest into the death of Patient A that she was not on duty on May 15 2010, when she was on duty on May 2010

A spokesman for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals confirmed Susan worked at Chorley and South Ribble Hosptial.

She said: “Susan Worthington did work for the trust but she has not worked here since 2012.

“We would not make any further comment until after the hearing.”

The hearing is set to take place in London on Wednesday September 5 and last for two days.

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

If evidence is proved, the committee will have to decide if Ms Worthington 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.