Lying nurse is struck off register
A nurse has been struck off after she lied for two years that she was registered with the professional body.
Jennifer Roberts was employed as Community Staff Nurse on the Bamber Bridge Lostock Hall Integrated Neighbourhood Team by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.
At a hearing by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) it was found that she lied to colleagues about her registration when it had been lapsed for two years due to non-payment of fees, and she tampered with documents in order to get a good character reference from a colleague.
It was also found that during an appeal hearing in 2015, Miss Roberts did not inform the NMC panel she was suspended from her job, was subject to a formal investigation or that her employers enquiries had triggered her contact with the NMC.
Miss Roberts apologised to the panel and said she deeply regretted all of the errors. No concerns were raised about her clinical skills.
The NMC decided her actions amounted to misconduct and decided to strike her off the register as a nurse.
The panel said Miss Robert’s conduct involved “a significant and serious departure from the standards expected of a registered nurse”.
They added: “To allow you to continue practising would undermine public confidence in the profession and in the NMC as a regulatory body.”
A spokesperson at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “This is an isolated and regrettable case and the Trust sets very high standards for its staff in line with professional codes of conduct and the Trust’s core values.
“When information came to light that a staff member’s NMC registration had lapsed, an internal investigation was undertaken according to Trust procedure after which the staff member was dismissed from the Trust in November 2015. The matter was also referred to her professional body for further investigation.”