NMC panel clears 'sex toy' matron to work again
A care home matron who showed her underwear to staff and took a sex toy into work has been cleared to continue practising.
Sharon Talbot was given a five-year caution order by a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) tribunal for her behaviour at Asheborough House Care Centre in Saltash, Cornwall.
Complaints that she also accused the partner of a resident of stealing chocolates that had been sent to the resident for his birthday, and shouted at a pregnant colleague – while laying on her office floor – and refused her request for maternity leave, were also upheld.
“The risk of such an attitudinal deficiency arising in the future, albeit still present, is minimal”
The tribunal panel said in its report released that Talbot had shown “no convincing evidence of remorse” for her actions.
They also said that while they accepted she had been working in difficult circumstances at the home, she had partly brought that upon herself through her “own actions and attitude”.
But it said that all the witnesses commented on her skill as a nurse and decided her actions were not so serious that they warranted stopping her from working.
The report stated: “The panel considered that the primary issue in this case is not a lack of management training as, given your experience as a registered nurse, you would have been well aware of the manner in which you ought to have conducted yourself towards colleagues.
“The issue, rather, is an attitudinal deficiency on your part.
“Having considered the persuasive and positive testimony of your current employers, the panel is satisfied that the risk of such an attitudinal deficiency arising in the future, albeit still present, is minimal.”
Ms Talbot started work as matron at the home in May 2010, and tendered her resignation on December 28, 2011.
The tribunal in London cleared her of several more serious allegations, including that she referred to untrained staff members as “Polish bitch” or “black cow”.
The tribunal also cleared Ms Talbot of the charge that she screamed at another staff member, instructing her to ask representatives from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to leave the centre, saying: “Get them out of the f****** building.”
The panel also ruled there was no case to answer in relation to a series of other allegations against Ms Talbot, including a claim that she shouted “Carry on nursing” at a staff member.
Ms Talbot had denied all the charges brought against her at the NMC.