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David Dickinson

David Dickinson



37 years and specialist behavioural practitioner since 1983. Fired by TEWV NHS after ten months following whistleblowing against malpractices including abusive seclusions and two resulting service wide inquiries and consequent practice changes and the personal thanks of the CEO. Fired a month later for looking at the particular seclusion victims file, not for confidentiality breaching but because it was for "too long". Currently trying to understand the NMC position. The picture is dismantling the time out cubicle designed by the psychologist that I was expected to put learning disabled people into as punishment in 1983.

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  • Comment on: Top hospital chief and nurse calls for single NHS regulator

    David Dickinson's comment 6 December, 2016 4:10 pm

    Secondly, 'better' rather than 'less' regulated to the extent of managers whether nurses or not following any agreed regulation rather than ignoring or making it up then held 100% unaccountable when heavily criticized in the courts and press.

  • Comment on: Top hospital chief and nurse calls for single NHS regulator

    David Dickinson's comment 6 December, 2016 3:52 pm

    Get a history researcher to study how the NHS was managed and how the nursing profession was organized, administered, trained and regulated in 1975 and create a change-proposal based on the findings.

  • Comment on: Audit finds ‘disappointing weaknesses’ in NMC case handling

    David Dickinson's comment 16 June, 2016 7:30 pm

    Well I am involved in no less than THREE cases all of which have been handled incompetently and ineptly by the NMC. In 2012 the learning disability hospital, Roseberry Park dismissed me two years after I had complained about their abusive extended use of blood-smeared seclusion rooms to "manage wards" (CQC report July 2014 Roseberry Park Hospital). I have 40 years specialist experience from elsewhere and know what I was talking about. The reason given was breaching secluded patients confidentiality by looking at their clinical files. However this is expected in a forensic hospital so was adjusted to "looking for too long". The hospital referred to the NMC citing original and subsequently disproven allegations whose hired solicitor eagerly created a new charge.. "complaining without the abuse victims consent" and "writing my complaint on my laptop". The CQC mounted a special visit to the hospital at the time of my hearing and confirmed everything complained about. They were aware of the NMC fiasco and even rang me with advice! I was found guilty although I had NOT breached confidentiality and had submitted my complaint directly to managers in line with the NMC's Code of Practice section 5.4 and local NHS policy. I was placed on career crushing practice conditions. Three years later still on conditions I desperately needed a post and found myself taking temporary charge of a near empty nursing home that had been severely criticized by the CQC and former staff alike. I found neglect with chronic weight losses poor feeding and hydration and very poor levels of dignity. Along with other former staff I complained to social services and the CQC, even visiting the owner. The manager referred me alleging malicious trivia in the face of my serious complaints. The NMC sent another solicitor back to 'investigate' or rather create a case. Three months later I got a staff nurse job at a MH rehab unit. They were frog-marching distressed residents into bedroom seclusion and after eight weeks I complained and already had positive conduct records but was immediately dismissed and referred for subsequently contrived trivia. The NMC solicitor tampered with conduct records to reverse their highlighted sections by photocopying. The service was told to complete an internal inquiry and they accepted that one support worker should not have corridor marched and inserted the distressed patient into lone bedroom seclusion and they were submitted for additional training. The NMC declared that the internal inquiry had not found anything amiss and that no action was required. It asserted that the marching restraint was planned as "guidance" for patients although the facts are clearly described in the NMC's own evidence. I am a Rampton trained management of violence instructor and frog-marching a patient gripping the back of his neck is abuse. I have countered the charges and am now suspended for 'failing to follow policies and procedures' and for having an 'attitudinal' problem. The NMC has been repeatedly dishonest and I have told them that I reserve the right to speak out in the public interest. My complaints have revealed serious abuses on the parts of services about which the NMC is completely disinterested preferring to spend months and months and thousands of pounds prosecuting lies and trivia that even if true should be of interest to a line manager not a national regulator. NMC fitness to practice has shown itself to be dishonest and incompetent.

  • Comment on: 'Chance to modernise NMC was squandered'

    David Dickinson's comment 11 October, 2014 9:25 am

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  • Comment on: 'Chance to modernise NMC was squandered'

    David Dickinson's comment 11 October, 2014 9:22 am

    I have to post this even at the risk of being struck off. I complained about a trusts abuses in 2011 (largely seclusion malpractices) that forced two internal inquiries including a "Seclusion Review" that concluded nothing wrong with trust practices. I was immediately fired on the claim that I accessed victims computer file for " too long". Trust referred me to NMC as it does all staff leaving or fired who might criticize it. NMC apparently hears if not welcomes all referrals. External independent solicitor sent back to my trust employment file and spent a year writing a new prosecution case that created new charges 1. I wrote a complaint report on my home computer (although encrypted). 2. I identified a severely learning disabled victim of abuse without their permission. Even the original charges brought by the trust that were necessarily dropped at the time were reproduced and I was found guilty of them. The NMC concluded that I hadn't followed trust procedures and policies but had simply made a lot of noise. I wrote hundreds of pages of complaint reports including a including two 50+ page reports and a 64 page letter to the trust chairman. Last July the CQC failed the trust on two major issues ie patient safety against potential abuse particularly seclusion. I represented myslf when the RCN told me to be quiet ie. behind a QC who would also have also cost a fortune. The NMC found me guilty of breaching the one patients confidentiality by identifying them, using my home computer and "accessing" other patients computer files some of which I was entitled to do and some of which were seconds and merely revealed the weakness of the system which afterwards had a "traffic lights" accidental accessing feature put on . The only breach I can see is when I questioned the trusts chairman and CEO directly (I insisted on their presence) at my appeal against dismissal and he revealed that the chairman had passed to him my private and confidential 64 page letter. Trust managers lied under NMC oath which I proved and the NMC described them as open and straightforward. I am sentenced to three years of arduous conditional practice conditions and the impossibility of a full time career contract ..possibly forever given application form NMC question requirements. The hearing was hostile interrupting my attempts to press managers for answers. I am not broken but am aware of others and organisations working tirelessly like PatientsFirst and my case was one of over 70 heard by Robert Francis QC. The NMC must have spent £1000s and £1000s and £1000s prosecuting me. They revisit everything not just the issue that fired you. All their hearing rooms were full and I think there are over 30 going on simultaneously at any one time. I will always complain about abuse and I am not submitting this anonymously.

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