A Midlands nurse faces being struck off for “breaching a fundamental tenet” of her profession and having sex with a mental health patient in her care.
Wendy McClure, 43, from Blackwell, Bromsgrove, was assigned to the patient when she started a sexual relationship between July and September 2009, a disciplinary hearing was told this week.
She admitted a Nursing and Midwifery Council misconduct charge of having a sexual relationship with a patient while working at Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.
Ms McClure was sacked for gross misconduct in February 2010 following an investigation by the mental health trust. She was reinstated following an appeal, but was handed a final written warning and given a non-medical job that did not involve contact with patients.
Trust bosses are now considering offering her a phased return to medical nursing work, with supervision, the council heard.
Ms McClure, who did not attend the hearing, wrote that her judgement had become clouded owing to stress.
An NMC spokesman said: “The panel is not satisfied that McClure has demonstrated full insight into the seriousness of her misconduct and, in particular, the extent of the damage which her sexual relationship is likely to have inflicted on the vulnerable patient concerned.
“The revelation of her relationship to her employers was only made several weeks after she had received advice from colleagues, in whom she had confided, that her relationship was unprofessional, and only after the patient threatened that he would report her to the trust.”