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Final panel decision: What should happen to a care manager whose poor performance put residents at risk?

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Find out how the NMC panel acted in this case. Not yet read the case? Read the charge and background here

The panel decided to impose a caution order for a period of four years. 

The panel took into account that Nurse A had demonstrated significant insight into her misconduct, expressed genuine remorse and apologised to the service users and their families.

The panel noted that she made admissions from the outset and accepted responsibility for her shortcomings. Nurse A explained how she would act in the future if she found yourself in a similar situation.

The panel considered that it has found impairment solely on the grounds of the public interest and that the risk of repetition in her case was minimal. Nurse A has engaged fully and positively with the Nursing and Midwifery Council process and sought to remediate her practice since the referral.

The panel took into account that there was no evidence of previous regulatory concern for 49 years. It noted that a previous Care Quality Commission inspection in May 2014 commented that the home was well led and that the staff felt supported.

In addition, the panel took into account the fact that Nurse A had been practising as a registered nurse since the incidents in question and there have been no adverse incidents in relation to her practice.

The panel considered whether it would be proportionate to impose a more restrictive sanction and looked at conditions of practice. The panel determined that such a sanction would not be appropriate as she had remediated her shortcomings.

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