A mental health nurse who started a sexual relationship with a patient in her care has been struck off after a tribunal found her behaviour amounted to misconduct.
Deborah Boulton’s actions fell “seriously short of the conduct and standards expected of a nurse”, a tribunal ruled, saying her ability to practice is impaired by reason of her misconduct.
The band 6 nurse was said to have met the man, known as Patient A, at the Sutherland Centre, for people with poor mental health, in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, in early 2009.
A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing was told Boulton gave the patient, who had previously been treated in hospital for an alleged overdose of diazepam and alcohol issues, her mobile number and texted him, telling him “I miss you” and “I love you”.
During their relationship the pair had sex around five times: once in a hotel, once in his mother’s house and approximately three times in Boulton’s house.
The patient claimed when he tried to finish the relationship Boulton bombarded him with calls and texts until he destroyed his mobile phone to avoid contact from her.
The panel heard Boulton went on to take sick leave leading to her case load being re-allocated, which eventually resulted in claims of their relationship emerging.
The allegations came to light when Patient A attended a counselling session in August, where he suggested to a counsellor that he had suffered a relapse because of the relationship, the hearing was told.
Boulton was not present and not represented at the hearing in central London last week, but had denied the allegations.