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CRUEL 'CARE' NU RSE STRUCK OFF; POOR TREATMENT Panel finds actions caused distress Cruel nurse is struck off Panel finds actions caused distress.

A nurse has been struck off after a Wishaw care home called in the regulators.

Jacqueline Kelly was found guilty of a number of offences including putting a dementia patient Ross Thomson in solitary confinement after the pensioner asked for more food.

Beechwood Care Home management reported Kelly for putting residents TURN TO PAGE 6 FROM PAGE 1 at risk. A Nursing and Midwifery disciplinary panel heard how Kelly stopped a Wishaw patient from leaving the dining room by trapping her chair in place.

She also lambasted a colleague for taking the resident, who suffered with dementia, to bed.

Jacqueline Theresa Kelly, who was judged by a disciplinary panel to have shown no remorse for her actions, was also found to have put a pensioner with advanced dementia in "solitary confinement" as a punishment for asking for more food at an unnamed care home.

Following complaints, Holmes Care Group, owners of Beechwood, made a referral to the NMC.

In its report, the three person NMC panel states: "The panel finds Ms Kelly's behaviour has placed vulnerable residents in her care at a risk of harm and indeed caused some residents actual distress. The panel finds her behaviour would be considered wholly inappropriate by members of the public and other nurses.

"Her actions have breached the fundamental tenets of the profession, particularly those standards relating to treating others with respect and compassion."

The panel heard the Beechwood resident had dementia and had a limited understanding of instructions.

Towards the end of the evening meal, the woman became agitated and wanted to leave the dining room.

A Beechwood care assistant told the inquiry Kelly raised her voice and told the resident to sit down.

She said the resident tried continued to try to get up and that Kelly banged her hand on the table and shouted at her to wait.

The care assistant explained Kelly had her foot against the leg of the resident's chair to stop her pushing it back from the table and that the woman "looked terrified".

A second colleague took the resident to bed.

He told the panel Kelly criticised him for allowing the woman to go to bed.

The panel's report found he was clear in his evidence and there was no reason for Kelly to reprimand him.

Kelly was dismissed from Beechwood on December 7, 2016, a fortnight before the Holmes Group called in the NMC.

A Holmes Group spokesperson said: "The safety and well-being of all of our residents is our number one priority.

"We were quick to investigate the claims that were reported to us from other staff members who recognised Jacqueline's actions as abuse and reported them, and as such she was suspended the day after concerns were raised."

Previously, she had worked at the Avonbridge Care Home in Hamilton where a number of allegations were made against her.

She was found to have refused to check on a dying resident, whose breathing was described by a colleague as "not normal" until she realised the family were in the home and pushed a glass of orange juice into the face of another OAP to get him to take his medication.

The panel's report added: "Whilst Ms Kelly has not engaged with these proceedings she denied the facts of the case when they were put to her at local disciplinary level.

"As she has not engaged with these proceedings, Ms Kelly has not shown any evidence of any insight into her behaviour or her failings.

"She has offered no explanation to her behaviour and expressed no remorse for her conduct."
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