Ex-care home boss faces abuse claims

A CARE home boss did nothing after discovering an elderly resident had suffered severe bruising, it is alleged.

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Care home boss Jane Gavin is facing a string of abuse charges
Care home boss Jane Gavin is facing a string of abuse charges

Jane Gavin is facing a string of abuse charges while employed as the nurse manager of Ashton Grange Care Centre in the city's East End.

One of the six charges of misconduct states that she, "did not investigate and/or report a large haematoma" ­suffered by an elderly resident in her care.

And when a pensioner went missing from the home in Mount ­Vernon it is alleged she did not "record and/or report" the incident.

She is also said to have failed to ensure that residents were ­eating and drinking properly.

It is also alleged that when residents lost weight, she did not take the appropriate action, putting them at risk of malnutrition, it is claimed and staff were not trained to support residents who had difficulty eating and drinking.

Another charge states that she appointed a nurse without checking references.

The nurse was sacked by the company and referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council after they were made aware of the alleged incidents. A new manager has now been appointed.

Ms Gavin is alleged to have failed to tell private care home provider Bupa that she had been dismissed by her previous employer while working as a nurse between November 2012 and March 2013.

It is also claimed that staff were not properly trained in lifting and handling techniques appropriate for elderly people.

The home is run by Canterbury Care and cares for a maximum of 27 residents including people with dementia.

The incidents are said to have happened between April 2012 and October 2012.

The home was previously rapped by the Care Inspectorate for failing to ensure that residents at risk of malnutrition were cared for properly. Staffing levels were also criticised.

In August 2013 the home was graded "weak" for quality of care and support although in January this year this was upgraded to "adequate".

The nurse is accused of having her fitness to practise as a nurse ­impaired through misconduct.

She is appearing ­before the Nursing and Midwifery Council's conduct and competence subcommittee this week in Edinburgh.

A spokeswoman for the home said: "This hearing relates to historic matters from more than two years ago and involves one individual.

"The issues were brought to light by our own internal procedures and the individual involved was dismissed and a referral made to the NMC.

"The home has an experienced manager in place and we are confident it provides a safe and caring environment for the residents."

caroline.wilson@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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