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A former NHS chief executive has walked free from court after admitting paying her husband more than £11,000 from her budget. Paula Vasco-Knight, 53, was in charge of South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and the national lead for equalities and diversity for NHS England at the time. She paid her…
A residential child care worker has been found unfit to practise and removed from the Social Care Register after a Care Council for Wales Fitness to Practise hearing found she’d formed an inappropriate relationship with a former resident of the home where she worked. The hearing heard that Deborah Elaine…
A Wrexham residential child care worker has been given a two-year suspension order for failing to hand over cash donations for the Nightingale House Hospice charity within a reasonable timescale. Samantha Clarke received the suspension order after a three-day Care Council Fitness to Practise hearing at Beaufort Park Hotel in…
A top mental health GP and a senior clinical commissioning manager who defrauded £153,600 of NHS cash set aside to treat winter patients have avoided being immediately jailed. Dr Ian Walton and Lisa Hill admitted raising a false invoice for GP training from a charity, on whose board they both…
An NHS manager has been jailed for four years after "swindling" a health trust out of £250,000. Alan Hodge, 53, from Surrey, was "at the very heart" of the fraud which saw him give contracts to his friends, Croydon Crown Court heard. He was renal technical department manager at Epsom…
A nurse has avoided being struck off for concealing the fact that medic Pauline Cafferkey had a raised temperature before she tested positive for Ebola. The high temperature, noted on December 28 2014, should have triggered concerns that Ms Cafferkey was infected with the deadly virus. But Donna Wood suggested…
Cruel care workers who tormented dementia patients by torturing their "comfort doll" burst into tears as they were jailed. Shauna Higgin, 20, and Victoria Johnson, 23, shared video clips and photos of them "harming" the dolls, used as a therapeutic tool by elderly residents who become attached to the dolls…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) are reviewing their Code of Practice for Employers of Social Care Workers and are seeking need your views on the draft revised standards. The Code of Practice was developed in September 2002 setting out the responsibilities that employers have in the regulation of…
Scotland can rely on high quality social services delivered by a trusted, skilled and confident workforce that give confidence in care. That was the message today from Mark McDonald MSP, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, as he launched the revised Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers…
Allegations against nurses and midwives will no longer be available for public scrutiny ahead of disciplinary hearings, a regulator has said. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which was criticised over its handling of the charges against Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey, has decided to no longer publish allegations against medical…
A social worker involved in the case of murdered two-year-old Liam Fee has been removed from the care register. Lesley Bate denied multiple charges in a misconduct hearing relating to the care of 15 children during her work at Fife Council. They included a failure to record a number of…
A health professional who failed to make regular visits to convicted criminals with mental health problems has been struck off as a social worker. A Care Council for Wales (CCW) hearing was told that Kerri Imelda Doherty was supposed to see four offenders at least once a month. Bosses said…
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