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Care home nurse struck off after dementia patient neglect caught on camera

December 15, 2021


A nurse who neglected a frail dementia patient has been struck off after being caught on camera.

Jacqueline Diane Rodgers, of North Yorkshire, worked at Rambla Nursing Home in Scarborough between October 2013 and November 2016, but was suspended from duty in January that year.

She racked up 12 allegations in relation to an elderly female patient – known only as resident A – who suffered with epilepsy, dementia, hypertension and arthritis.

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At a misconduct hearing before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) it was proved that Mrs Rodgers’ conduct was a significant departure from the standards expected of a registered nurse.

It was revealed the nurse failed to treat Resident A with dignity and/or respect and displayed a lack of care and compassion.

Resident A’s daughter, over a lengthy period of time, became concerned about the quality of care that her mother was receiving.

She believed her concerns were going unaddressed and installed a motion activated camera in her mother’s room in November 2015.

Parts of this footage submitted at the hearing show the nurse ignoring the patient and delivering ‘rough and undignified’ care.

Evidence from one witness reads: “[Mrs Rodgers] demonstrated a complete lack of care and compassion and treats Resident A as an object and ignores her. She was rough and pushes her and appears to drop her which could be considered assault. Not withstanding the other clips and failures of care that are demonstrated, this clip demonstrated a significant neglectful, and abusive practice.”

The panel decided Mrs Rodger’s actions amounted to misconduct and she was struck off from the register.

The report reads: “The panel concluded that Mrs Rodgers had in the past acted so as to put Resident A at unwarranted risk of psychological and physical harm. It also determined that her failings breached fundamental tenets of nursing practice by not providing care with kindness and compassion. It also considered that Mrs Rodgers’ misconduct is liable to bring the nursing profession into disrepute as her misconduct was witnessed by Ms 1, the daughter of Resident A, on the video footage.

“The panel has considered this case very carefully and has decided to make a striking-off order. It directs the registrar to strike Mrs Rodgers off the register.”

In her reflective statement dated November 16, 2021, Mrs Rodgers said: “I am very sorry for the distress caused by my actions. I should have acted much more carefully and conscientiously”

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