Essex nurse suspended for lying about giving incorrect medication

Moat House Care Home in Uttlesford
Moat House Care Home in Uttlesford -Credit:Google

An Essex nurse has been suspended for a year after giving an incorrect dose of medication and then trying to hide it from a colleague. Tracey June Mann was employed at Moat House Care Home near Great Dunmow when she missed prescribed medications or gave incorrect dosages to residents.

The incidents took place on July 2 and 3 of 2022, following which Ms Mann was sacked from her role at the home. Her case was then referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council and a misconduct hearing was held this year.

The panel heard that Ms Mann did not administer one drug to "Resident D" on July 2 or 3 and did not record the missed dose. The same took place with another resident, referred to as "Resident E". A third resident, "Resident F", was given an incorrect dose of a prescription drug, which was also not recorded by Ms Mann.

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Additionally, the panel heard that on July 3 Ms Mann had concealed a tablet under her handbag in an attempt to mislead her colleague that the medication had been given to the resident when it hadn't. In a written statement sent to the tribunal, Ms Mann alleged she was in a "toxic working environment" which had "stresses and conflicts contributing to my resignation".

In a statement to the tribunal regarding Ms Mann's dishonesty, her former colleague said: "I saw Tracey put a tablet underneath her handbag. From my point of vision, it was quite obvious she was trying to hide the tablet. I was shocked."

Ms Mann previously responded to the allegation saying she "had been as careful as possible during that shift. Obsessively so as I did not want to be called into account", but did not attend her misconduct hearing nor provide any further evidence.

In their conclusions, the misconduct hearing panel found that Ms Mann had shown some insight into her behaviour but there was no evidence of "in-depth" reflection or any regarding how her practice had improved.

Chairman Richard Weydert-Jacquard said: "Furthermore, the panel took into account that Mrs Mann has not demonstrated an understanding of, how her actions put residents at a risk of harm or an understanding of why what she did was wrong and how this impacted negatively on the reputation of the nursing profession."

Ms Mann was suspended from being a nurse for 12 months before she could return to the profession.