Glasgow care worker struck off for bullying vulnerable patient and calling him 'dirty old man'

A bullying Glasgow care worker has been struck off after branding a vulnerable resident a 'dirty old man' and a 'paedophile'.

Aileen Lamb, a senior project worker at the Mungo Foundation, was accused of describing service user AA as a “paedophile,” “dirty old man” and “rapist” when speaking to a colleague. She was also heard saying in earshot of the man that she 'can't stand him' and words to that effect.

The care worker told a colleague that the man “makes my skin crawl, I don’t want to touch him". In another incident, she told the vulnerable man 'you’re nothing but a lazy man', while telling him to get up.

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Lamb was also accused of failing to help AA when he was struggling with his breakfast, taking it away from him before he had finished, and speaking to him in an unpleasant tone while telling him to eat 'properly'.

On April 18, 2022, she told another colleague that she would not be dealing with AA or providing personal care. When confronted by a different co-worker, who told her not to judge others, she informed them “I don’t care, I’m not working with him”, in relation to AA.

The care worker was also accused of shouting at resident BB in an aggressive tone in March 2022, when telling her to get up, before telling a co-worker that it was the "only way to get her to stand”, despite evidence she was struggling. In the presence of BB, she was also accused of telling a colleague “you are too soft, you need to be more firm with BB or she was just going to take the p***.”

Lamb was also heard to have branded BB a "nasty old woman".

On January 22, last year, the care worker was accused of telling resident CC “this is absolutely ridiculous you keep putting yourself on the floor, get up now, you!” after finding him on there during the night. During the same incident she was also heard to have said: “I’m not lifting him, I’m not getting out of bed for this.”

At an unknown date, Lamb was also heard to have called resident DD “a big fat lazy woman who does not want to walk”.

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The SSSC concluded in their report: "Social service workers are expected to treat the vulnerable residents in their care with dignity and respect, to care for them with compassion, and to protect them from harm. Your conduct towards AA was verbally abusive, sometimes within his earshot, and driven by personal judgement of his circumstances and past.

"You victimised him, and also attempted to draw your staff and colleagues into sharing your view. As a team leader, you had a responsibility to role model appropriate behaviour and communication, and your failure to do that shows a wider and deeper disregard for AA’s welfare and safety.

"Your repeated conduct towards and regarding AA over many months placed him at risk of serious physical and emotional harm. He had the right to feel safe and protected in what is his home, and your conduct risked causing fear and upset to him.

"Your conduct towards BB, CC, DD and the female resident was also all verbally abusive and aggressive. Most of your comments were either directed at or in the presence of these residents, showing a complete disregard for their feelings, their physical restrictions and needs, and risked emotional and psychological harm to them all."

The care worker chose not to contest the claims which were heard by the Scottish Social Service Council, who found her fitness to practice impaired and struck her off from the register.

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