Unqualified staff ‘left to care for elderly’ at Manor Park home
PUBLISHED: 16:30 10 December 2011
A care home manager accused of allowing unqualified foreign nurses to look after vulnerable elderly patients faces an anxious wait over her future.
Grace Jesuorobo dishonestly signed false declarations stating the workers had completed the necessary 400 hours of supervision, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) heard.
Adaptation students – nurses who have worked abroad but not yet completed their training in Britain – were left to care for 120 dementia sufferers as a result of Jesuorobo’s actions, it was said.
Jesuorobo allegedly allowed another nurse, Prosper Akpemado, to care for patients at the Mornington Hall Care Home, Whitta Road, Manor Park, when he was not eligible to work in the UK.
She faces a ban from the nursing profession if the allegations against her are proved, but now faces a wait of months to learn her fate after her misconduct hearing was adjourned.
No date has been confirmed for the hearing to resume, but it is not expected to be relisted until next year.
Jesuorobo’s alleged misconduct took place between June 1, 2004 and November 2, 2006.
It came to light after a probe revealed the students were not on the payroll, when they should have been.
Louise Culleton, for the NMC, told the tribunal: “Mornington Hall is a purpose-built home designed specifically to meet the needs of about 120 patients, offering residential nursing and dementia care.
“The NMC’s case is that the adaptation students for which Ms Jesuorobo signed forms never actually did satisfactory supervised practice at the home.
“Adaptation nurses have completed their original training outside the UK and then seek to register in Britain. Such nurses must complete a period of supervised practice for a minimum of 400 hours over three months.
“Ms Jesuorobo signed forms declaring that the individuals, had completed the required supervised practice and were professionally competent, when in fact they hadn’t.
“She also signed forms for another group of people after she was suspended from her position as home manager.
“Each of these forms indicated the applicant had completed a satisfactory placement at Mornington Hall, employed as an adaptation nurse, according to a necessary amount of supervision and mentorship set out in NMC guidelines.”
Jesuorobo was suspended on September 8, 2006 but resigned before an investigation could conclude.
Jesuorobo admits signing the forms for the second group of students while she was suspended but denies all other charges.
If her fitness to practice is deemed to be impaired, she could be suspended or struck off.
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