A nurse continued to work at a clinic despite being struck off over a”gross dereliction” of her role in charge of a care home for the elderly.
Katherine Bain, 48, was handed a suspended prison sentence after a court heard she earned more than £40,000 before officials discovered her ban by chance.
Bain, of Upper Warrengate, failed to tell her new employers of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s decision to strike her off and she continued to work illegally at the private clinic in Wakefield for 18 months.
Leeds Crown Court was toldthat during that period she was responsible for assisting doctors in theatre and prepared anaesthetics.
The deception came to light in January after Bain agreed to manage a new clinic which her employers were due to open in London.
Marie Austin-Walsh, prosecuting, said Care Quality Commission officials did checks prior to the opening of the new centre and her past was discovered. Bain pleaded guilty to fraud.
A probation officer expressed concern over Bain’s attitude after she was interviewed about the offence and said: “Nobody died.”
Michael Jowet, mitigating, said: “She is only qualified to nurse. She struggled to come to terms with the fact that being struck off meant an end to that and she chose to carry on doing what she did rather than disclose it to her employers.”
She was given a 12-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, and 160 hours of unpaid work. She now faces civil action from the private clinic.
Bain was struck off in July 2011 for issues which included failing to investigate a complaint that a carer had been violent towards a dementia sufferer while she was in charge of Carr Gate Nursing home.
A Nursing and Midwifery Council panel was told that an elderly resident was shaken so hard her dentures fell out. Bain chose to deal with the mater by having an ‘informal chat’ with the care assistant responsible.
Bain also left residents without heating for more than 24 hours because the gas bill had not been paid.
Panel chairman Evis Samupfonda said:”Her failures constitute a gross dereliction of her role as manager of a residential home which was supposed to provide care for some of the most vulnerable members of society.”