Fraud sister can carry on working

Lt Col Angela Knock
Lt Col Angela Knock
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The Nursing and Midwifery Council has ruled out immediate action against a Sheffield NHS operating theatre sister who has admitted expenses fraud in the Territorial Army.

Lieutenant Colonel Angela Knock, aged 49, of Chapeltown, has pleaded guilty to fraud and forgery at a military court.

Knock, a widowed mother of three grown-up sons, has served two tours of Iraq and three tours in Afghanistan, including running the operating theatre at Camp Bastion Hospital during her most recent service.

She was originally accused of fraudulently obtaining almost £40,000.

But the charges she has admitted relate to £8,000 of claims for gardening services at her home from 2009 to 2011.

Knock admitted 10 charges at a preliminary court martial hearing and has started repaying some of the money.

She is not due to be sentenced until October.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council said that although the organisation can issue interim orders restricting fitness to practise, it would do so only where patients were at risk.

Knock, who in civilian life is employed by an agency working mainly at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, was highly praised for her efforts in Afghanistan, where more than a dozen horrifically-maimed people needed surgery every day.

She is understood to be still working.

A spokeswoman for the NMC said: “Where someone is guilty of a criminal offence, we would let the court process take place before considering the case.

“Options open to us could include conditions on her, suspending her or striking her off.”

A spokesperson from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “Ms Knock is not currently at work due to leave.

“On her return there will be a meeting with Ms Knock to discuss appropriate next steps.”