Nurse struck off for hitting woman at Sheffield care home

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A nurse has been struck off for slapping a wheelchair-bound cerebral palsy sufferer at a Sheffield care home.

Mary Ibrahim was working for Roseberry Care Centres - which runs homes around the city - when she lashed out at the woman, hitting her leg.

Ibrahim claimed the woman had run into her deliberately with her wheelchair, and that she then tried to prevent herself from falling - but her explanation was rejected as ‘implausible’ during a Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing.

The hearing was told the patient was ‘challenging’ and would kick staff and shove their legs with her wheelchair. She could also be verbally abusive and was prone to mood swings.

Giving evidence, one care assistant said she was helping residents on their way to a buffet lunch event when she heard Ibrahim shout, ‘Stop kicking me’.

“I turned around immediately and saw Mary strike the resident on her right thigh,” she said.

“Mary hit her using her right hand, flat handed and palm open - it made a loud and clearly audible smacking sound.

“It all happened quickly, in about 10 seconds.”

The care assistant said she had not witnessed the woman kicking Ibrahim.

Ibrahim said the woman had also rammed her with her wheelchair and she had flailed out with her hand only to stop herself from falling.

But panel chair Paul Housego said the nurse ‘deliberately slapped a vulnerable resident’.

“You have shown no insight into your misconduct,” said Mr Housego.

“The panel took into account that this was a spontaneous action in the heat of the moment when the resident collided with you, and that she suffered no physical injury.

“Nevertheless, in all of these circumstances, the panel concluded your misconduct was fundamentally incompatible with you continuing to be a registered nurse.”

Mr Housego dismissed Ibrahim’s version of events, calling it ‘implausible’.

Ibrahim had worked as a registered nurse for 44 years, nine of which were with Roseberry.

The nurse, who attended the hearing in London, was handed a striking-off order, which followed an 18-month interim suspension order.

The disabled woman was slapped in March 2012, the panel was told, and the incident meant Ibrahim’s ‘fitness to practise was impaired by reason of misconduct’.

Roseberry Care Centres has facilities in Walkley, Pitsmoor, Chapeltown and Shiregreen.

It was not disclosed at the hearing in London at which of the Sheffield centres the incident occurred.