Former nurse cautioned for hiding medication in residents’ food

A retired nurse who hid medication in residents’ food has been given a two-year caution order.

Stewart Sheridan was given the order by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) for hiding medication in residents’ food and asking unqualified staff to administer it.

The incidents occurred at St Mary’s Nursing Home in Harborough Magna, Rugby between November 2014 and November 2015.

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Mr Sheridan was suspended by the home pending an investigation in November 2015 after reports of the incidents emerged.

He resigned from his role in December 2015 after the allegations were substantiated by the home.

The NMC said: “The panel was of the view that Mr Sheridan’s actions did fall significantly short of the standards expected of a registered nurse.”

Mr Sheridan was found to have breached the professional nurses and midwives code of practice by failing to deliver fundamental care effectively and delegating tasks to unqualified colleagues.

He was also found to have failed to ensure that residents’ care was compatible with other treatment they were receiving, including over the counter medicines, and was ruled to have not taken adequate steps to ensure medication was stored securely, while effectively reducing risks of mistakes and harm.

The former nurse was also found to have breached medicines management standards by failing to be certain of the identity of people being given medication.

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