Care home nurse suspended over series of medication errors


A nurse has been suspended following a series of medication errors at a Bupa care home.

Michael Huxley, who was employed at the Newton Court Care Home between 23 October 2017 until his resignation on 23 February 2018, was given a six month suspension order with a review and a 18-month interim suspension order by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

Mr Huxley was found to have made a series of medication errors while employed at the home between 13 November 2017 and 18 February 2018.

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The care home nurse, who was not present at the hearing, had previously commented in an email: “I made mistakes, made errors. I am still haunted by that but am not and have never been dishonest… But as I said in my email I am not denying the fact I made those mistakes. I did not at the time. So if that is what you want I admit to charges and impairment.”

In reaching its decision, the NMC said: “The panel considered Mr Huxley’s lack of meaningful insight, remediation, or recognition of the impact of his failings on the profession. It reached the view that a suspension order for a period of six months would allow Mr Huxley the time he needs to reflect on the findings of this panel as to his misconduct and to take steps to remediate, if he so wished.”

Jacqui Farrington, Regional Director for Newton Court care home, told CHP: “We pride ourselves on our quality and compassionate care. The actions of this individual fell short of the high standards we expect. We acted quickly on our concerns, and they are no longer employed at the home.

“We proactively reported our concerns to the relevant authorities to prevent this from happening again.”

Bupa said it had proactively reported its concerns about Mr Huxley to the NMC and the DBS. The care home operator said Mr Huxley had resigned when concerns were raise about his performance.

Newton Court Care Home is rated Good by the CQC.

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