Care home worker struck off for swearing and using ‘unnecessary force’


A former brighterkind care home worker has been struck off for swearing at a resident and using “unnecessary force”.

Care assistant Tracey Grundy was barred by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) following incidents that occurred during her employment at Kingsmills Care Home in Inverness in April 2019. The home was subsequently transferred to Renaissance Care in 2020.

The SSSC found that Ms Grundy swore at and threatened a resident and pulled them from their chair without using correct moving and handling techniques.

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In another incident, Ms Grundy was found to have grabbed and pinned a resident’s arm while delivering personal care and used unnecessary force to remove their continence aid.

Addressing Ms Grundy, the panel said: “Your behaviour involved a failure to provide an acceptable level of care to a vulnerable resident and a failure to treat this resident with dignity and respect. Taking all of the behaviour into account, the SSSC considers your actions to be serious.”

A Four Seasons Healthcare Group spokesperson said: “We are aware of the proceedings involving a former employee of Kingsmills care home, which is no longer operated by Four Seasons Health Care Group.

“At the time of the allegations, we immediately suspended the employee while an investigation was carried out. She was then dismissed and the matter reported to the Scottish Social Services Council, which we have provided with our full support throughout this process. The care and wellbeing of our residents remains our first priority and we will always act to uphold our high standards of care.”

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