Former Bupa nurse struck-off for manhandling and threatening resident

A former Bupa nurse has been struck off for manhandling and threatening a resident.

Angela Verity Bickerstaff was found to have use excessive force to put a woman to bed and then threaten to put her in the bath during a night shift at Dove Court Nursing Home in Burnley in December 2014.

When the resident resisted, Mrs Bickerstaff was reported to say: “Shut up lady, people are trying to sleep, if you carry on you’ll be going in the bath at 4am and you’ll be screaming not singing.”

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In making the ruling, the NMC said: “Mrs Bickerstaff had failed to provide the standards of care the public would expect vulnerable residents to receive.

“There was no evidence there had been actual physical harm to the residents in question although the panel had found that there had been a risk of harm.”

The strike-off order, which follows two six month suspensions, comes into effect on 17 November 2017.

Angela Zuraw, Regional Director for Bupa Care Services, said: “We do not tolerate this type of behaviour in any of our homes. Angela Bickerstaff has not worked for us since 2014.”

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