Arbroath nurse suspended

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Brass Scales of Justice on a desk showing Depth-of-field books behind in the background

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A Community Mental Health nurse from Arbroath has been suspended following a misconduct tribunal into an inappropriate relationship with a patient.

Angela Catherine Harrison was given a suspension order for three months and an interim suspension order for 18 months by a Conduct and Competence Committee substantive hearing held by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The sentence was delivered yesterday (Thursday) by the tribunal in Edinburgh.

Harrison was charged with engaging in an inappropriate personal and/or sexual relationship with ‘Patient A’ between June and December 2013; that the full extent of this relationship was not disclosed on October 30, 2013, at a disciplinary meeting into an allegation of unprofessionalism regarding the aforementioned relationship; and that Harrison’s reaction to the second charge had been dishonest in that she had lied about her relationship with Patient A.

The first charge relating to the inappropriate relationship was found proved in its entirety, while the subsequent charges of failing to reveal the extent of the aforementioned relationship and that her actions had been dishonest with regards lying about the relationship were proved by Harrison’s own admission.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council ruled that Harrison’s fitness to practise had been impaired by reason of her misconduct and suspended her.