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Mildenhall: Failings of former manager of Mabbs Hall Care Home amounted misconduct, panel decides

PUBLISHED: 19:06 06 August 2014 | UPDATED: 19:06 06 August 2014

Mabbs Hall Care Home in Mildenhall.

Mabbs Hall Care Home in Mildenhall.

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The former manger of a Mildenhall care home has been found unfit to practise due to misconduct during her time there.

Tracey Mordecai, who resigned as manager of Mabbs Hall Care Home in Mildenhall High Street on December 7, 2012, was subject to a conduct and competence committee hearing at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in London last month.

Mrs Mordecai, a registered nurse, was charged with failings in relation to residents at the home suffering with pressure sores or other skin wounds.

It was proved that she had not carried out any or any adequate audit of wounds, did not complete body maps for every such resident at the home before December 7, 2012, and prior to December 3, 2012, did not report the “serious pressure wounds” of two residents to safeguarding and/or the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The panel also found she had breached certain elements of the 2008 NMC Code, including “make the care of people your first concern, treating them as individuals and respecting their dignity”.

It was decided there had been misconduct and that Mrs Mordecai’s fitness to practise was currently impaired.

A report on the hearing said: “The panel considered the seriousness of your failings. It noted that you had over 13 years of nursing experience and had previously been in a deputy managerial role. You should, therefore, have been aware of the responsibilities required of a home manager.”

It added: “The panel concluded that your actions brought the nursing profession into disrepute as members of the public would expect a home manager to take the overall responsibility for the wound care in a care home and thereby ensure effective care and monitoring.”

David Clark, who was representing the NMC, said Mrs Mordecai, who admitted the charges, failed to ensure that wound audits were carried out and this constituted “a missed opportunity” to ensure that the correct wound assessments and treatments were being undertaken.

In mitigation, Chloe Binding of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), who represented Mrs Mordecai, said prior to these matters she had no stain on her professional character and when she arrived at the “failing” care home other directors who were drafted in to help did little to ease the burden on her.

When assessing whether Mrs Mordecai was fit to practise, the panel considered there to be a “future risk of patient harm”.

The panel made an 18-month interim conditions of practise order to allow for the possibility of an appeal, but if no appeal is made the 12-month conditions of practise order will take effect.

The report said Mrs Mordecai is no longer working as a nurse.

Mabbs Hall Care Home wished not to comment and this newspaper tried to contact the RCN for a comment.

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