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UK authority suspends Nigerian nurse over dishonesty, may strike name off register


A Nigerian nurse, recognized as Elizabeth Offier, who was suspended over misconduct by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) now dangers being struck off from the company’s register.

A panel of the Health to Apply Committee of the NMC had earlier suspended Ms Offier for six months for “impairment of her health to observe arising from misconduct”, however this was questioned by the Skilled Requirements Authority for Well being and Social Care (PSA).

PSA filed an attraction in March 2023 as a result of it mentioned the penalty imposed by the panel was not ample for the “safety of the general public.” It requested the courtroom to quash the choice and substitute a striking-off order.

This was revealed in a 21-page judgement completely obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, which Justice Sheldon accredited on 26 March 2024 after a listening to held on 6 March on the Royal Courtroom of Justice, London.


One other panel evaluate listening to held on 23 August 2023 which Ms Offier did not attend determined to impose an extra interval of suspension for 12 months, with an extra evaluate to be held on the finish of the brand new punishment interval.

The NMC’s panel discovered that Ms Offier was dishonest on completely different events together with her employers, and he or she admitted to having breached the order because of monetary causes.

The way it occurred

Ms Offier was admitted to the NMC register in March 2004, having labored as a nurse in Nigeria for a number of years. In November 2018, she registered with Pulse Healthcare Restricted – a nursing company and labored by them at two Basis Trusts.

On 11 April 2019, the registrant labored an evening shift at a hospital that was a part of South Tees Hospital NHS Basis Belief. Throughout this shift, it was alleged that she signed a affected person’s chart with one other nurse’s initials to point that each she and her colleague had attended to the affected person.

On 22 and 23 April 2019, she additionally labored the night time shift at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Basis Belief, the place it’s alleged that she failed to provide three sufferers intravenous antibiotic medicine and failed to provide insulin to 2 different sufferers.

She is alleged to have signed affected person information indicating that she had administered medicine when she had not.

Ms Offier did not attend any of the conferences scheduled by Pulse to debate whether or not she had been in “breach of contract”, after which her contract was terminated.

Nevertheless, on 11 October 2019, Pulse made a referral to NMC and on 27 August 2019, the registrant utilized for employment with one other agency- First Name Healthcare Company, and refused to reveal within the software kind that she had labored for Pulse or Standby Company – one other company with whom she had been registered.

She confirmed that the data supplied was correct and accomplished a Certified Workers Questionnaire, the place she indicated “No” that she had by no means been the topic of a disciplinary or investigation by an employer, or had been referred to NMC.

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NMC circumstances

The NMC Investigating Committee imposed some circumstances in relation to the administration of medicines and imposed an interim situation of observe order on the registrant for 18 months.

The circumstances imposed by the committee have been that the registrant ought to make sure that she was supervised by one other registered nurse at any time that she was working and that she needed to give a duplicate of those circumstances to any company with whom she was registered to work.

Nevertheless, Ms Offier didn’t notify First Name of the circumstances and in December 2019, by a routine test of NMC information, First Name found that the registrant was topic to circumstances imposed by NMC.

On studying of the circumstances imposed by the company, First Name examined its information and realised that the registrant had labored one-night shift on 7 December 2019 as the one nurse in cost at a care house.

In response, Ms Offier defined that she had “by no means supposed to cover something as such circumstances of observe are all made public by NMC. I’m sorry if it has triggered inconvenience”.

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Ms Offier was ultimately dismissed by First Name and a referral was made to NMC, resulting in her being subjected to an interim suspension order by NMC. This continued to be in power till the listening to earlier than the panel.

As of three Could 2020, Ms Offier reached out to an investigator at NMC stating that she had not supposed to breach the phrases of the order when she labored an evening shift alone.

She defined “I used to be in such a monetary problem that I went to do a shift in a nursing house the place a senior carer was additionally on obligation. I sincerely apologise for having achieved this out of monetary desperation and I strongly state right here that I’ll by no means do such a factor once more”.

Ms Offier failed to seem and was not represented at a listening to earlier than the panel on 9 March 2023.

Enchantment, panel findings

Based on the courtroom doc highlighting the panel findings and Ms Offier’s work historical past and “confirmed” misconduct, NMC, as the primary respondent within the case, has conceded the attraction.

Whereas Ms Offier, the second respondent didn’t seem earlier than the Courtroom, Mr Sheldon famous that she indicated that she was not ready to consent to being struck off the register and that she made no representations as to why the attraction ought to be dismissed.

Nevertheless, the attraction proceeded within the absence of the registrant after the counsel for the PSA, David Hopkins, “indicated that he would search to place earlier than the courtroom the arguments that the registrant might need put had she attended.”

The NMC’s panel discovered that Ms Offier had dishonestly did not disclose data to a future employer in regards to the existence of two earlier employers and that she was topic to investigation by that earlier employer.

It additionally discovered that she had dishonestly did not disclose data to her employer that circumstances had been imposed on her by NMC.

The panel additionally discovered that the registrant had labored one shift for the employer in breach of the situation that she ought to be supervised by a registered nurse.

Courtroom disposal

Mr Sheldon in his feedback admitted that the panel “fell into error by discovering that not one of the six types of dishonesty which are probably to name into query whether or not a nurse ought to be allowed to stay on the register have been met.”

Whereas PSA contends that any sanction lower than considered one of hanging off was not ample for the safety of the general public, it additionally argued that the panel failed to provide satisfactory causes that hanging off was disproportionate.

“I don’t want to succeed in a remaining view on this floor, as I’ve already discovered that the panel made a number of errors and so its resolution was incorrect,” the decide mentioned.

In his conclusion, Mr Sheldon mentioned: “Accordingly, I’ll enable the attraction however remit the choice in order that the query of sanction could be checked out in gentle of the findings that the panel made, but additionally the findings that the panel ought to have made. I shall think about additional submissions from the events as to the suitable type of the order for remittal and on another consequential matter.”Unique: UK authority suspends Nigerian nurse over dishonesty, could strike title off register

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