The former manager of a nursing home has been disciplined for failing to manage patients skin wounds.
Tracey Mordecai was given a 12 month conditions of practice order by the Nursing and Midwifery Council for misconduct while she was manager of Mabbs Hall Care Home in Mildenhall in 2012.
A Care Quality Commission inspection in October 2012 had raised ‘areas of non-compliance’ and a consultancy that carried out medication and wounds assessment audit that December identified failings.
Mordecai resigned on December 7 and has not worked as a nurse since January 2014.
She admitted charges of failing to carry out adequate audits of wounds, such as pressure sores and ulcers, not completing body maps for patients and failing to report wounds to the CQC.
David Clark for the NMC, said Mordecai had responsibility for care as the manager and had ‘erroneously assumed’ other staff had informed the CQC.
Chloe Binding, of the Royal College of Nursing, representing Mordecai said a GP had visited the home weekly and discussed patients with a staff nurse.
The NMC panel said Mordecai had failed in her duty to safeguard patients and report to the CQC and had tried to shift blame onto the GP and junior staff.
The conditions of practice place nine restrictions on her if she returns to work as a nurse, including the level of nursing at which she can work.