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Winchester nurse struck off
A HAMPSHIRE nurse has been struck off for putting “extremely vulnerable” patients at risk by failing to put in place basic care plans and assessments.
Christopher Aslet admitted a catalogue of offences that involved the care of 24 patients with learning difficulties while working as a community nurse for Southern Health in Winchester.
Despite his many years experience Mr Aslet admitted to the Nursing and Midwifery Council that he failed carry out risk assessments for his patients and did not establish care plans for them which are vital to ensure they get the treatment they need.
The hearing in London heard that his numerous failings were discovered as part of an investigation by Southern Health bosses into the record keeping of the Winchester Integrated Community Learning Disability Team and others within the trust in 2011.
As a result of the review Mr Aslet accepted his failings and was dismissed for gross misconduct in August 2011. He has since been working as a shop assistant in a supermarket.
In a letter to the Fitness to Practice panel he said: “I am sorry that my nursing practice has not been of a satisfactory standard and that my nursing career has ended in this fashion.”
The panel concluded: “These allegations involve 24 patients where he failed to put in place basic care plans and assessments.
Their health care depends solely on him to ensure that they have their needs met and access to appropriate health care.
“They are a group of people with learning disabilities of various degrees. Care plans and assessments including risk assessments are fundamental documents to plan the needs of this vulnerable group.”
However they also took into account what they found as “a systematic management failure”
in relation to the management of Mr Aslet’s team.
A spokesperson for Southern Health said that their appraisals for staff are “thorough and comprehensive” and added that training and support is offered to all staff to ensure high standards of care.