Mental health nurse struck off

Mental health nurse struck off

Mental health nurse struck off

First published in Romsey

A HAMPSHIRE mental health nurse has been struck off after being found guilty of having an inappropriate relationship with a vulnerable teenage patient.

Shaun Lyons, from Romsey, was found guilty of misconduct by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), for breaching personal and professional boundaries on a string on occasions.

Through a series of letters and telephone calls while the 18-year-old, known as Patient A, was in prison, Lyons invited him to go on holiday with him, shared information about his colleagues and other patients and pleaded him to keep their relationship a secret.

The pair met at the Hampshire psychiatric unit where Lyons, of Canal Walk, worked. Their relationship was uncovered when prison guards found the letters, the panel was told.

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9:12am Thu 26 Jan 12

Goldenwight says...

This sort of thing will soon be history, since we will no longer HAVE a mental health service in Hampshire.

I'm actually more concerned about the final sentence- "guards found the letters". Whilst prisoners' mail is vetted when it comes in as appropriate, thereafter it should be confidential. In short, from the story, prison staff have acted unlawfully- I suspect that there is probably more to it than this.
This sort of thing will soon be history, since we will no longer HAVE a mental health service in Hampshire. I'm actually more concerned about the final sentence- "guards found the letters". Whilst prisoners' mail is vetted when it comes in as appropriate, thereafter it should be confidential. In short, from the story, prison staff have acted unlawfully- I suspect that there is probably more to it than this. Goldenwight
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10:51am Thu 26 Jan 12

Bazil Brush says...

Let's clear up a few things...

Firstly, I am a Prison Officer, not a prison guard or a warden or a warder, but a Prison Officer.

Secondly, the prison service do NOT operate any psychiatric units in Hampshire or anywhere else. When offenders are sentenced by the courts to be detained in a psychiatric hospital such as Rampton, Broadmoor or our very own Ravenswood House in Fareham, they are held and cared for by the National Health Service. They DO NOT employ ' Prison Officers ' in these institutions.

I know we seem to be a soft target for criticism and abuse in the Prison Service but please lets get our facts straight before we start pointing fingers!!
Let's clear up a few things... Firstly, I am a Prison Officer, not a prison guard or a warden or a warder, but a Prison Officer. Secondly, the prison service do NOT operate any psychiatric units in Hampshire or anywhere else. When offenders are sentenced by the courts to be detained in a psychiatric hospital such as Rampton, Broadmoor or our very own Ravenswood House in Fareham, they are held and cared for by the National Health Service. They DO NOT employ ' Prison Officers ' in these institutions. I know we seem to be a soft target for criticism and abuse in the Prison Service but please lets get our facts straight before we start pointing fingers!! Bazil Brush
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11:36am Thu 26 Jan 12

Vonnie says...

I don't disagree with you, Bazil, but it is the Echo you should be aiming your comments at. The report distinctly gives the impression that there are prison guards in psychiatric units in Hampshire.

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The pair met at the Hampshire psychiatric unit where Lyons, of Canal Walk, worked. Their relationship was uncovered when prison guards found the letters, the panel was told.
I don't disagree with you, Bazil, but it is the Echo you should be aiming your comments at. The report distinctly gives the impression that there are prison guards in psychiatric units in Hampshire. Quote The pair met at the Hampshire psychiatric unit where Lyons, of Canal Walk, worked. Their relationship was uncovered when prison guards found the letters, the panel was told. Vonnie
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6:38pm Thu 26 Jan 12

eausauvage says...

could it not be that lyons met the patient in a psychiatric hospital, struck up a relationship, then continued said relationship once the patient had been transferred to a prison service? makes more sense really doesn't it.

Transfers between psychiatric hospitals and prisons are not unheard of. Plus that would explain why lyons was communicating by letters and telephone calls. He probably wouldn't have risked doing this if he could just see the patient in person at work.
could it not be that lyons met the patient in a psychiatric hospital, struck up a relationship, then continued said relationship once the patient had been transferred to a prison service? makes more sense really doesn't it. Transfers between psychiatric hospitals and prisons are not unheard of. Plus that would explain why lyons was communicating by letters and telephone calls. He probably wouldn't have risked doing this if he could just see the patient in person at work. eausauvage
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