Care home worker held towel over resident’s nose and mouth

Christine Grant was convicted at Inverness Sheriff Court earlier this year for the assault.

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Struck off: Christine Grant was convicted at Inverness Sheriff Court earlier this year for the assault.

A care home worker has been struck off for pushing and holding a towel over the nose and mouth of a resident.

Christine Grant was convicted at Inverness Sheriff Court earlier this year for the assault, which happened while she was working in Nairn in the Highlands.

Following her court case, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) found her fitness to practise impaired.

In a written ruling, the watchdog said: “Your behaviour was likely to have caused the service user distress and emotional harm.

“People who use services rely on a caring and professional relationship and have to place their trust in this relationship.

“Your conviction is an abuse of that trust and as such your actions are fundamentally incompatible with professional registration.”

Although Grant’s behaviour was said to be an “isolated incident”, she failed to engage with the SSSC and as such had “not shown any insight, regret or remorse”.

In conclusion, the watchdog said a removal order was the “most appropriate sanction” to maintain the “continuing trust and confidence in the social service profession and the SSSC as the regulator of the profession”.

The removal order came into effect on October 20.