A nurse who “shoved” a dementia patient against a wall and gave another patient unprescribed laxative has had her NMC registration restored.

The Courier reporting on the case of mental health nurse Vicki Anne Thom, said she was struck off the NMC register in 2013 because she failed to promptly inform her employer that police had charged her with assault in relation to the incident.

Applying to be restored to the NMC register, Ms Thom told the NMC’s fitness to practise panel “she was sorry for her actions and felt remorseful every day and had learned from her mistakes” saying that “if faced with a similar set of circumstances, she would remove herself from the situation, raise the alarm and seek assistance.”

The NMC report said of Ms Thom, “Your treatment of a vulnerable, frail and elderly woman who had dementia and presented with associated behavioural problems was unacceptable.  No patient should be subjected to the form of aggression and retaliation that you displayed.

Writing about the incident in 2011, the report continued “The panel also finds that you demonstrated dishonesty and an intention to deceive your employers by withholding the fact that you had been charged with assault.”

The NMC’s fitness to practise panel found Ms Thom demonstrated “sufficient insight” into her failings and was able to articulate how she would act differently if faced with a similar situation in future finding that a “well-informed member of the public would accept” she deserved “second chance”.

The conditions placed on her practise are:

  • Supervision by a registered nurse
  • She must not administer medication unsupervised until she is signed off by a registered nurse as competent to do so
  • She must work with her line manager to create a personal development plan
  • The NMC must be informed of where she is working or studying and any clinical incidents or disciplinary proceedings concerning her.