Care manager left two disabled people without food or water

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Alison Johnston, a team leader at Capability Scotland, admitted her fitness to practise was impaired

29th November 2017 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

A care manager has been warned about her conduct after leaving two disabled people without food or water.

Alison Johnston appeared in front of the Scottish Social Services Council last month and admitted that her fitness to practise was impaired.

She was working as a team leader for Capability Scotland at the Wishaw Supported Living Service but is believed to have left her job after allegations were made between August 2015 and February 2016.

The council found that she had been responsible for a man being left in a wheelchair without personal care support, food or water for a period of around eight hours, causing him distress.

Johnston was also found to be guilty of misconduct by telling a relative of the man that they “were being greedy”, and stating that “he hardly sees his family” and “he is lucky if he sees them once a year”.

A failure to ensure staff support was in place meant another service user was left without food, water or assistance for six hours on a later date.

The hearing ruled that that she had put people at risk by failing to meet standards of practise.

The regulator stated: “Social service workers must not put other people at unnecessary risk. They must meet relevant standards of practice and work in a lawful, safe and effective way.

“You failed to ensure that staff support was in place for service users AA and BB. This behaviour was a failure in your duty of care as a team leader to ensure service users’ needs were met.”

Ruling that a warning should be put on Johnston’s record for a period of two years, the regulator concluded: "If repeated, your failings would place other service users directly at risk of harm.

“The reputation of the SSSC and the integrity of the register would be damaged if there was a finding of no current impairment to your fitness to practise.”