Elaine Fallowfield the manager at the Hillcroft Nursing Home in Slyne near Lancaster has had her name removed from the nursing register for professional misconduct.
In 2014, four care workers were convicted of abusing elderly residents at the Hillcroft Nursing Home. Elaine Fallowfield was in charge of the care home during the period of May 2010 to September 2011 when the abuse took place.
At her misconduct hearing the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) found that Mrs Fallowfield had, “put patients at risk of harm.” Richard Paton-Philip of the NMC said that Mrs Fallowfield had, “put other factors including her own relationship with staff members ahead of the safety of residents and her actions had demonstrated a serious dereliction of duty.”
Michael Rowlinson whose father Norman, suffered abuse at the home said, “She held a position of responsibility but was complicit in the mistreatment of some of the most vulnerable members of the community, failing both them and the families who put their trust in her.”
Mrs Fallowfield who resigned from the position as manager failed to attend the hearing. The Care Commission commented that they were pleased with the outcome. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hulme from Lancashire Police said, “Mrs Fallowfield had been aware of the allegations but had failed to take appropriate action.” “The victims suffered horribly and the crimes had a devastating effect on their families. We hope the outcome of the hearing will give them some closure so they can start to move forward with their lives.”
Mrs Fallowfield had 28 days to appeal.