Care home resident not “tied to table for horseplay” by Hartlepool nurse, tribunal told

The Briar Court care home Hutton Avenue
The Briar Court care home Hutton Avenue

A CARE home resident who claims a nurse regularly tied him to a table has a history of making false allegations against staff, a tribunal heard.

Alison Standing, former deputy manager of Briar Court Nursing Home, in Hartlepool’s Hutton Avenue, allegedly restrained the man when she was in the mood for “horseplay”.

She also allowed her teenager daughters into the home and into the resident’s bedroom unsupervised, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

The man, referred to as “Resident A”, first lived at the home between 2001 and 2004, and then returned between 2008 and 2013.

Standing was deputy manager and later acting manager of the home between December 2008 and May 2012.

Giving evidence yesterday, Resident A, in his late 30s, told the hearing: “Alison would sometimes tape or tie me to the living room table, it appears she would do it when she was in the mood for horseplay.”

Rory Mulchrone, for Standing, said: “Alison agrees that [you were tied up] but that it wasn’t her, it was another nurse.

“And it happened not in your second, but in your first stay at Briar Court, it happened at least 10 years ago.

“Alison actually reported this incident to the manager because she didn’t approve of horseplay.”

“She used to tell people off,” Resident A replied.

The panel heard Resident A used to call Standing on her personal number after she had left the home, but she asked him not to contact her.

Mr Mulchrone said: “When she told you not to contact her, that upset you didn’t it?”

Resident A replied: “Alison used to be my favourite person, I used to get on with Alison.

“I didn’t count Alison as a named nurse, I used to class her as a friend.”

Mr Mulchronre then added: “Your feelings were hurt and you felt rejected, so you made up this story about her tying you up.”

The tribunal heard how the resident once called the home while on an outing to say that his two support workers were drunk and had left him by himself, leading to their suspension.

But he later called the home to say that he was only joking.

On another occasion he claimed his support worker had kicked him, causing the man to be suspended for three months, but he later admitted that this was also untrue.

Mr Mulchrone asked: “Is this tying up story another joke?”

“No,” he replied.

Standing is also charged with telling a colleague “I would love to take you into the toilets now”, but it emerged during the witness’s cross examination that another member of staff said it to her.

The hearing continues.