Vulnerable pensioner ‘taped to table’ by care home boss

Briar Court Hutton Avenue.
Briar Court Hutton Avenue.

A CARE home boss is facing a tribunal accused of taping a vulnerable resident with learning difficulties to an office chair or a table.

Alison Standing was deputy manager and later acting manager at the Briar Court Nursing Home, in Hartlepool, at the time of the allegations between September 2007 and May 2012.

She is accused of letting her two young daughters into the home, which is a facility for adults with learning difficulties and mental health problems based in Hutton Avenue.

Standing also allowed them into the bedroom of the resident in question unsupervised, it is said.

She allegedly let the two girls take the man, known as Resident A, out of the home by themselves.

Standing also let the same resident into her own home, the Nursing and Midwifery Council panel heard.

It is also alleged that she taped him to a ‘table and/or office chair’ on one or more occasion during her time as manager of the home.

She once told a male colleague, “I would love to take you into the toilets now” in the presence of Resident A, it is said.

Standing, wearing black trousers and a black and white flowered shirt, denies all of the charges against her.

The hearing was dogged by preliminary legal arguments on Monday, and was expected to get up and running today.

Rory Mulchrone, for Standing, argued that the case should be thrown out, because no specific dates for the alleged incidents have been give and the five-year time frame was too broad.

He said: “The NMC panel is unable to provide even this basic information against her, she’s in the dark as to how the case against he will be brought.”

He said between 2007 and 2012, both of Standing’s daughters would have turned 16, at which point leaving them alone with a resident would no longer be classed as inappropriate.

Fayza Benlamkadem, for the NMC, said that many historic crimes are tried when the victim can only give a time frame of when the events occurred.

She said: “The resident had complex needs and learning difficulties, he hasn’t been able to say when this matter occurred other than that he was in the home and the registrant worked there.

“The witness is able to say what occurred and the registrant will be able to say whether or not her daughters were allowed into the home on several occasions.”

The hearing continues.