A CARE worker has been struck off after being found guilty of a catalogue of abuse of vulnerable residents at a Greenock nursing home.

Christy Jamieson's case came in front of a six-day-long hearing at the Scottish Social Services Council in Dundee.

It was decided that his fitness to practise was impaired on the basis of 'repeated instances of neglect and abuse of vulnerable service users', our sister title the Greenock Telegraph reported.

He faced a string of serious allegations of misconduct between 2015 and 2016 at Merino Court Care Home in Drumfrochar Road relating to both residents and other staff.

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They included demeaning residents, causing them distress and smacking one on the arm.

He also neglected residents' basic hygiene by failing to give them showers, while saying that he did.

A report of the allegations and findings ran to a total of 24 pages, with more than 20 allegations upheld by the panel.

The report said: "While employed as care assistant by HC-One Ltd, at Merino Court Nursing Home in Greenock and during the course of your employment, you did: "In around December 2015 shout at a resident A 'Back in your room boy if you keep shouting', or words to that effect.

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"In around 18 December pinch resident B on the nose in an attempt to make him swallow."

The report also highlighted an incident in September 2016 when Jamieson caused distress to a woman suffering from dementia who was calling for her family.

It said he replied with a series of cruel retorts, saying: 'they are not coming to see you, your family put you in here and you family's all grown up and they don't have time to see you', or words to that effect.

The report said he proceeded to laugh when the lady became upset.

Mr Jamieson also caused a row between residents, saying one had said something about the other.

On three separate days in December 2016, he failed to support three residents to have a shower, told a colleague that he couldn't be bothered with the task for one resident and decided to wet his hair to make it look as if the resident had been showered.

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Between the period July and December 2016 on multiple occasions he wet six different people's heads to make it look as if they had been showered and therefore act in a dishonest manner.

On multiple occasions he advised a colleague to inaccurately complete personal hygiene records to show that multiple residents had been showered when this was not the case.

The report also states that during this time he made inappropriate comments of a sexual nature to a colleague.

On or around December 11, 2016 he left a bathroom door in a public area wide open while supporting a resident, failed to follow safe moving and handling procedures and as a result led to the lady becoming distressed.

The panel concluded that the Mr Jamieson's fitness to practise is currently impaired by reason of his misconduct.

The findings revealed that Mr Jamieson, who was not present at the hearing, had worked in the home since 2010 and had attended training in dignity, person-centred care, dementia care and safer people handling.

It said: "The degree of training ought to have given you an awareness that your conduct towards residents specified in the allegations fell far short of what was proper."

The panel said that the facts proved demonstrated a 'fundamental attitudinal problem.' with 'repeated instances of neglect and abuse of vulnerable service users and dishonesty'.

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The panel concluded: "The panel considered that your behaviour was serious, deliberate and repeated.

"It involved a significant abuse of the trust placed in you to care for vulnerable elderly people.

"You have shown a persistent lack of insight into the seriousness of your failings, which as already noted, involved departures from multiple parts of the code(s) of repeated occasions.

"There is no evidence that there has been any remediation."

A temporary suspension order against Jamieson is currently in place until July 26 and there is no order to revoke it.

A spokesman for Merino Court Care Home, said: “The behaviour of this individual goes against the principles of compassion, kindness and dignity that we pride ourselves on as an organisation and staff team.

“At the time of the incident in 2016, the individual in question was suspended and later left our employment.

"We strongly support the SSSC in ensuring care workers in Scotland meet the highest standards.

“Since the incident, Merino Court has twice been rated ‘very good’ by the Care Inspectorate in August 2017 and June 2018, underlining that our staff team is committed to delivering the kindest possible care to all of our residents.

"We also receive regular positive feedback from residents and relatives, with the home being rated 9.7/10 on the independent comparison website carehome.co.uk."