A CARER has been given a warning after allegations she used inappropriate language towards staff and in front of service users were found proven at an inquiry by Scottish Social Services Council.

Kim Mckenzie came to work at Graham Anderson House in Springburn around December 26, last year, and witnesses testified in the inquiry that the carer was suspected by some to be drunk, with one stating that there was “a strong smell of alcohol” coming from Mckenzie.

Graham Anderson House is a specialist rehabilitation service for people who have brain injuries run by The Brain Injuries Rehabilitation Trust, a group belonging to The Disabilities Trust.

Mckenzie then proceeded to tell a member of staff that “You can’t trust any c**t in here” after lamenting that someone in the house had “grassed her up”, while another said that they saw Mckenzie behaving visibly bizarre stating: “He noticed that you were swaying, your eyes were ­closing and your words were slurred.”

The inquiry also found the allegation proven that Mckenzie said to a colleague while attending a service user that she “had a c**t of a night last night”, while also complaining about having problems with the service user they were physically attending to them.

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According to witness testimonies, she proceeded to fall asleep in the lounge of the house, in full view of service users in the care at home facility, however the inquiry heard that the service user “had been in the lounge at the time although he was clear that you were not the staff member responsible for the one to one support of [service user] at that time.”

Staff members and witnesses state that Mckenzie was asleep in the house for around 20 minutes.

The inquiry stated: “The witness spoke to the fact that what he witnessed in the lounge was in front of service user and expressed the view that the behaviour was unprofessional.”

Mckenzie lay on the chair in the lounge and appeared to fall asleep with one member of staff stating that she did not move when the radio went off beside her head, before asking “What was that?” when the member of staff ­answered the call.

Scottish Social Service Council stated that because of conflicting testimonies surround the alleged drunkenness, they could not prove this point at the inquiry.

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While allegation of drunkenness in the workplace was found unproven, with the inquiry also stating they were unable to prove whether she was drunk on the morning of work, of whether she was just hungover from the night before, the allegations of inappropriate language towards staff and service users were found proven.

As a result, Mckenzie has been given an 18-month warning, stating: “At the hearing, the Panel decided that some of the allegations against you were proved [and] that your fitness to practise is impaired.”