NEWS HR

A former Highland care home manager has been cleared of misconduct allegations by a Nursing and Midwifery Council panel. John Charters was assistant manager at Grandview House in Grantown on Spey when it was alleged he failed in his care of residents at the site. Following a hearing, the panel determined that his fitness to practice had not been impaired. The panel determined that almost 30 facts in the case could not be proved. In its newly released outcome, it said the facts that could be proved did not amount to misconduct.

Pelham House Care Home is looking for an experienced Home Manager to take the organisation forward.

A membership organisation has appointed a new chief executive. Housemark, which provides data relating to the housing sector, has named Laurice Ponting as the replacement for departing boss Ross Fraser.

A social worker in Wales has been struck off the register after leaving a bag containing his professional diary and other confidential information at a service user’s home.

A care home worker has been struck off after a series of blunders put disabled residents at risk. Michael Haire was investigated following complaints about his time as a support worker at Capability Scotland’s Upper Springland centre in Perth. Now a Scottish Social Services Council panel has found Mr Haire guilty of misconduct over a catalogue of “serious” failures between April 2012 and September 2014. The body ruled that Mr Haire, from Perth, had given the wrong medicine – or wrong dosages – to four patients. He had also failed to record giving medicine to a service user and also didn’t report another occasion when a different resident had refused their medicine. In September 2014, he failed to draw up a record sheet before giving medication to patient named only as HH, which meant the user got more medication than was prescribed. In a report by a SSSC sub-committee, a spokesman said the care worker had been well trained in the practices of administering medication and had “significant experience” in the care sector.

Lanarkshire Housing Association Ltd (LHA) has announced that James Stevenson has retired as chief executive after more than 33 years’ service with the Association.

Eamonn O’Neal, group managing editor of Trinity Mirror Regionals, has been appointed chief executive at St Ann’s Hospice.

A north-east housing association has appointed the first female chairperson in its 97-year history. Berni Whitaker is the new Chair-Elect at Darlington-based Railway Housing Association and officially takes up her role in July.