A care home nurse who slapped a dementia patient in the face will be allowed to return to work after it was accepted she acted in self defence. Michele Rowley was working at The Pavillion Care Centre in Houghton le Spring in August 2016 when she struck a ‘vulnerable’ elderly woman who was ‘violent and agressive’. The nurse, who had an unblemished 35-year career until this incident, told a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel was told that the woman, identified as Resident A, was ‘difficult’ and ‘never spoke but made growling noises and was prone to acts of violence’

A woman who stole £380 from care home residents has been jailed for nine months. Rebecca Crook, 35, and of Coal Clough Lane, Burnley, stole the money from the victims between September 7, 2016 and March 1, 2017. Crook worked as a secretary at Crawshaw Hall Medical Centre and Nursing Home in Burnley Road, Crawshawbooth, at the time of the offence. She was based in the office of the director at the dementia unit and was responsible for the management of residents’ money. Sentencing Crook to nine months in jail, Judge Beverley Lunt said imprisonment was the ‘only option’ for a ‘breach of trust’.

LifeCare Residences has appointed David Knight as the new General Manager of Grove Place.

Countrywide Healthcare has appointed two new board members. Sarah Robinson has joined as operations director, while Richard Hannah will take on the role of finance director.

Stuart Coleman is the new manager of Healthcare Homes’ Fornham House residential care home in Fornham St Martin.

Elaine Young has been appointed as chief executive officer of Routes Healthcare.

The leader of Haringey council will stand down from office in May following a long-running battle in the borough over its plans to regenerate several council estates. Claire Kober, who has been leader of the London Borough since 2008, said while she was “passionate” about “delivering regeneration”, it was “not always a popular or easy path to take”.

Clare Budden, chief officer for community and enterprise at Flintshire County Council, will take over at Pennaf Housing Group in April. She replaces Graham Worthington, who is retiring after 22 years at the 5,800-home landlord.