Stoke & Staffordshire

Nurse struck off for sexual relationship with patient

A mental health nurse from Stoke-on-Trent has been struck off for having a sexual relationship with a patient in her care.

Deborah Boulton met the man, known as Patient A, while working at the Sutherland Centre in Longton in 2009.

A tribunal heard the couple had sex five times and that Ms Boulton called the man and sent him text messages after the relationship had ended.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) found her guilty of misconduct.

It said that Ms Boulton had breached professional boundaries by giving Patient A her phone number and instructing him to call her.

The panel also found she had failed to maintain accurate records and failed to create a care plan for him.

Destroyed phone

It said: "To allow her to continue practising would fail to protect the public and undermine public confidence in the profession."

The tribunal heard that Patient A was being treated for mental health issues at the Sutherland centre after he had been discharged from hospital following an alleged overdose of diazepam and alcohol.

Patient A said when he tried to finish the relationship Ms Boulton kept contacting him until he destroyed his mobile phone.

The tribunal heard she left voicemail messages on his phone which said: "I will end the relationship and you will be alone because you will never see me again".

The hearing was told that their relationship was revealed when Patient A attended a session with a counsellor in August 2011.

He told the counsellor that he had suffered a relapse because of the relationship.

Ms Boulton had denied the allegations.

She was given an 18-month interim suspension order to allow for the possibility of an appeal.

If she does not appeal within 28 days, then that order will be replaced by the striking-off order.

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