No case to answer against psychiatric nurse

Carolina Bracken successfully argued that there was no case to answer against a psychiatric nurse before the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The NMC alleged that the nurse’s failure to properly assess and escalate the risk of a recently discharged psychiatric patient caused or contributed to his suicide.

Carolina successfully argued that there was insufficient evidence to find some of the alleged facts proved under Rule 24(7). However, she then raised the unusual argument that, notwithstanding the Panel’s finding that some facts were capable of proof, there no case to answer in respect of impairment under Rule 24(8). The Panel agreed, and the case was stopped at half time.