Prison nurse struck off after sending raunchy letters to inmate
A prison nurse has been struck off after she penned intimate letters of a sexual nature to an inmate.
Cheryl Sutcliffe was found to have let a prisoner kiss and touch her in May 2018 while she worked at HMP Leeds, West Yorkshire.
She resigned from the men's jail after she was suspended in September 2018 following an investigation.
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However, following her resignation, the former mental health nurse reportedly began sending "sexually motivated" letters to another inmate, referred to as Prisoner M.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) ruled to axe Sutcliffe – who did not attend the three-day hearing last week – from its register after she was found to have "breached professional boundaries".
The investigation alleged Sutcliffe went into patients' cells and closed the door to engage in flirtatious behaviour.
She wrote to the prisoner: "I can't wait to get my hands on you you naughty little f***er. And if you started s****ing a nurse in there I'd be well f***ed off haha I'd want to kill you, although I wouldn't say owt, but I don't want you doing owt like that before I've had a chance to get my hands on you.
"Then me and you are going and all we are going to do is just s**h like f***! I can't wait." Sutcliffe also reportedly sent a snap of herself as part of a "jail-mate card" to the same prisoner.
The NMC said: "When determining whether Miss Sutcliffe had breached professional boundaries, the panel noted in Miss Sutcliffe's written submissions that she began developing feelings for Prisoner M whilst she was working at the prison.
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"The panel was of the view that Miss Sutcliffe's actions did fall very significantly short of the standards expected of a registered nurse, and that Miss Sutcliffe's actions amounted to clear breaches of the 2015 Code. The panel appreciated that breaches of the code do not automatically result in a finding of misconduct.
"However, the panel reminded itself that after the first incident with Prisoner A in May 2018, Miss Sutcliffe was suspended and received training and guidance in relation to appropriate behaviour within a prison setting. Despite this, Miss Sutcliffe subsequently breached professional boundaries with Prisoner M.
"The panel determined that on both occasions Miss Sutcliffe abused her privileged position and that her behaviour had the potential to adversely affect the well-being of the prisoners, particularly Prisoner M. The panel considered that a fellow member of the nursing profession would consider Miss Sutcliffe's actions as deplorable.
"The panel noted that the serious breach of the fundamental tenets of the profession evidenced by Miss Sutcliffe's actions is fundamentally incompatible with Miss Sutcliffe remaining on the register."
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