CCTV footage of alleged misdemeanours by a nurse at a Lancashire care home was obtained by her family, including rough treatment, a watchdog was told.

The family of an unnamed elderly dementia patient at the now-closed Lake View home, at Withnell, had installed a spy camera amid concerns about the conduct of Jennifer Wairimu Kioko, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) heard.


Images captured by the hidden device, from Christmas Day 2014, showed Kioko pulling the resident by her wrist while trying to move her, a conduct and competence panel was told.

And on Boxing Day the nurse, who was working for the Servoca agency, was pictured performing a drag lift on the same woman.

The footage showed Kioko inappropriately moving the resident and failing to follow infection control measures on at least three other occasions.

She admitted to the majority of the charges but two other allegations, involving rough treatment while fitting a continence pad, and inappropriately pulling her by the shoulder, which she denied, were dismissed after video evidence failed to support them.

Kioko was suspended for three months, after her fitness to practice was found to be impaired, Abigail Holt, for Kioko, said her client had undergone training during 2015 and could offer several positive references and testimonials regarding her work.

Hearing chairman Robin Somerville said: “The panel has seen evidence that, over a number of shifts on separate days, you demonstrated a lack of concern, empathy and compassion towards Resident A.”