Senior nurse struck off for ‘aggressive, intimidating and bullying’ behaviour towards staff

Multiple staff reported being “terrified” of raising concerns.

Ian Snug
18 June 2019
nursing and midwifery council

The former Director of Nursing has been struck off for bullying, aggressive and intimidating behaviour.

A former Director of Nursing has been struck off the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s register for bullying, aggressive and intimidating behaviour.

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Concerns were raised while Hazel Dinnie was working as a director of nursing at the BMI Healthcare Albyn Hospital in Aberdeen between July 2015 and November 2016.

Documents from the nursing regulator reveal how a member of staff was shouted at for spelling her name with a lower-case ‘h’ alongside shouting and swearing at colleagues.

One member of staff reported how Ms Dennie ‘went into an absolute rage’ invading their personal space and reducing them to tears after they logging two medication errors onto an electronic system before informing her.

“It was almost like she wanted to reduce me to that state and she was happy she’d achieved it,” she told the panel.

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‘Terrified’.

Multiple staff reported being “terrified” of raising concerns to her and, on occasion, allegedly pressured staff into marking clinical incidents as minor.

At the hearing, which concluded last month, the panel stated that Ms Dinnie “deliberately bullied her staff to the point where they did not want to report concerns or near misses and who frightened her staff to the extent that they considered leaving their roles”.

But also noting that “there is no evidence of actual patient harm” and Ms Dinnie produced “a range of positive testimonials in relation to your clinical practice”

Going on to find Ms Dinnie guilty of acting in a manner which was “aggressive and intimidating and bullying towards colleagues” and failing to act “appropriately and professionally” in a position of leadership.

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Ms Dinnie was handed an interim suspension order and has 18 months in which to appeal the decision. If no appeal is lodged, then a substantive striking off order will come into effect.

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