Care worker struck off register after being found to have hit and shouted at elderly residents

Robert Douglas Memorial Home.

A social worker has been struck off after she was found to have pushed, hit and shouted at residents of a Tayside care home.

Tracy Hopkins was found to have behaved abusively on several occasions between 2012 and 2015 at the Robert Douglas Memorial Home in Scone, Perthshire.

Five witnesses gave evidence during a four-day hearing held by watchdog the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at Compass House in Dundee.

One care assistant at the home, named only as YY to protect her identity, said she had seen Ms Hopkins “acting aggressively” towards one resident, named as AA, in November 2015.

She described Ms Hopkins as slamming the resident’s dinner plate on the table, forcefully undressing the resident before pushing him onto a bed and striking him with her right hand.

A manager at the centre told the panel that the incident involving AA had been reported to the police.

Another worker, named as ZZ, described another incident in which the social worker had grabbed BB, a resident with dementia by the wrists and squeezed his arms.

It was also alleged that Ms Hopkins provided care to two residents on her own when their care plans specified that two carers were required.

ZZ also said she shouted down the phone to him to “do as he was told”, or words to that effect.

The SSSC found that Ms Hopkins had mistreated AA and BB, had shouted at ZZ over the phone and provided care to residents which contravened their care plans.

A report from the watchdog said: “You were found to have struck AA on the head. Your conduct was abusive.

“Your behaviour towards service users represented a serious departure from the code (of conduct).

“Your conduct calls into question your suitability to work in social services.”

In striking her from the register, the SSSC said there was “no other way” to protect the public and to maintain confidence in the social service sector.

A spokeswoman for the Robert Douglas Memorial Home said: “The home is under new management, whereby we strictly adhere to the SSSC codes of practice.

“Ms Hopkins has not worked within the home for nearly two years.”

Ms Hopkins could not be reached for comment.