A care worker has had his knuckles rapped after he admitted turning up to work at a Dundee home while smelling of alcohol.
David Ness, a care assistant at Pitkerro Care Centre, admitted he had attended work in October 2015 smelling of booze.
An independent panel at a hearing of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) also found that Ness attended a meeting with his manager in March 2016 while smelling of drink.
He told the tribunal, held at Compass House in Dundee, that he had experienced personal difficulties around each of the incidents.
The care worker had even gone as far as vowing not to drink the day before he was on shift – a promise he admitted he broke before his clash with management in March.
He was sacked by the care home shortly after this meeting and has since volunteered with charities such as The Brae Riding for the Disabled and the Boomerang Centre.
He now works full-time elsewhere, outside of the care sector.
The panel told Ness his conduct “fell short of what is proper in the circumstances”, and expressed doubt that the behaviour would not be repeated.
It added: “You accepted the potential for risk to service users.
“This demonstrates some insight, however, your failing to abide by the commitment made within five months suggests limitation in your insight at that time.
“The panel considered the consequences of your behaviour and while there were no direct adverse consequences to service users there was potential to cause harm as recognised by you in your evidence.”
The SSSC issued Ness with a 12-month warning to be placed on his official registration as a care worker.