Mental health nurse Brian Hawcroft suspended: Relationship with vulnerable patient

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Mental health nurse Brian Hawcroft suspended: Relationship with vulnerable patient

Mental health nurse Brian Hawcroft suspended for getting into relationship with vulnerable patient.

Brian Hawcroft has been suspended from duty for 18 months.

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Brian Hawcroft has been suspended from Humber NHS Foundation Trust

A mental health nurse has been suspended from duty for 18 months after forming a relationship with a vulnerable patient.

Brian Hawcroft was working as a therapist for the NHS Humber Foundation Trust in Hull, providing cognitive behavioural therapy to a vulnerable woman when she confessed she had feelings for him.

Instead of “maintaining professional boundaries”, Hawcroft gave the woman his mobile number and struck up the relationship with her whilst she was undergoing treatment with him.

The woman suffered from anxiety disorder and had a complex mental health history, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

As her therapist, Hawcroft saw himself as a ‘rescuer’ who engaged in a ‘client centred’ style of therapy.

After a mental health crisis, the woman was hospitalised in 2017. Three days later Hawcroft observed the woman as she swam during a three hour session – despite already being in a relationship with her.

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The couple formed a relationship whilst Brian Hawcroft was working as a nurse.

Hawcroft did not inform his supervisors of the nature of the relationship, and even took some of her old medical records to his home.

The panel heard Hawcroft and his former patient are still in a relationship. He was also accused of discharging the patient prematurely.

NMC panel chair Andrew Galliford-Yates said there had been clear breaches of the profession.

Mental health and suicide support

Helplines and support groups

The NHS Choices website lists the following helplines and support networks for people to talk to.

  • Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org.
  • Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
  • PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is an organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
  • Mind (0300 123 3393) is a charity based in England providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
  • Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
  • Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.

He said: “The panel found that you understand that your actions, and the accompanying breach of professional boundaries, are not acceptable.

“Your understanding is somewhat blurred by the fact that you are now in a continuing relationship with Patient A which began in September 2017.

“It is further confused by your view of yourself as a ‘rescuer’ who engaged in a ‘client centred’ style of therapy.

“The panel considered that you do not fully understand the potential for risk of harm to Patient A, in that you do not fully appreciate what might have occurred had the relationship not continued and the consequences of that.”

Mr Galliford-Yates said there were mitigating circumstances, and said this was not a case of a victim being groomed.

He said: “The panel determined that, although there had been clear breaches of fundamental tenets of the profession, there are in your case mitigating circumstances.

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“With regards to the seriousness of your actions, the panel noted its finding that this was not a case of a vulnerable patient being targeted while in your care.

“The panel accepted your account of how the misconduct came about and noted that this was corroborated by Patient A, albeit that she did not attend to give oral evidence.

“The panel was clear that this case was not in the category of seriousness where a victim has been groomed by a predator.”

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