July 9, 2012

Fatal stabbing of care worker - NHS Trust guilty of safety failings  

Professional Security Magazine has reported on the outcome of a trail, held at Luton Crown Court, where an NHS trust and the owner of a former care home have been found guilty of safety failings after the fatal stabbing of a care worker at a private residential care home. 

Kathleen Bainbridge, 58, from Luton, was killed at Abacus House, on Princes Street, Dunstable, in August 2007 by resident Stephen Flatt, then aged 55, who attacked her with a knife from a kitchen. Fellow care worker Barbara Hill, from Dunstable, was also attacked when she went to help her colleague. Investigating, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Central Bedfordshire Council found that Abacus House was not the correct care facility for Mr Flatt, who had been placed there by the Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Flatt had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and Abacus House staff had no expertise or training for dealing with people with this disorder, or for managing violent or aggressive behaviour.