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A prison nurse has lost her job for good after starting a relationship with an inmate and dispensing methadone without a valid prescription.
Ashleigh Naylor reportedly began a romantic relationship with Paul Lane, a Kirkham Prison inmate, after she chaperoned him to a doctor's appointment.
As a result of Ashleigh and Paul’s “open secret” love affair, the 30-year-old health worker was given a suspended prison sentence in November 2018.
According to Chronicle Live, she pleaded guilty to a charge relating to aiding or abetting an unauthorised device in prison while she was at Holme House in Stockton.
Back then, Teesside Crown Court was told the former nurse began writing to Paul frequently, and after knowing him on a more personal level, she bought him credit so “he could call her from inside on an illicit mobile phone”.
The court also heard that the former nurse had been caught after “drunkenly confessing” to a prison officer at her house that she "had a boyfriend who was in fact a serving prisoner".
"The officer asked her if the inmate had a phone inside and she said ‘yes’ but that he was due to be released and they were going to live together," Harry Hatfield, a prosecutor said.
The prison officer reportedly went on to check Ashleigh’s Facebook page, where he found two pictures of the forbidden couple together.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) reported a hearing which stated that the offence happened between April 2016 and 4 October 2017, when “Miss Naylor aided a prisoner with whom she was in a personal relationship at HMP Kirkham, to have in his possession inside that prison, without authorisation, a mobile telephone”.
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The report stated that the alleged offence was “unacceptable as it introduces an unnecessary risk into the administration process” and “could result in the wrong individual receiving medication intended for another person”.
The NMC disciplinary panel has since ruled that Ashleigh should be “struck off” as a result of her serious conviction, as well as “a series of medicine mismanagement incidents”.
They also considered that “Miss Naylor’s conviction was outside her clinical practice and did not put patients at risk of harm”.
They added: “However, it was of the view that Miss Naylor’s conduct brought the profession into disrepute and breached one of the fundamental tenets of the profession namely to promote professionalism and trust.”
The panel noticed a series of alleged “medication administration errors” proved against the notorious nurse at HMP Holme House between February 2017 and June 2017.
In a more serious situation, it was discovered that Ashleigh had, back in May, dispensed methadone “without having had sight of a valid prescription from a GP,” despite the substance being a controlled drug.
“The methadone was not signed for by two people in accordance with policy, and it was then transported by Miss Naylor through the prison, to the in-patient unit and back,” The NMC report read.
It also stated “Miss Naylor also gave the keys to the controlled drug cupboard to an unqualified member of staff to return to the secure key cupboard prior to completing the process of administering the medication and obtaining a signature.”
The NMC panel was made aware that since leaving her prison job, Ashleigh had been working as a registered nurse at a care home “before leaving to set up her own cleaning business”.
As a result of Ashleigh’s court hearing in 2018, she was given a 12 months prison sentence and was suspended for two years.
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