A support worker who went for a cigarette and left an Aberdeen care home resident on the toilet has been struck off.
Melissa Black was working for care firm Cornerstone at its facility for people with learning difficulties in Inchbrae Terrace, Garthdee, in 2016 when several allegations about her conduct were made.
She was accused of leaving the resident alone on the toilet for approximately 40 minutes on June 17 2016 and of going outside for a cigarette break before returning to assist the resident.
Separately, Ms Black was alleged to have left two residents alone on the toilet for around two hours each in or around April or May 2016.
The case was investigated by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), which held a disciplinary hearing on May 16 and 17.
It has now published a report, which states the panel found these allegations proved.
Several further allegations were not proved.
Addressing Ms Black, who had no previous record of wrongdoing with the SSSC, the report said: “(Your colleague) recalled being concerned at the length of time a resident had been on the toilet and asked you several times to move her.
“She recalled you left for a cigarette break of at least 10 minutes before assisting the resident off the toilet. She considered that, by then, the resident had been there for about 40 minutes.
“She stated she offered several times to assist, but you had said you would see to it.”
The report added: “There was no evidence you had shown appropriate insight and very limited evidence of regret.
“The panel was not satisfied you have taken any steps to remediate your behaviour.
“There was nothing before the panel which allowed them to consider why you acted as you did.
“Given your lack of engagement, the panel could not be satisfied that you understood the gravity of your conduct and that repetition was unlikely.”
A spokeswoman for Cornerstone said: “Following an internal investigation in August 2016, Ms Black is no longer employed by Cornerstone.”
Ms Black was unavailable for comment.