An adult care home manager in Llandudno has been given a warning for sharing inappropriate content on Facebook.
A Social Care Wales fitness to practise hearing found she’d shared a series of posts that were racist, discriminatory and/or islamophobic.
The hearing heard that Jacqueline Grayson, who is listed on www.carehome.co.uk as manager of Treflys Nursing Home in Llandudno, shared 10 posts on Facebook between September 2015 and June 2016, which included discriminatory and offensive content, and promoted or condoned racist and islamophobic views.
Ms Grayson gave evidence at the two-day hearing on June 5 and 6 at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.
Ms Grayson admitted that she shared and liked the posts, but said she shared them to stimulate debate rather than to signal she agreed with the views expressed in them.
In light of Ms Grayson’s evidence, the committee concluded that Ms Grayson shared inappropriate material on Facebook and that she should have recognised the posts were discriminatory and anti-Islamic.
Having found the charges proved, the committee decided Ms Grayson’s fitness to practise is not currently impaired – although it was impaired because of a lack of competence between September 2015 and June 2016.
Explaining its decision, the committee said: “We were… persuaded that you have now gained genuine insight into the true nature of that material and the potential impact of your social media activity on your professional practice.
“We noted that there was no evidence of any repetition of this activity… since June 2016 and that you had completed five courses addressing your understanding of equality and diversity. We noted that you have also arranged to complete a course on social media.
“We decided that your activity was very unlikely to be repeated and that you had remedied your impairment.”
The committee continued: “We make clear that we consider behaviour of this nature to be completely unacceptable for a regulated professional.
“In the absence of insight and the significant remedial action that you have taken, we would have been bound to proceed to a finding of current impairment and the imposition of a sanction directing remedial steps.”