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The 45-year-old NHS nurse, who offered beauty treatments while on sick leave, said she could continue to work


The 45-year-old NHS nurse, who offered £ 250 beauty treatments from home while sick from her £ 34,000 a year job, said she could continue to work

  • Amanda Tuckwell was on sick leave from the Shropshire Community Health Trust
  • But she raked in cash while charging 210 pounds for botox and 250 pounds for jaw fillers
  • The 45-year-old was rumbled after three anonymous reports were sent to the NHS
  • The panel of the Nurse and Midwife Council found her guilty at a dishonesty hearing
  • Now she has been told that she can keep her job because it has been determined that she is not impaired.

Amanda Tuckwell, 45, (pictured) has been told that she can keep her job with the Shropshire Community Health Trust after hearing from the Nurse and Midwifery Council

A nurse, who ran her own beauty cosmetic clinic while receiving NHS sick pay, was allowed to continue working.

Amanda Tuckwell, 45, was on sick leave from her Shropshire hospital and offered a range of beauty treatments to private patients.

At a Cardiff hearing, she heard that she was collecting skin care cash from her Aluminate Skin Clinic – £ 210 for botox and £ 250 for jaw fillers.

Tuckwell spent three months with the illness from her NHS job worth £ 34,000 a year while working at home and treating 15 private patients.

She was rumbled by the NHS Counter Fraud Authority after three anonymous reports that she worked in the clinic.

But Tuckwell, a nurse at the Shropshire Community Health Trust since 2009, was found unaffected and was allowed to keep her job.

Debbie Hill, Chair of the Disciplinary Committee of the Nurse and Midwifery Council, said: “When you first got sick, you said that due to the nature of the illness, you did not think it would be for a long period of time.

"You told the panel that at the time you were not considering offering skin care to your home customers because most of your customers were friends and that you offered home treatments.

"You said you were unable to work in the trust because your role was very demanding and the shifts lasted 12 hours, which was much more intensive than the treatments in your clinic."

Tuckwell spent three months without work from her £ 34,000 a year job while working at home and treating 15 private patients

Tuckwell treated 15 patients while they were sick, but claims that they did not make a profit with the treatments.

Tuckwell (left and right) spent three months without work from her £ 34,000 a year job while working at home and treating 15 private patients

Tuckwell treated 15 clients while on sick leave, but claimed that she had made no profit from the treatments.

She told the NMC panel that she only treated customers who had paid their deposit – because she couldn't afford to refund them.

But Tuckwell of Oswestry, Shropshire later admitted that she could have reimbursed the deposits, which could be up to £ 100, with her sick pay.

The panel found that Tuckwell's actions at the Cardiff misconduct hearing amounted to dishonesty.

They added: “As an experienced nurse, the panel believed that you should know to review the guidelines and discuss the situation with your managers.

The panel found that you were exposed to various stresses during your illness that you said contributed to your control when you did not review your health insurance.

"We didn't accept this statement because you were able to perform skin care treatments and run your business."

It was accepted that Tuckwell was not going to deceive – but offering "persistent" treatments for three months was dishonesty.

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