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10 May 2022

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust response to conviction of Paul Grayson


Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s response to the conviction of a theatre nurse called Paul Grayson who has been sentenced to 16 years in prison today (10 May 2022) for a number of offences, some of which involved 4 patients and female staff at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital Day Case Theatre Unit.

Professor Chris Morley, Chief Nurse, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:

“What Paul Grayson did was truly despicable and the fact that he deliberately abused the trust he was given as a nurse and work colleague is unforgivable. We have worked tirelessly with the Police on the investigation and whilst today’s sentence will not make what happened any less distressing for those women he abused, I hope it goes someway to deliver justice on their behalf. Whilst this was an incredibly rare occurrence, we never want it to happen to anyone else and as a result we are examining all of the information now available to determine if there are any further measures, we can take to limit the opportunity for someone to do this in the future.”

Previous details issued on 8th December 2021

Professor Chris Morley, Chief Nurse, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

“We and our patients expect a high standard of professionalism from all our staff. We have taken the allegations against this nurse who worked in the Day Case Theatre Unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital extremely seriously. We have fully co-operated with the police to do all we can to support the investigation which has resulted in the charges now being brought. The nurse has not worked in any of our hospitals since the arrest in December 2020 and we immediately reported the concerns raised to the relevant professional body which is the Nursing and Midwifery Council. We can confirm that the required employment checks in place at the time of appointment were carried out appropriately. We are so very sorry that only 3 of the four patients involved are identifiable due to the nature of the images and understand this will be distressing for anyone who had surgery in the Day Case Theatre Unit between 2017 and 2020 which is the period the charges relate to. Throughout the investigation we have also provided support to the staff who have been affected by the allegations and investigation. Until the outcome of the court case is confirmed it would be inappropriate to comment further on the nurse or the allegations.
 



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