A care home boss told staff not to give residents biscuits or fruit and to cut their portion sizes, a fitness to practise hearing was told.

Debra Lewis also banned frail residents with dementia from having dessert if they didn't finish their main course at the plush £600-a-week care home.

In January 2019 staff at a care home in Cardiff raised concerns about the behaviour of Ms Lewis, who had managed the home for adults with dementia for more than four years.

At the hearing seven witnesses provided statements, including six members of staff and a manager at another home who investigated the claims, who described a culture of blame and bullying at Ty Draw &Wentworth Lodge Home in Penylan.

Ms Lewis was accused of behaving inappropriately and in a bullying manner towards staff.

Ty Draw &Wentworth Lodge Home in Penylan

More than one witness described incidents where Ms Lewis spoke to staff in a rude and aggressive manner, which upset them.

The hearing was also told Ms Lewis behaved inappropriately to two of the home’s residents causing them to become distressed.

In one incident she shouted at a resident, telling her she was going to get her removed from the home, while in another she behaved aggressively towards a resident who didn’t want to use a stairlift.

The hearing was told Ms Lewis also gave instructions to limit the provision or choice of food for residents telling staff not to give them biscuits with their tea and to stop putting fruit in the dining room.

Staff were also instructed to reduce the portion sizes given to residents.

Adult care home manager Ms Lewis, who worked at the home from 2014 to 2019, has now been removed from the register of social care workers after a Social Care Wales hearing found her fitness to practise was impaired because of serious misconduct.

Explaining its decision, the panel said: “We have found that Ms Lewis behaved in an aggressive and uncompromising way to staff and residents and that she presided over an unhealthy culture within the home.”

The panel said: “We have concluded that Ms Lewis breached the fundamental tenets of social care by failing to model caring behaviour to her staff and by treating the home’s residents in a way which on occasions upset them or failed to respect their dignity.

“We have decided that a removal order is necessary, appropriate, and proportionate.

“We have found that Ms Lewis demonstrated long-standing and deep-seated attitudinal defects which resulted in harm to residents.”

Ms Lewis did not attend the one-day hearing, which was held remotely.