A nurse who discharged a mental health patient and then had sex with him has been struck off.

Nursing watchdogs were told that Angela Brougham rang the unnamed patient the day after he had been discharged by a Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust crisis resolution team.

She told investigators she felt there was ‘a bond’ between the two of them and she went on to perform a sex act on him before they had full intercourse.

Later she also accepted a marriage proposal from the man, who cannot be named, and went on to live with him for a week, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. A conduct and competence panel was also told Brougham had borrowed £100 from the patient, who she helped to care for as part of a specialist team in Chorley and South Ribble.

The three-strong panel heard that a disciplinary hearing was convened by Lancashire Care, which Brougham failed to attend, and she was dismissed.

The patient said in a statement that Brougham originally called him claiming that she had left her keys at his home.

But she later admitted this was false and insisted there was a ‘connection’ between them.

The panel heard that the nurse visited his home the following day, kissed him and said she ‘had a really strong feeling’ for him.

Later the relationship would develop into a sexual one and within a week he proposed to her at his mother’s house.

The couple began living together at her home and she borrowed money from him, amounting to around £100.

Brougham, who did not attend the NMC hearing, was found guilty of eight misconduct charges, including a central allegation that her conduct was sexually motivated.

Striking her off the nursing register, panel chairman Penny Griffiths said: “The panel is satisfied that there is evidence of a consistent pattern of inappropriate conduct, including the sexual activity with a vulnerable patient.”