Patricia Nabie was a social worker who called on Jack and Vera Duckworth in March 1993 after the death of daughter-in-law Lisa and their "adoption" of her baby son Tommy. Vera gave up her job at Bettabuy to look after the baby and she and Jack had a job to cope financially as they were now totally reliant on his wages from the Rovers. Ms Nabie suggested that they would be entitled to compensation but Vera rejected the idea, all the time terrified that their difficulties would end up in Lisa's parents, Jeff and Doreen Horton, being able to take the baby from them.

Vera gave the social worker scant attention and ushered her out of the house as quickly as she could.