Herefordshire nurse struck off after failing to do life-saving CPR

He had failed to carry out CPR on a resident at the home in which he was working, the panel was told
He had failed to carry out CPR on a resident at the home in which he was working, the panel was told

A HEREFORDSHIRE nurse who failed to carry out a life-saving technique on a resident at the home in which he was working has been struck off.

Peter Charles Davies was handed a striking-off order at a fitness to practice hearing in January.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council heard that Davies, who did not attend the hearing, had been working in a home in Herefordshire when he failed to carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or call 999 for a resident when features of irreversible death were not present on May 16, 2020.

He had also failed to recognise that a second resident was unwell or that they needed further medical assistance, and had failed to call the out of hours doctor to them or to call 111 or 999 on May 17, 2020, the hearing was told.

Evidence presented to an earlier panel showed Davies, who had been a registered nurse since 1989, was well-liked by patients and staff members, a report from the hearing noted.

One statement submitted to the hearing by a family member of one of his patients said Davies "was the kindest, most caring nurse," and that "he is a credit to nursing".

Further mitigation heard included the health issues he was having before the incidents, that it was a difficult working environment and that he had a difficult relationship with the home manager, and that there was no CPR training provided by the home.

But, the panel heard, there were no training certificates to show Davies had continued his professional development since the incidents, and he had taken no further training in the relevant areas such as CPR and resuscitation since the incident.

The hearing report said 66-year-old Davies had previously recognised his failings in respect of the second resident, but that the had felt his failure to start CPR on the first resident had been clinically justified.

He was handed a six-month conditions of practice order at his initial hearing in July, ahead of his final hearing in January.

But he had stopped participating in the hearing process, telling the NMC that he would not be taking part in any meetings in person or online, and that he was no longer working as a nurse but instead as a carer in August 2022.

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In a later email to the NMC in December, Davies said he did not wish to continue as a nurse.

"I don't know how many other ways there are of saying this," he wrote, telling the NMC to take his name off the register.

"Without any live response from Mr Davies, the panel considered that Mr Davies’ insight into these actions was limited," the report said.

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Without further cooperation from Davies, including the provision of requested material, the panel decided that a risk of repetition remained and that a finding of impairment was necessary on the grounds of public protection.

They also said they had concerns about his attitude, and that the matters and his subsequent lack of proper engagement were so serious that they had no choice but to impose a striking-off order.

The panel directed the registrar to strike Davies' name from the register.

The striking-off order will take effect on the expiry of his current conditions of practice order on February 25.