Jarrow care home nurse guilty of misconduct after failing to perform CPR on man

Roseway House Care Home, Wear Street, Jarrow.
Roseway House Care Home, Wear Street, Jarrow.

A registered nurse in a Jarrow care home has been found guilty of misconduct after he failed to give CPR to an elderly man who died.

A committee at the Nursing and Midwifery Council found Philip Banks failed to act when he found the resident unresponsive at Roseway House, in Wear Street, on June 18, 2015.

Whilst it is not alleged that Mr Banks caused or contributed to Resident A’s death, by virtue of his failure to commence CPR on Resident A, Mr Banks deprived him of any chance he had to survive

Misconduct report

Banks, who did not attend the hearing, was working a night shift when he and a healthcare assistant came across the man – referred to as Resident A – at 7am.

He was ‘not breathing but still warm’. However, instead of attempting CPR, or calling emergency services, Banks waited 50 minutes before contacting the NHS non-emergency number 111. He resigned from his post.

The hearing was told that there was no Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNARCPR) order in place.

Banks was found guilty of six counts of misconduct and handed an 18-month conditions of practice order.

The report added: “Whilst it is not alleged that Mr Banks caused or contributed to Resident A’s death, by virtue of his failure to commence CPR on Resident A, Mr Banks deprived him of any chance he had to survive.” He was also found guilty of breaching a sudden death policy, by failing to treat the room as a crime scene by telling a colleague to wash and dress the man.

It was ruled that Banks’s fitness to practise was impaired.

Banks has undergone further training and has worked as a registered nurse for Melton House in Gosforth for more than a year, without concerns raised.

Under the order, he will remain under the supervision of his line manager, and will work to address concerns, with emphasis on the identification and management of cardiac arrest.

Ralph Wilson, commercial director of Roseway operator Careport, said: “Careport have only run this home since July 2016, the incident took place in 2015.

“This is not something we would have tolerated.

“Roseway has a CQC rating of good, across the board, and the care of our residents and their families is paramount for us in everything we do across the group.”