Nurse performed 'reckless' restraint at East Lancashire's Calderstones Hospital (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Nurse performed 'reckless' restraint at East Lancashire's Calderstones Hospital
A NURSE who performed an ‘extremely reckless’ restraint on a patient who threw pencils at him has been cautioned.
Baz Parky, a senior learning disabilities nurse at Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, admitted using an ‘unapproved hold’ on the mental health patient, while telling a colleague to hold down his legs.
Bosses sacked Mr Parky after reviewing CCTV footage of the night shift in January last year, though he was reinstated at a lower grade after an appeal.
A misconduct panel, at the Nursing and Midwifery Council in London, heard the patient was in the medium-secure ward two at the Whalley site, when he started asking to go to hospital.
He then threw ‘pencils or a pencil case’ at Mr Parky, before a support worker put his arm out to the patient. Mr Parky then reacted by ‘jumping up and grabbing hold’ of the patient while he was seated, the panel heard.
He also made contact with the patient’s neck with his elbow, before instructing another support worker to hold down his legs, the panel heard.
The restraint lasted a few minutes and was later reported to bosses by Mr Parky.
They became concerned that pressure on the patient’s neck could have cut off the blood supply to the head.
The panel imposed a one-year caution, saying this would send out a message that ‘such misconduct is unacceptable and must not be repeated’.
But it added: “It would appear that this incident was a one-off and was out of character.
“You had not previously been involved in a restraint with him prior to this incident.
“You have 11 years’ service with no prior disciplinary issues or concerns around physical intervention.”
Mr Parky has since quit Calderstones and was last working at a care home in the West Midlands.
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