A care worker who hit a resident and reported himself to his bosses has been struck off.
Ernest Byers, of Monifieth, can no longer work in care after striking Angela McCluskey at Linlathen Neurological Care Centre in March 2017, for which he was later convicted of assault.
Byers, 56, asked an independent panel convened by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) not to remove him, claiming he saw the job as a “vocation” he “loved”.
But the panel said Byers failed to show enough regret and did not appreciate the seriousness of his conviction.
At the hearing, held at Dundee’s Compass House, the panel heard Byers had been cleaning Ms McCluskey with paper towels soaked in cold water when she kicked out. Byers “spontaneously” struck her on the leg and immediately reported it to the staff nurse.
He was suspended and police charged him with assault the next day.
Byers claimed the incident hadn’t affected his relationship with Ms McCluskey and told the panel she was asking for him days later.
Byers also admitted shouting and swearing in the presence of colleagues and residents in June 2016.
He yelled that he was “******* demonstrating, nobody else is ******* showing them what to ******* do” while showing staff how to make fortified milk.
He blamed the outburst on exasperation because colleagues weren’t pulling their weight but admitted he had not sought anger management counselling.
Despite submissions from colleagues that he was “caring and a good team player”, the panel struck Byers from the register, saying: “You lacked proper insight and understanding into your behaviours.
“You were given several opportunities throughout the hearing to evidence this but you repeatedly failed to do so.”
Linlathen Neurological Care Centre was operated by Four Seasons Health Care, part of The Huntercombe Group, at the time of the incidents. It has since been transferred to another firm.
A spokesman for the firm said: “The support worker left our employment in 2017.
“We have robust safeguarding and HR processes in place under which we deal with any concerns about the care of patients or the conduct of care team members.”
Byers was unavailable for comment.