A NURSE found guilty of misconduct after having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a former patient has been banned from the profession.
Gideon Bryant, 48, met the 19-year-old woman when she was admitted to the intensive care unit of Harvest psychiatric ward at Bodmin Hospital with borderline personality disorder.
The father of two counselled her in one-to-one sessions and began the liaison after meeting her in a bar following her discharge from the ward, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) heard.
The teenager had a “fixation’’ with male staff and was at risk of sexual exploitation and self-harm.
Bryant, who was given an interim suspension order last year while the case was investigated, had the relationship with her after she was discharged.
Bryant was later sacked from his job as a staff nurse with the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and has now been struck off the nursing register.
The NMC said striking off was the only sufficient order to maintain public confidence in the profession.
In its ruling, the NMC said Mr Bryant's behaviour could have resulted in harm to Client A in light of her "clear vulnerability" and his serious misconduct amounted to an abuse of the special position of trust he held.
Mr Bryant's behaviour was such a serious departure from the standards required, it was "fundamentally incompatible" with his remaining on the register, it said.
At the hearing in London in December, Bryant was told by NMC panel chair Christine Castledine that his actions put Client A at “unwarranted risk of harm” and reprimanded him for bringing the nursing profession “into disrepute”.