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Gloucestershire nurse struck off for having sex with vulnerable patient

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 10, 2012

DISCIPLINARY: Park House, Stroud.

A NURSE who took a vulnerable mentally ill woman home for sex has been struck off.

Senior triage nurse at Park House in Stroud, Trevor Clive Rice, slept with patient F and tried to have sex with a second patient, C, who he invited to swinging parties, a Nursing and Midwifery Council disciplinary committee heard.

In interview, patient F said she met him at his house for sex once a week, the competence and conduct committee heard. She also told investigators he made derogatory remarks about other patients.

She said "he laughed" about them and "mentioned a girl he said was gorgeous".

She said she feared she would be kicked out of therapy if she didn't comply with his demands and felt "ashamed" at her actions, which were out of character. He sent her 722 texts in six months.

Patient C said in interview he "grabbed my right wrist and he kissed me" after a therapy session. "It was a proper kiss on the lips and he was extremely firm with what he wanted," she said. "I would stand up to go and he would move in and we would end up kissing. He would always expect it at the end of a session."

He texted her, stating: "Don't you know how pretty you are?".

In interview, he denied sexual contact with patients and former patients, and has offered no apology.

Thirteen charges which constituted failing to maintain professional boundaries were proved against him. Three other charges were not proven.

He was sacked by his employer after it carried out an investigation prompted by complaints. The NMC struck him off on November 23. He cannot apply for registration for five years.

A 2gether NHS Trust spokeswoman said: "In line with our stringent procedures, as soon as we became aware of the concerns in this case we took appropriate steps to safeguard and support our service users. We conducted a thorough investigation, which resulted in us referring this case to the NMC at the earliest opportunity. All the necessary checks were carried out on the individual concerned both prior to and during employment, as is standard practice within the trust."

The Citizen could not reach Mr Rice, who is believed to have left Gloucestershire, for comment.

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