Carer who attacked 95-year-old dementia patient struck off

Davina Bissett was convicted of the assault which left her victim covered in bruises.

Perthshire carer who brutally attacked 95-year-old dementia patient struck off iStock

A carer who was found guilty of assaulting a bed-bound 95-year-old dementia patient has been struck off.

Davina Bissett, 53, was convicted of the assault, which left her victim covered in bruises, at Perth Sheriff Court in September last year.

She was employed by the now-defunct Moncrieff Nursing and Residential Home in Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, when the incident occurred.

On March 24, 2022, Bissett assaulted the elderly patient and seized her by the wrists, pulling her arms across her body.

She attempted to roll the patient over, repeatedly pinning her to the bed and throwing a duvet over her.

The court heard at the time that Bissett was found out by a colleague, who went to help her change the pensioner’s clothing at the time.

Bissett was heard saying “will you stop it, stop hitting me, do as you’re told” to the 95-year-old woman.

A colleague asked her to leave the room to calm down, but she refused, saying: “No, I’ve started so I’ll finish. She needs to learn to behave.”

She then warned her victim: “Stop being a brat.”

A hearing by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has now decided to strike Bissett from the register.

It stated that Bissett’s behaviour amounted to “physical abuse of a vulnerable person”, and had additionally caused her emotional harm.

The SSSC added: “There are ongoing public protection concerns as the behaviour is of a serious nature.

“There is no evidence of any insight or regret from you and there is no evidence of remediation.

“Conduct of this nature raises serious and fundamental questions about your values and there is a risk that your behaviour may be repeated in the future.”

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