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Neil Phillips struck off over Brecon care home assault

A care home worker has been struck off after he headbutted a patient with dementia and then lied about the incident.

Neil Phillips was working at Mountains Care Home in Brecon when he assaulted a man in his 60s on 26 March last year.

A Care Council for Wales hearing was told that Mr Phillips initially claimed he and the patient had accidentally clashed heads.

But the hearing was told he accepted a police caution after admitting assault.

Mr Phillips faced five charges relating to misconduct over the incident: assault causing actual bodily harm, providing inaccurate and/or misleading information to his employer, and failing to tell a new employer he was the subject of a police investigation.

Four of the charges were found proved by the care council committee at a hearing in Cardiff on Thursday.

The committee said it had a copy of a police caution given to Mr Phillips which read "the offender headbutted the victim to the top of the forehead intentionally causing a small bruise".
'No remorse'

The victim was described as service user A during the hearing.

Mr Phillips, who did not appear before the panel, was dismissed from the care home on 4 April 2013.

In its ruling, the Care Council for Wales said he had not engaged with it during its investigation and had shown only "limited expressions of regret".

It said: "The registrant is said by the police to have apologised for wasting police time by lying in interview.

"He also acknowledged to a deputy manager at Mountains Care Home that he had let himself and the home down.

"Notwithstanding those limited expressions of regret, the committee concluded that there was no evidence of insight into the effect of his actions on service user A and no evidence of remorse for the effect on service user A."