Mr David Murray Engel-Jones – deregistered for 2 years by Nursing and Midwives Tribunal

27 July 2011

The Health Care Complaints Commission recently prosecuted Mr David Murray Engel-Jones, a registered nurse, before the Nurses and Midwives Tribunal of NSW.   The prosecution related to Mr Engel-Jones’ personal and sexual relationship with a female patient to whom he had provided mental health services.

The Commission argued that in addition to personal and sexual relationship, Mr Engel-Jones had falsely denied the nature of the relationship in an interview with his employers.  The Commission also argued that Mr Engel-Jones suffered from an impairment that detrimentally affects, or is likely to detrimentally affect, his mental capacity to practice nursing, and had supplied false and/or misleading information to the Commission in relation to his mental health admissions.

In a written submission to the Tribunal Mr Engel-Jones made full admissions regarding the personal and sexual relationship and his false denial of the relationship in an interview with his employers.

In its decision of 25 July 2011, the Tribunal found Mr Engel-Jones guilty of professional misconduct.  The Tribunal ordered that Mr Engel-Jones’ name be removed from the register of nurses and that he is not entitled to apply for re-registration for a period of two years.

In relation to the Commission’s complaint that Mr Engel-Jones suffered from an impairment, the Tribunal stated that “there was a risk, but the evidence before the Tribunal did not prove on the balance of probabilities that there was a likelihood of detrimental affect if Mr Engel-Jones returned to nursing”


Further Information


The full decision is available at AUSTLII.

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission on 9219 7444 or send an email to media@hccc.nsw.gov.au.

The information in this media release is correct at the time of publication. Orders may change; for example, conditions may no longer apply. For current information regarding the status of a registered health practitioner, including any conditions that currently apply, please check the National Register at www.ahpra.gov.au.