Former Bamber Bridge hospital boss accused of bullying, racism, lying and poking

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A former boss of two mental health units is accused of 12 counts of misconduct while he was in charge.

Adrian Needham, who was hospital director of Brookhaven and The Hamptons in Gough Lane, Bamber Bridge, will appear before a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing between April 20 and 27.

Between December 2012 and 2013 he is accused of:

- Behaving in a manner that was sexually inappropriate

- Treating a female colleague in a manner that amounted to bullying

- Making comments which were racially motivated

- Poking a colleague in the back or shoulder

- behaving unprofessionally in relation to colleagues and/or failed to treat colleagues with dignity and respect

- behaving unprofessionally in relation to service users

- Falsely telling a colleage she would be assisted in carrying out an inspection

- being dishonest in his behaviour

- failing to disclose he was the subject of an NMC fitness to practise referral to his employer and lying to colleagues.

Mr Needham was reported to the NMC by Active Pathways, which runs the rehabilitation facilities and he has since left their employment.

A spokesman for the company said: “Following the conclusion of an HR investigation, the decision was made to refer a member of staff to the NMC in relation to professional conduct. The matter is now in the hands of the NMC and we are assisting them as part of their investigation.

“Active Pathways holds high standards in the performance of all staff employed by thecompany and will continue to pursue the professional standards set by relevant governing bodies.”

If found guilty, a range of punishments can be brought against him, including being struck off as a nurse.