A change from the norm regards a tribunal hearing about a hospital director who told women staff he wanted them pole-dancing and miming lesbian sex acts.
Adrian Needham said he only employed women with “big breasts” and made insulting remarks about maternity leave, it was claimed.
Mr Needham who worked as director and manager, made a string of racist and sexually inappropriate comments, the Nursery and Midwifery Council was told.
Henry Vallance, for the council, described Mr Needham’s behaviour at the Hamptons and Brookhaven mental health rehabilitation units in Bamber Bridge near Preston, Lancs, as “bullying, intimidating and inappropriate”.
He said: “Needham was employed by Optima Care as a hospital director, which consisted of two separate units – Brookhaven and the Hamptons.”
Mr Needham was suspended in March 2013 and later resigned. Mr Vallance added: “It is alleged that on numerous occasions throughout the course of his employment he behaved in an inappropriate manner.”
Mr Needham allegedly referred to one employee’s maternity leave as “******* off,” leaving her feeling “undervalued”. Mr Vallance said “It is alleged he would talk to female members of staff about pole-dancing and say ‘it would be nice to see you doing lesbian acts’ and saying he only employed girls with ‘big breasts’.”
Mr Vallance said Mr Needham directed his inappropriate behaviour particularly towards one employee, referred to as Colleague E – a young, female member of staff. He allegedly shouted at her and threatened to deduct her wages. When she challenged him, Mr Needham is accused of saying: “I can do it and I will do it.”
After an investigation, Mr Needham resigned and took up a new post but failed to tell his new employers that he had been referred to the NMC and resigned from this role in 2014.
Mr Needham denies charges of inappropriate, sexually inappropriate and racist behaviour. He further denies failing to inform Atos Healthcare about his referral to the NMC. The case continues.