[Kit Sproson | Mirror]

The former director of a mental health centre near Preston could be struck off over claims he made lewd comments about lesbianism and pole dancing

A hospital director told female members of staff he wanted to see them pole-dancing and performing lesbian sex acts, a tribunal was told.

Adrian Needham said he only employed women with “big breasts” and referred to maternity leave as “f****** off,” the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told.

Needham made a string of racist and sexually inappropriate comments in his dual role as director and manager of The Hamptons and Brookhaven, Bamber Bridge, Preston, it is said.

He allegedly told a colleague at the mental health hospital: “I’m not looking at you, I’m looking at your t**s.”

Henry Vallance, for the NMC, described Needham’s behaviour at the hospital towards members of staff as “bullying, intimidating and inappropriate”.

The hospital is described online as a two-phased, locked and open rehabilitation service for adults with mental health problems.

Mr Vallance said: “This included being heard by members of staff saying that he ‘wanted a blow job,’ that he had a ‘penis down to my knee,’ and describing how he was playing with his balls.

“It is alleged that 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 that he only employed girls with ‘big t**s’.”

Hearing: The Nursing and Midwifery council

Mr Vallance described Needham as “undervaluing” colleagues, and failing to treat them with dignity and respect.

Needham referred to one employee’s maternity leave as “f****** off,” leaving her feeling “undervalued”.

Mr Vallance said Needham directed his inappropriate behaviour “particularly” towards one employee, referred to as Colleague E – a young, female member of staff.

Needham allegedly shouted at her and threatened to deduct money from her wages.

When she challenged him Needham is accused of saying: “I can do it and I will do it.”

“The registrant would stare at her from across the staff room and make sexually inappropriate comments to her,” Mr Vallance said.

“He is recorded as asking her to put on some cowboy boots and that he would need some baby oil or chip fat to help put them on them.

“He would say to her, ‘I’m not looking at you, I’m looking at your t**s.”

An investigation was launched into Needham’s conduct after a co-worker at Brookhavens, who was in a relationship with Colleague E, sent a letter of complaint.

During a disciplinary meeting Needham allegedly threatened Colleague E in an “intimidating” manner: “You had better get this sorted, get him to withdraw the letter.”

The letter was subsequently withdrawn, but an external investigation commenced and Needham suspended in March 2013.

Needham then resigned and took up a new post, but failed to inform his new employers that he had been referred to the NMC.

He resigned from this role in August 2014.

Needham, who is not present or represented, denies charges of inappropriate, sexually inappropriate, and racist behaviour.

He further denies failing to inform his employer at Atos Healthcare about his referral to the NMC.

If his fitness to practise is found to be impaired he could be struck off.

The hearing continues.

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