Nursing professor ‘overly-friendly’
Tuesday 17th September 2013, 4:40PM BST.
An eminent professor of nursing who has admitted declaring his love for an 83-year-old patient and calling her “Tinkerbell” could be “overly-friendly” with staff at the centre where he was employed, a disciplinary hearing has heard.
Rhonda Kaye, assistant manager of Onneley House, a day centre for over-60s in Birmingham, said Sir George Castledine had a “tendency to put his arm around and hug people” at the centre.
“He could be over-friendly with staff, he had a tendency to put his arm around and hug people,” Ms Kaye said in a written statement read before a hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. (NMC)
Ms Kaye’s statement comes after Sir George, who was knighted for his services to healthcare, yesterday admitted calling the 83-year-old patient, named only as Patient A, “my little Tinkerbell” and giving her Christmas gifts and flowers.
The NMC heard he had told Patient A on more than one occasion “I love you” and said he would have to go to the gym to keep fit or he “wouldn’t be able to make love” to her.
Sir George admits a charge of “failing to maintain appropriate professional boundaries” with Patient A, who had come to him for bereavement counselling after her husband died. But he denies that his conduct was sexually or financially motivated.
The misconduct allegations before the NMC against Sir George date to early 2009 when he was chief executive of the Institute of Ageing and Health for the West Midlands, of which Onneley House was a part.
He was knighted in 2007.