Julian B Roberts (BS23641) has been struck off the HCPC Register on grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a biomedical scientist for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mr Roberts behaved inappropriately towards Colleagues A, B and C. Allegations included that on or around 28 May 2015 he smacked Colleague A’s bottom; on or around 26 May 2015 telling Colleague B to where something sexy or words to that effect; and on various dates between 13 October 2014 and June 2015 he held Colleague C’s hand.
The Panel were provided with written evidence from Mr Roberts and heard evidence from witnesses including Colleagues A, B and C. They were also provided with a documentary exhibits bundle which included initial accounts of complaints, summaries of the investigative interviews and the investigation report carried out by his employer.
Panel Chair Ian Comfort commented:
“The Panel considered that the facts found proved demonstrate a pattern of behaviour on the part of Mr Roberts towards three young women at work, all of whom were inexperienced and reliant upon him for clinical expertise. The Panel was of the view that he had abused his position as a senior member of staff, and engaged in sexually motivated behaviour towards members of staff who were unlikely to make a complaint against him.”
The Panel was of the view that only a Striking Off Order was appropriate in this case.
Mr Roberts did not attend the hearing and was not represented at the resumed hearing on 3 November 2017.
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