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Nursing professor suspended over allegations of inappropriate relationship

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A leading nursing academic has been suspended from the register for 18 months over allegations he was having a sexual relationship with a vulnerable service user and inappropriately accepted £6,000 from them.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council panel issued Sir George Castledine with an interim suspension order on 20 April while it investigates his case.

Sir George, who is a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, was knighted in 2007 for his services to healthcare – only the second male nurse to receive the honour.

The allegations relate to his role as chief executive of the Institute of Ageing and Health West Midlands, a charity based in Birmingham which works to improve practice in older people’s health services.

An NMC statement about the case read: “The allegations relate to the breach of professional boundaries with a very vulnerable service user which allegedly took place over a sustained period of time. The allegations also include the inappropriate acceptance of £6,000 and embarking on a sexual relationship with the service user.

“The panel have serious concerns that there is a risk of repetition given the nature of the allegations which took place over a period of many months. It is alleged that even when these allegations were raised it appears that the registrant continued to make contact with and sought to influence the service users evidence.”

The panel said that given Sir George’s nursing experience it would have expected him to have had more insight into his alleged behaviour and the impact on the service user. Sir George has denied the allegations.

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