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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Ex-raiders player can keep working as a nurse despite 'bullying'

AN ex-Barrow Raiders player can continue working as a nurse despite subjecting a female colleague to four years of systematic bullying and sexual harassment.

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Gary Spencely

Gary Spencely was told by a panel sitting at the Nursing and Midwifery Council in London yesterday (9) he was guilty of misconduct and his fitness to practice was impaired by his actions while working at Furness General Hospital.

The 47-year-old, from Barrow, who has been employed as a mobile theatre nurse across the UK and Ireland for Scottish based Vanguard Healthcare, can continue working but will have a two-year caution order on his file which will alert prospective employers to what he has done.

On day five of the hearing NMC panel chairman Mr Gerard Kennedy told Spencely: “Although you have taken responsibility for your actions you have not showed sufficient insight into your behaviour and we feel there could be repetition of your behaviour. Your actions over a sustained period of time undermined her. You targeted her and bullied ‘Colleague A’ and made her ill.

“You were in a position of leadership and should have been a role model for junior colleagues.

“You demonstrated a total lack of professionalism with the sexual comments you made to ‘Colleague A’.”

After two hours of deliberation the panel returned with its decision.

Mr Kennedy told Spencely: “We had regard to the nature of the misconduct and the fact this case did not involve a lack of clinical competence. Nevertheless, The panel considers your actions and behaviour were unacceptable and wishes to emphasise this behaviour must not happen again. The panel considers a caution order would be the appropriate and proportionate sanction in this case to remind you and alert any employers to this misconduct.”

The hearing heard how the dad-of-one told his female colleague she looked dirty as if she would be into bondage and that he didn’t like her but would sleep with her if she was “going short”.

Once one occasion he spotted she was wearing nail varnish and grabbed her wrist causing her to scream in pain.

When she made an official complaint about his bullying and sexual harassment he told her to “bring it on”. When her brother-in-law died tragically and she asked for time off Spencely told her he hoped her life was a misery and that he enjoyed bullying her. The nurse said Spencely put her through four years of hell.

She said his behaviour, between 2007 and 2011, caused her relationship to break down and resulted in her going into counselling.

The ex-shipyard welder trained as a nurse at FGH after a round of redundancies in the 1990s and had worked as a senior theatre nurse on the elective surgery and trauma team and as a night co-ordinator.

Spencely, who played for rugby for Barrow RLFC and Barrow Island, before retiring from the sport in 1999, refused to comment after the hearing.

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