Guernsey

Hair sniffing Guernsey psychologist struck off

A former Guernsey psychologist who sniffed a female patient's hair and kissed her has been struck off.

Monir Ahmed, 39, stroked the woman's leg and left her feeling she was being "groomed".

Mr Ahmed, who worked for Guernsey's health department, also offered to hug another female patient and told her she was attractive.

A Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) panel determined Mr Ahmed's conduct had been sexually motivated.

Mr Ahmed claimed his actions had "therapeutic, supportive purposes" and dismissed some allegations as racist.

'Young and vulnerable'

The married cognitive behaviour therapist asked a patient, referred to as service user A, out to the cinema and restaurants and told her to text him twice a day.

He touched her ankles and chest and told her how attractive she was.

Ally Wilkes, acting for the HCPC, told the panel in London: "His conduct was deliberate and intentional over a long period of time. These were female patients who were young and vulnerable.

"In my submission, some degree of targeting was exposed, which makes it impossible to ensure this type of behaviour does not happen again in the future."

At least 10 female patients asked to switch to a woman therapist instead, the panel heard.

'Sexual motives'

The charges related to the period from May to September 2012.

Panel chairman Jim Cassidy said: "Mr Ahmed's role was designed to assist the patients, but instead he used his position to satisfy his own sexual motives."

Mr Cassidy said the behaviour continued "to the point that service user A felt that she was being 'groomed'".

He said the patient reported feeling "uneasy, shaky, upset" and "embarrassed by the whole situation".

A spokesman for Health and Social Services said Mr Ahmed no longer worked for the department.

The spokesman said: "All clinical activities were ceased with immediate effect and an investigation was undertaken. The individual did not resume any further clinical activities in Guernsey thereafter."

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