Therapist admits sex with patient in Stevenage

PUBLISHED: 06:57 29 August 2018

St Albans Crown Court. Picture: Danny Loo

St Albans Crown Court. Picture: Danny Loo

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A therapist from Clifton has admitted having sex with a patient living with a mental disorder while working in Stevenage.

Jason Bland, of Linkway in Clifton, pleaded guilty at St Albans Crown Court to sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder by a care worker.

The court heard the offences, including full sex, were committed between December 2016 and February last year – when 45-year-old Bland was employed by the Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

Judge Michael Kay granted bail for Bland, who is set to be sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on September 14.

The NHS trust declined to comment after the hearing, but said in a statement: “We have a robust and thorough recruitment process to ensure as far as possible that our staff are of the highest professional standard.

“We also have clear and stringent disciplinary policies and procedures in place to maintain and enforce the code of conduct we expect all our staff to follow.”

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