Psychologist accused of sexual relationship with patient

Markus Themessl-Huber could be struck off by the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service.

NHS: Mr Themessel-Huber faces string of charges (file pic).

A former psychologist at a Scottish health board has been accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a patient.

Markus Themessl-Huber, who worked at NHS Tayside, is said to have discharged the patient early to continue their relationship.

He faces a string of charges relating to a patient he was treating, referred to as Patient L, at the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service.

A hearing will take place in London next week and Mr Themessel-Huber could be struck off if the charges are proven.

Mr Themessel-Huber was previously a research fellow at Dundee University and is understood to live in the city.

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The charges state he allowed the patient to visit his private clinic around December 16, 2015, to "engage in sexual activities".

He is accused of discharging Patient L prematurely on Christmas Eve in 2015 "in order to continue the sexual relationship".

Mr Themessel-Huber is further said to have "crossed professional boundaries" by continuing the alleged relationship between December 2015 and March 2016.

The charges say they exchanged text messages and emails of a sexual nature and that he gave the patient presents including a book with a personal inscription, biscuits and chocolate.

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The Health and Care Professions Council, which regulates practitioner psychologists in the UK, say his actions constituted misconduct and his fitness to practice is impaired.

NHS Tayside said Mr Themessl-Huber no longer worked for them.

A spokeswoman for the health board said: "This person is no longer employed by NHS Tayside."

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