Nurse banned for life after being jailed for sexual assault of 9 women
30th November 2022

‘Predatory’ A&E nurse, 33, who was jailed for two-and-a-half years for sexually assaulting nine female colleagues at hospital is banned from profession for life

  • Adam Soothill, 33, was first suspended from Royal Preston Hospital and arrested
  • He was later convicted of 24 counts of sexual assault and jailed for 30 months 
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council banned him from nursing for the rest of his life
  • He groped a string of colleagues including touching and groping their breasts

A ‘predatory’ A&E nurse who was jailed for two-and-a-half years for sexually assaulting nine female colleagues at hospital has been banned from nursing for the rest of his life.

Adam Soothill, 33, sexually assaulted multiple women including touching, flicking and groping their breasts and placing his hands between their legs while working at Royal Preston Hospital’s A&E department between 2017 and 2019.

Soothill was subsequently suspended in March 2019, and later arrested by police. He was jailed on October 27 last year after being convicted of 24 counts of sexual assault at Preston Crown Court.

The convicted predator was sentenced to 30 months in jail, forced to pay a £170 surcharge and ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register indefinitely.

Adam Soothill, 33, who was jailed for two-and-a-half years for sexually assaulting nine female colleagues at hospital has now been banned from nursing for life

During his trial, one victim described how Soothill had laughed after sexually assaulting her. Another recalled telling her partner through tears as she thought back to the attack. 

Now, any thought of returning to a career in medicine in the future has been prevented too. 

The Nursing and Midwifery Council struck him off the nurses register stating: ‘Adam Soothill’s criminal offending has so seriously undermined public trust and confidence in the profession.

‘The criminal offending and subsequent sentence is fundamentally incompatible with being a registered professional nurse.

‘Only a striking off order is sufficient to protect patients, maintain public confidence in the profession and maintain professional standards.

‘The panel was of the view that the findings in this particular case demonstrate that Mr Soothill’s actions were serious and to allow him to continue practising would undermine public confidence in the profession and in the NMC as a regulatory body.

‘The panel considered that this order was necessary to protect the public but also to mark the importance of maintaining public confidence in the profession, and to send to the public and the profession a clear message about the standard of behaviour required of a registered nurse.’

The report states Soothill, from Fulwood, Lancashire, became a registered nurse on June 8, 2011 and worked in the Emergency Department at Royal Preston Hospital.

Adam Soothill, 33, sexually assaulted a string of women including touching, flicking and groping their breasts and placing his hands between their legs while working at Royal Preston Hospital’s A&E department between 2017 and 2019. Pictured: Royal Preston Hospital

On March 5, 2019 allegations were first made by several staff members to the Emergency Department Matron about inappropriate sexual behaviour or touching by Soothill. Pictured: Royal Preston Hospital Emergency Department

On March 5, 2019 allegations were made to the Emergency Department Matron about inappropriate sexual behaviour or touching by Soothill. The report states that there are no concerns that he was inappropriate with any patients.

Soothill was suspended on March 8, 2019, pending a Lancashire Police investigation and initially denied any wrongdoing but was charged in July 2021 and subsequently dismissed by the hospitals trust.

After his conviction last year Claire Marsh, Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS North West said: ‘Soothill sexually assaulted nine women over a three-year period.

‘He has today, been punished for these offences. We are grateful to the brave victims who came forward to report the abuse, their actions, in taking a stand against this man’s behaviour will no doubt have prevented other women suffering from similar abuse.

‘Sexual Assault causes immense distress to victims and their families.’

Meanwhile Darren Caunce, investigating officer at Lancashire Police, said: ‘Soothill’s actions were predatory and sexually motivated. He committed numerous sex assaults to satisfy his own depraved desires.

‘I must praise the victims for their strength in supporting our prosecution.. They have showed great courage and bravery in coming forward and reporting the crimes to police.

Soothill was jailed on October 27 last year after being convicted of 24 counts of sexual assault at Preston Crown Court (pictured)

‘We are committed to preventing and detecting offences of serious sexual assault.

‘We want victims to feel confident that they will be treated with compassion and that we will do everything possible to trace those responsible and take action against them.

‘I hope this case will give other victims of sexual offending the confidence to come forward, knowing that we will listen to them and act on the information they provide.’

At the time of his sentence, a spokesperson for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust said: ‘There is no place for harassment, bullying or discrimination of any kind at our trust and we will not hesitate to escalate matters to the police in the rare instances where this is appropriate.

‘The protracted timescales involved in this case have been particularly difficult for all those affected by it and we will continue to offer support on an individual basis for those who need it.’

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