Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing!

A 49 year old nurse who killed two of his patients and poisoned a further 19 has been sentenced to a 35 year custodial sentence. Victorino Chua injected insulin into saline solutions before putting them back into storage. This left his colleagues, who were none the wiser of his deceit, to administer this poison. Chua also meddled with patient charts and increased dosages of their medication.

Two years after Chua started working at Stepping Hill Hospital, patients mysteriously started to suffer from unusual attacks. Two patients died as a result of this cruelty as the insulin overdose deprived their brains of oxygen. Another patient managed to survive however he is likely to suffer from ongoing brain damage.

There are now questions around how qualified Chua actually was before he came over to the UK in 2002. Chua received his training from Galang Medical Centre which was forced to close in 2000 and had been referred to as the worst nursing school in the Philippines.  Galang Medical Centre carried a bad reputation and apparently it was common practice for students who did not complete their training to buy their certificates.

Detectives went out to the Philippines and looked further into Chua’s original certification. This was obtained from Philippines Board of Nursing. On receiving the documents it was identified that the photo attached with them looks as though it is of someone else, implying that Chua may have not been the one to sit that final exam.

Back in 2003, when Chua registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), he was required to provide copies of several documents which included his passport, employment history and proof of his nursing accreditation. At that time he satisfied the vetting process and there was no reason to question the documents provided.

Since then the rules have changed and now foreign nurses must carry out an online test, and only if they are successful in this test are they able to make a visa application to carry out work in the UK. All original documents must be seen and are examined and copies will no longer be considered.

Safe Screening is a leading provider in international checks and is able to screen in 197 countries. We will provide you with the relevant documentation which will be in line with the countries legislative needs. All checks will be date and time stamped and a full audit trail will be available. Having a robust screening process in place will ensure that the likeliness of such atrocious incidents occurring again will be kept to a minimum. We have a specialised team in place that has both the knowledge and training to assist you with such checks e.g. Referencing, GMC, NMC and HCPC plus monthly PIN checks, making sure that all aspects of your vetting propose is carried out to the highest standard.


To find out more, visit www.safescreening.co.uk, email info@safecomputing.co.uk or call 0844 583 2134. 




Verify before employing!

One of the most looked at areas of a candidates CV is their previous work experience. This is a key element for an employer, as it is heavily relied upon when it comes to making that almighty decision of whether or not they want to employ an individual. Previous work experience can give an employer insight into the candidate’s skills and areas of expertise, allowing the employer to make an informed decision. However this is also one of the areas on a CV which is hugely falsified. A lot of individuals tend to stretch the truth when it comes to aspects such as job titles held, salary and qualifications. Although these may appear to be small white lies, this is considered to be fraud by false representation which can lead to imprisonment, anything up to 10years.

Another area which is often attempted to be covered up is gaps in employment and educational history. Candidates will amend the start and end dates of jobs to make it appear they were in that particular place of work longer than they actually were.

Carrying out background screening checks can provide you with valuable information about a potential employees work habits. It will also help identify any areas where a candidate has given misleading information and would allow you as an employer to make a fact based decision.


What do we offer?

Here at Safe Screening we provide you with a screening solution which will allow you to carry out various checks to ensure that what candidates are saying on their CV’s is in fact the truth. You can design your workflow (background check) to include the specific questions you would like a previous employee to answer. These could include questions such as term of employment, titles held, job duties, salary and even the reason for termination. A candidate would have to give their permission in order for this information to be obtained, which is also part of the vetting process. Candidates do have the right to deny permission to contact a previous employer however they can still be asked to prove employment via other means such as payslips.

As the economy is quickly gaining steam, employers are finding a much more competitive job market. By carrying out employment verifications, they can safeguard the foundation of their employee base.

To find out more, visit www.safescreening.co.uk, email info@safecomputing.co.uk or call 0844 583 2134. 



Who can we really trust?

A 34 year old recruitment consultant has been given a two year sentence, suspended for one year for falsifying eight doctors CV’s in an attempt to secure them jobs. Ross Etherson admitted to 21 counts of fraud and by the end of his swindle had cost the NHS over £37,000. The doctors involved had no idea that their CV’s and references were being altered and were given locum jobs with United Lincolnshire and Western Sussex NHS Trusts. Etherson was fortunate that no incidents of patient harm had been reported as a result of his deceit.

When interviewed, Etherson confirmed this was the very culture from the outset of his employment. His behaviour was seen as normal practice and they would divert problems to a fictitious manager. The doctors’ would send in their true CV’s which would then be embellished so that they appeared more desirable. These doctors were being paid £15 an hour whereas the agency was invoicing the NHS up to £120 per hour. The company is still currently trading but under a different name.

The scam was exposed when a clinical services manager notified the NHS Counter-Fraud Service about his concerns in relation to some of the locum doctors CV’s and references. Some managers carried out the correct checks before appointing the doctors; others employed medics with false documentation.

The fact that these doctors managed to get through the system and work in the hospitals despite lacking the knowledge and experience in itself is a worrying matter. This is why it is crucial that the right background checks are carried out so that such incidents cannot occur. Having a clean systematic approach would mean it leaves minimal opportunity for someone to tamper with documentation and would ensure that the checks are being carried out by official organisations. 

Here at Safe Screening we offer a simple and straightforward method to ensure that the correct background checks are being carried out so you know the person you have employed has the right qualifications. Our system has a full audit trail, date and time stamped, meaning all movements can be traced back to the person who carried them out.

To find out more, visit www.safescreening.co.uk, email info@safecomputing.co.uk or call 0844 583 2134.


Better to be Safe than to be sorry!


Do you know what the fines are for employing someone who does not have the right to work? If you didn’t already know, those previously hefty fines have doubled. You could end up paying up to £20,000 per illegal worker you employ! It gets worse, if it is found that you knowingly employed an illegal worker you could face a prison sentence – anything up to two years.

A total of seven workers were arrested in an immigration raid in Wednesbury. Officers carried out the raid and questioned staff whether or not they had the right to live and work in the UK. Two of the workers were found working in breach of their visa conditions and the other five had overstayed their visas. The company could be liable for a civil penalty of anything upto £20,000 per illegal worker if the correct right to work checks were not carried out. This could mean a potential fine of £140,000.

Home office immigration officers raided a Leicester based factory on Uppingham Road. They found 29 suspected illegal workers. If they are found to have broken the law they can face up to £20,000 for each illegally employed worker which could lead to a total of £580,000. A total of 16 men and 13 women were found, all Indian nationals. Out of which 20 had overstayed their visa, five were working in breach of their visa conditions and two had obtained entry in the UK illegally.

Consequences of illegal employment are not purely financial. UK visas and immigration are policed by the UK boarder agency, who actively publicise the names of the companies who have been fined, damaging their reputation. Since November 2008, the fines issued amount to over £50million and the single largest fine issued to one company has been £300,000. Why take the risk and become a statistic amongst those who have been fined when this can very easily be avoided by using Safe Screening. We will carry out the necessary checks to ensure that those who you are employing have the right to work in the UK.

To find out more, visit www.safescreening.co.uk, email info@safecomputing.co.uk, or call 0844 583 2134.

Know who you are employing!


How often do we hear that someone has been dismissed or has faced fines and potentially a prison sentence due to not being truthful about their background and experience? Existing in the busy surroundings that we do, it is often likely that when screening a candidate aspects will be missed out. If employers are getting smart, then those who manipulate the system are getting smarter! Ensuring that the right checks are carried out is important and should be made mandatory. By not carrying out the relevant checks not only are the wrong people being placed in certain jobs but also the lives of vulnerable individuals are being put at risk. These checks need to be completed to the highest standards and where employers are taking personal responsibility to do this; they need to ensure that no short cuts are being taken.

A care home nurse was sacked after she left an elderly lady with dementia untreated after spilling boiling water on her. The elderly woman had been lying in pain for hours. The scald was a foot wide and the care home nurse failed to call an ambulance depriving the woman of the care she needed.  Ms Hayibor was given a police caution for assault against the vulnerable resident but did not reveal her conviction to the trust she was primarily working for.

A maths teacher has been banned from the classroom for attempting to conceal her criminal past. Samantha Burmis enlisted her daughter to provide fingerprints for her; however this soon came to light as her daughters prints were already on file. Burmis was trying to hide a mortgage fraud which had resulted in a prison sentence back in 1995. Since then Burmis obtained a degree in law and became a qualified teacher. She had several different teaching jobs and in each one she failed to mention her criminal past. Burmis was expecting a pay out of £1.2million for unfair dismissal but was awarded £21,788 due to not declaring previous convictions.

There are several different checks that can be carried out to ensure that we avoid employing the wrong people. These checks go beyond the criminal background checks allowing employers to get an insight on their potential employees.  

Safe Screening is a leading provider in carrying out these checks. Below is a list of the checks we can carry out. Depending on the nature of the role there are variations of checks which can be completed on an individual to ensure that you know who you are employing. By using Safe Screening you can ensure that those who are not suitable, eligible or qualified for the role will not be able to pass the screening process. As an employer not only is this a cost effective facility which can save both time and resources, it also provides you with the peace of mind that those who are working with you are exactly who they claim to be! Safe Screening can provide you with a reliable platform to carry out the necessary checks in a timely and efficient manner.

To find out more, visit www.safescreening.co.uk, email info@safecomputing.co.uk, or call 0844 583 2134. 

Mistreatment in care homes prompts CQC calls for CCTV

Mistreatment in care homes prompts CQC calls for CCTV 


In the wake of a documentary which shocked millions of viewers with undercover filming of mistreatment in care homes, many began debating the safety of vulnerable adults. In response to this, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reportedly discussed the idea of CCTV in residents’ rooms in the latter part of 2013. A very large chain of nursing homes is now rumoured to be on the verge of making this a reality, to help ease fears of relatives of those in care. There are still grey areas and debateable points over the logistics of this, with CQC recommending that intimate care procedures should not be filmed. Although any suggestions to assist better standards of care are welcomed, the CQC debate the issues surrounding privacy versus safety. These considerations provoke a number of ethical and practical objections, with specific concerns about intimate care. 


This is just one of the latest waves of recommendations the CQC has been making to care industry providers, who need to stay ahead of the curve if they are to retain current and gain future private business. That being said, eighty percent of relatives surveyed were in favour of the proposed CCTV scheme. This startlingly high figure infers that the clients’ relatives have significant mistrust of the staff, the integrity of the care organisation and furthermore, are not satisfied with the care their loved ones are receiving. 


One way health and social care recruiters can ensure they are taking all steps possible to ensure a satisfactory workforce and compliance, is to conduct background checks on candidates before they are hired. A fully automated software solution such as Safe Screening can help with this. This cloud-based software can be accessed from anywhere, from any device able to connect to the internet. In this, healthcare providers can facilitate standardised pre-employment screening processes and users within the organisation are unified, all at banking level security. Furthermore, each entry, request and correspondence is time and date stamped; a fully demonstrable audit trail in line with CQC regulations. 


To find out more about Safe Screening, visit www.safescreening.co.uk, call 0844 583 2134, or email info@safecomputing.co.uk, or register for a free short webinar http://www.safescreening.co.uk/general/webinars2014/.


How can compliance be made easier?

How can compliance be made easier?

In a recent blog, whilst complimenting the financial conduct authority (FCA) on a quality publication, the CEO of the ICM said how two recently issued compliance documents were 40 pages and 646 pages respectively. Philip King went on to add that he did not envy the job of a compliance manager on that basis.

So what about the companies that do not have a compliance manager? Where the financial controller or credit controller has to try and divulge this information whenever it should be drafted or arrive on email from the FCA? Philip’s blog, which can be read in full here: http://www.icm.org.uk/ceoblog/rule-thumb-blog-philip-king/ points out and pokes fun at the fact that one of these FCA documents has four pages set aside for abbreviations alone. Whilst the CEO of the ICM says how the writing style is good, plain English, easy to follow to read, the blog highlights that this was issued at the very end of February by the FCA. Guidelines within effective from the 1 April in the same year. Nearly 700 pages of information for a company to read, digest, implement strategies around to change policy and procedure to ensure compliance, in just one short month. No wonder Philipp says he doesn’t envy a compliance manager!

Using the right software can help. Safe Financials and Safe Credit Control software for instance is powered by Safe, kept abreast with the latest regulatory and best practice changes. Those using Safe software are updated with software updates, user manuals, and offered training courses. Having Safe software in your business could really help take the pressure out of financial regulatory compliance. To find out more visit www.safe-financials.co.uk or www.safe-creditcontrol.co.uk. You can also call 0844 583 2134 or email info@safecomputing.co.uk.

Green shoots of recovery for UK businesses and the economy


Green shoots of recovery for UK businesses and the economy

In a blog response to budget announcements, ICM CEO Philip King talks of the good news coming out of the UK government for business, and the green shoots of recovery for the UK economy. Philip states how he sees the controversial pension reforms as a positive change, and predicted statistics for the 2014 UK economy as very encouraging.

Quoting the creation of 1.5 million jobs in the next five years and grants for 100,000 more apprenticeships, Philip sounds quite positive about the direction of the economy. You can read his blog in full here: http://www.icm.org.uk/ceoblog/calm-seas-fair-wind-blog-philip-king/. It certainly seems to echo the thoughts of many that the UK economy is certainly recovering after a tricky few years. News reports such as this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27047966 only the other day talked of the first signs that wages might finally be increasing disproportionally better than the costs of goods and services for the first time in many years. There seems, however, to be a difference of opinion over whether this is four or six years of history. Either way, essentially, soon the working man or woman, should start to find that impact of the positive echoes of the economy in how far their day to day pay packet stretches. A pay packet that the office of national statistics believes is currently increasing annually by two percent in the private sector. In the same report, the office  states how the figures for unemployment have fallen by 77,000 in the last three months. It certainly would seem to be the beginnings of a much needed boom period for UK businesses.

While growth is key, so is keeping on top of your finances while growing, especially if you’re nurturing the cash flow of an SME. Cash flow can be king, and over stretching funds outwards whilst not getting enough back in, can quickly see a business fall below the agreed overdraft line and into closure. Software tools such as Safe Financials and Safe Credit Control can help business keep the books in order, reduce debtor days, and keep payments processing through the business. To find out more about these products, visit www.safe-financials.co.uk and www.safe-creditcontrol.co.uk, email info@safecomputing.co.uk or call 0844 583 2134. 




Credit history, a help or hindrance to budding entrepreneurs?

Credit history, a help or hindrance to budding entrepreneurs?

In his most recent blog, ICM CEO Philip King pulls into question some of the government MP statements on credit history and entrepreneurship in the SME sector, making some valid points.

Philip’s blog can be read in full here: http://www.icm.org.uk/ceoblog/confused-thinking-blog-philip-king-2/. Crux of his argument seems to pull into question seemingly conflicting views voiced by George Osbourne and other MPs at a recent conference in Manchester. On one hand, a proven history of trying and failing in business, could indicate lessons learned and a safer bet for any funding for the future. Equally, some try and repeatedly fail, never attaining a successful enterprise, leaving creditors reeling in their wake.  Essentially the question brought about is should banks transfer history between them or is this counterproductive to business growth? 

It’s been argued that a Californian idea is that no transfer of information occurs. If a business has a bad credit history with one bank, they simply apply to another bank and are assessed afresh. That perhaps by comparison our credit history system in the UK is thus stalling our own country’s growth and entrepreneurship. Indeed as Philip states in his blog, numerous celebrity entrepreneurs did not succeed first time, many of which now have well documented life stories of how they learned from those past failures to become the success they now are. However the argument that we transfer information if good and bury if bad seems impractical logistically. Who decides how good or bad, and where to draw the line? The main question seems to be how reliable the history is for predicting the future. For which a conclusion might be that no one can truly foresee the future, so why not give business a chance? The reality is the risk of lost capital to investors, and the potential domino effect one unsuccessful enterprise may have on others invested in it, supplying to it, awaiting return from it.

Safe Credit Control is a software product that aims to minimise that risk by reducing debtor days with proactive customer relationship management with creditors. As a software solution, Safe Credit Control engages those who owe early for repayment, rather than awaiting the traditional 60 days before beginning the chasing process. Reducing debtor days can improve cash flow which can be make or break for SMEs. To find out more visit www.safe-creditcontrol.co.uk, email info@safecomputing.co.uk or call 0844 583 2134. 

How can you be sure you’re happy with an outsourcing service provider?

How can you be sure you’re happy with an outsourcing service provider?

The most common resistance to even thinking about outsourcing anything, is the fear of a loss of control. So what can you do to ensure that you choose a provider who will work for you in the way you want, so you never feel like what they do for you, is outside of your control?

One recommended strategy is to be clear at the outset of exactly what it is you’re after. Some clients can come prepared with a written document detailing their needs wants and desires. Be prepared to put some work in initially to be sure to get the work you want out of your chosen supplier.

Another strategy is to arrange a meeting. Be sure you work smarter, not harder. Many prospective clients will often put off or avoid meeting outsourcing providers, for fear they don’t have the time to meet and discuss fully their needs. This is most likely due to the fact they are busy doing or managing the very job or task they could be outsourcing, to free up their time on more core business activities. Make the time for a meeting. It might prove a little more work in the short term, but could be well worth it for saving you time in the long run.

Be certain to exercise due diligence when choosing an outsourcing supplier, especially if you’re choosing a supplier to provide you with payroll services. Security should be paramount for anything to do with financial information or employees personal data. A supplier such as Safe Outsourcing is, for example, backed by Safe, a software company which broke away from the Chubb group in the mid-seventies, so has a long history to the core of high security.

Be prepared to spend some time choosing the right supplier for you and your business. Taking the time to choose the correct supplier initially, will give you the peace of mind you desire when using the service further down the line.

To find out more about Safe Outsourcing visit www.safeoutsourcing.co.uk, call 0844 583 2134, or email info@safeoutsourcing.co.uk.

As seen on ‘The Staffing Stream’, see: http://www.thestaffingstream.com/2014/04/23/how-to-choose-an-outsourcing-service-provider-youll-be-happy-with/ .

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