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. 



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.

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. 

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