Information regarding instances of identity fraud within the NHS workplace and information of any outcomes.

Published: 5 April 2018

Information requested

How many instances of identity / CV fraud (unsure of the technical term you use, but when a member of staff, for example a doctor, has lied about or provided fake credentials in order to get a job) have been investigated since 1 Jan 2014.

Please can you also let me know the outcomes of these investigations (eg xx no action taken, xx unverified, xx staffmember found to have provided fraudulent docs, xx removed from position). A general table with outcomes and numbers of cases will suffice.

For those who were fired / lost their positions, please can you provide a breakdown of their general roles (eg nurse). If possible, please can you also let me know how many of these individuals were recruited to their positions via an agency.

NHSCFA response

A copy of the information is attached as a spreadsheet.

  • The data is from 1st April 2014 onwards. The requested data cannot be extracted prior to this date.
  • Part of your request is for those subjects ‘recruited by an agency’ and ‘general roles’. This data can be filtered on the spreadsheet. It should be noted however, that this data is not a mandatory field in the NHSCFA case management system. To fully extract the data would involve a search of free text and paper records. I estimate that the cost of complying with this part of the request would exceed the appropriate limit of £450. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours in determining whether the Authority holds the information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the information. Under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act the Authority is not obliged to comply with this part of the request.

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