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Fictitious CV costs NHS manager her career

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A senior NHS HR manager who lied on her CV has been handed a six-month suspended sentence and forced to pay £9,600 in compensation by Exeter Crown Court.

Kerrie Devine told employers at Devon primary care trust (PCT) that she had a degree in Human Resource Management and was part way through a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development course when she applied for a promotion in 2007.

Ms Devine had already been working as a HR manger for the East Devon PCT since 2003 when her misdemeanours were exposed. Following an investigation by the NHS Counter Fraud service (CFS), she pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud by false reputation and was handed 150 hours unpaid community service on top of her fine.

Ms Devine’s career lies were exposed after staff were asked to submit expressions of interest for new posts at the recently merged Devon PCT. She was instantly suspended after her inaccuracies were found.

“This positive outcome to our investigation is a reminder that fraud against the NHS can be committed by people in well paid, senior positions. The NHS Counter Fraud Service will impartially investigate all suspicions of fraud and wherever appropriate will pursue prosecutions,” warned Debbie Lloyd, South West Operation Fraud Manager for the CFS.

Ms Devine’s case is not the first of its kind in recent years. In January 2009, former Director of Planning and Service Modernisation at NHS Stoke on Trent, Lee Joseph Whitehead, was sentenced to 12 week’s imprisonment for adding false psychology qualifications to his CV.

“Some people think it is OK to bend the truth or fabricate qualifications on a CV. It is not. It is particularly unacceptable when those qualifications are of a clinical nature. This could cause real risks to the care of patients,” CFS Head of Operations, Allan Carter, said at the time.

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Written by Andrew Hodges

January 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Posted in Compliance, LinkedIn

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