GPs are being urged to double-check their nurses’ registration paperwork in light of the recent arrest of a woman who was held for allegedly pretending she was qualified.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council said it may write to doctors, reminding them of their requirement to check these things. It added that as many as four-fifths of GPs do not know that they are responsible for carrying out the checks on staff.
GPs who employ unregistered nurses can be prosecuted.
In September a 46-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly posing as a nurse for four years in Medway, Kent.
A spokeswoman for the council said: “We recently engaged with GPs at the Royal College of GPs primary care annual conference and identified that eight out of 10 GPs we spoke with were unaware that they should be checking the registration of the nurses they employ.
“Employers have a responsibility to ensure staff hold the necessary qualifications and registration.”