An unregistered nurse is reported to have worked as a deputy manager at a Scottish care home, which was the focus of an investigation in 2012.
Havencourt Care Home in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, allegedly employed 37-year-old Sarah Goodbrand for around three months even though she was not on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.
Four Seasons Healthcare, which runs the home, confirmed that an unregistered nurse had been employed but did not reveal any other details. Police are currently making inquiries.
The NMC said Sarah Ann Goodbrand, from Aberdeen, was only registered with the organisation for around a year, from December 17, 2009 to December 31, 2010.
Havencourt made headlines two years ago following the death of an 84-year-old former policeman who had spent five days at the home before being transferred to a hospital, where he died 24 hours later.
A report by the Care Inspectorate said Bill Cunningham was in agony as staff had not given him any painkillers or washed him. It upheld nine complaints made by Mr Cunningham’s daughter Judi Martin about the quality of care he received.
A spokeswoman for Four Seasons Healthcare said the NMC, the local safeguarding team and police “were immediately notified”, after it was found that the nurse was not registered.
She said there had been “no adverse impact on residents”, and the company had an “active whistle-blowing policy” to encourage staff to report any concerns they may have.