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Person not registered with the NMC employed in nursing post


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.


Readers' comments (5)

  • The Nursing Times should be very careful. There is no such thing as an unregistered nurse. There are Registered Nurses. Everyone else does not belong to the nursing profession.

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  • can anyone tell me what the legal situation is regarding nurses not registered with the NMC ?
    Do acting managers of care homes have to be NMC registered?

    The NMC informed that it is not unlawful to practise or call yourself a nurse if u are not registered with them as long as u say that u are not registered with them.

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  • To be the manager of either a residential or nursing care home you must be a manager that is registered with the regulatory body the CQC. There is no requirement for the home manager to be a nurse although this may be seen as desirable. Given the scope of duties that a registered manager has to undertake I can think of many other qualifications that might be thought of as appropriate.

    The CQC seem far more concerned that a Registered Manager as a Diploma level 5 in Leadership for Health and Social Care

    The new legislation that comes into play in April 2014 states that the Registered Manager must be a fit and proper person and that this would include that person having the appropriate skills and qualifications but it does not state what those qualifications must be and the CQC has not so far elaborated from a regulatory point of view.

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  • If the the home is registered as a nursing home, its legal that the Manager is registered with NMC as a nurse, mainly RGN to be able to lead and guide staff and patients the Manager has to have walked the walk.
    At times Managers are expected to step in and cover for emergencies. How the unregistered will manager to fulfil her 24 hour responsibility for patients and everyone's safety. We still have a long way to go as nurse leaders, owners and educators. There is a high demand of employers and Managers education to avoid these endless scandals.

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  • Anonymous | 28-Nov-2014 5:31 pm

    rubbish. there are many qualified and non-practicing members of the profession or those in admin. or academic jobs who are not on the register.

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