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Publication date:- 2017-29-07

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Health worker claimed relatives had died to claim sick pay

A health care worker lied about the deaths of 3 family members to falsely claim almost a year's paid absence from work between 2012 and 2015.  Over a period of 3 years Joseph Wilson 1st told his NHS employer a brother had died, followed later by his cousin and then his sister. Wilson, aged 41, of Fazakerley, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to 3 offences of fraud by false representation at South Sefton Magistrates Court. on 5 July 2017.  The health care assistant was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months, 240 hours of unpaid community work and ordered to pay more than ₤5,000 compensation to Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. The court heard that Wilson, a man of previous good character, was dismissed from his job at the Trust in December 2015 on grounds of gross misconduct after discovery of the most recent deceit involving his sister. However, inquiries by the Trust's anti fraud specialists also identified the previous absences relating to other supposed family bereavements. Following further investigation and an interview under caution, Wilson finally admitted that he had lied about all 3 deaths.

After the court hearing, investigating anti-fraud specialist Paul Bell said:- "The relatively robust sentencing, despite Wilson's previous good behaviour, reflects the fact that he had committed serial offences over a number of years. He also hadn't come clean about the deceptions when he had an opportunity to do so during his interview with investigators. Abuse of sickness absence is one of the main types of fraud in the NHS and this sentence demonstrates that this kind of abuse of public funds will not be tolerated."

Steve Shanahan, Director of Finance for the Trust, said:- "The Trust takes deceptions like Wilson's very seriously. Every allegation of fraud brought to our attention is thoroughly investigated. We won't hesitate to press for a prosecution to be brought where we believe the Trust, and in turn the taxpayer, has suffered a financial loss."

NHS worker named 'Apprentice of the Year'

AN NHS worker has been named 'Apprentice of the Year' by a local college. Jodie Breen, from Ellesmere Port, won 'Apprentice of the Year' in the 'Business' category of the Celebrating Achievement Student Success Awards 2017, hosted by Wirral Metropolitan College. Jodie won the prestigious award after completing her Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship whilst on placement at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP).  Jodie said:- "Winning this award is a real achievement. I have worked hard for 2 years and it has finally all paid off.  Thank you to CWP and Wirral Met for giving me this opportunity and for believing in me and supporting me every step of the way.  My apprenticeship experience at CWP has been amazing. I've been given so many opportunities and it's been a great opportunity to meet new people and gain useful qualifications that can help me progress further in my career." The 23 year old was nominated for the 'Apprentice of the Year' award by Wirral Met Tutor Linda Whiffen, who said:- "Jodie is a keen and motivated learner who fully engaged in her studies to secure a fantastic career opportunity. She has grown in confidence over the last two years and excelled in the challenges of her new role. We're thrilled that Jodie has secured a permanent role at CWP. It is thoroughly deserved after she showed such dedication and 1st class performance throughout her apprenticeship." Jodie completed an intermediate apprenticeship with CWP in 2015 before qualifying from her 2nd, advanced level apprenticeship in April this year. She now enjoys her permanent role as Contracts Project Officer at the mental health Trust. Jodie's new role is to handle contract data, exception reports and Service Level Agreements between CWP and its partners. She also supports contract managers across the Trust. CWP Head of Effective Services Tracey Collins added:- "It's been an absolute pleasure to watch Jodie grow in confidence and competence during her apprenticeship.  The whole team is delighted that she is now a permanent member of staff and we are all very proud of her achievements."  For information on available opportunities at CWP, search:- 'Working for us' at:- CWP.NHS.UK.

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