The Belfast Trust is still working with an employment agency that failed to carry out a background check on a carer who was charged with attempted murder four months earlier.
rcher Resourcing, which boasted that it had become a multi-million dollar company after only two years of operation, is still providing agency staff.
Francis Christopher Osemwegie was hired by the Belfast Trust through the Ipswich-based firm in January 2021.
He worked in the nursing service until May 2021 before moving to the disabled service on June 30th.
Osemwegie remained in office until November 29, when he failed to show up for work as expected.
The Trust investigated and found he had been convicted and jailed for a brutal attack on his pregnant ex-partner and a bystander in August 2020.
A well-placed source revealed that Archer Resourcing had not conducted an Access NI audit before Osemwegie began working with the trust.
This would have signaled the impending trial for the attack, which left one of its victims in intensive care with a fractured skull and bleeding from the brain.
As a result, he should not have been given a job with the NHS.
Despite the controversy, it can now be revealed that the Belfast Trust continues to employ workers through Archer Resourcing, which has declined to comment on the matter due to the “sensitivity of the issue”.
The company is currently advertising a range of vacancies in Northern Ireland on its website, including a mental health social worker and a social worker in children’s homes.
In all ads, Archer Resourcing states that applicants “must be willing to take an advanced access NI exam.”
The Belfast Trust said: “Archer Resourcing is being used as an outside contractor to provide a small number of temporary workers.
“If a contracted agency cannot provide a temporary worker, it may be necessary to select from a non-contracted agency.
“The trustee must exhaust all internal contingencies such as extra hours, overtime and staff provided through the trustee’s internal banking system before beginning this process.
“All staffing agencies, including those who are not contracted, must complete and retain evidence of all pre-employment screening and be able to demonstrate confidence that they meet these requirements.
“This includes any concerns about an individual whose performance or conduct could put a patient or staff member at risk and includes checks such as an Access NI criminal record check.
“The Belfast Trust have sought evidence from this authority that their verification procedures are correct.
“We want to reassure our staff, patients and service users that the Trust is taking the necessary steps to ensure that all agency staff who come to us have undergone the correct pre-employment screening.”
The case has raised a number of concerns about the safety implications for patients and service users, particularly given the local health service’s reliance on agency staff.
It has highlighted a number of alarming flaws in processes and security checks when it comes to ensuring violent criminals are not working with some of society’s most vulnerable people.
A number of unanswered questions remain – including whether recommendations from an investigation into serious adverse events by the Belfast Trust have been shared with other health foundations.
The Belfast Trust considered the matter so serious that it brought it to the attention of the Department of Health.
But when the health secretary was asked to explain what steps he had taken to address the shortcomings, the health ministry declined to comment, saying it was “not a matter” for it.
https://www.independent.ie/news/belfast-trust-still-using-job-agency-that-didnt-do-check-on-murder-bid-accused-care-worker-41970905.html Belfast Trust is still using an employment agency which failed to screen the care worker accused of murder