Illegal whitening nurse is fined
A former dental nurse from Glasgow who let her registration lapse three years ago, has been fined £500 after being caught practising illegally.
Charlene Caldwell, 27, of Stewartville Street in Partick, pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court on 16 November in a prosecution brought by the General Dental Council (GDC). She had previously been registered with the GDC but failed to pay her Annual Retention Fee in August 2013, so was removed from the register.
The regulator became aware that Caldwell was still working as a dental nurse, by offering teeth whitening online. She was sent two warning letters and then the GDC hired private investigators to pose as customers in January 2016.
Victoria Sheppard-Jones, interim head of illegal practice at the GDC, said: “It is vital that all individuals offering dental services in the UK are fully registered and qualified to do so.
“Even if they have previously been registered to do dental work – as was the case here – they cannot practise unless they are fully registered at the time the service was provided.
“By ensuring that every dental professional renews their registration every year to ensure their skills are up to date, we can protect the public and patients by ensuring continuous high standards in the dental team.”