Ex-NHS trust exec used bogus degree to land £115,000 job

A former NHS trust chief executive has admitted securing a £115,000-a-year job by falsely claiming to be a graduate.

Neil Taylor produced a bogus degree certificate to land the position as head of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust in 2003.

He pleaded guilty to obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception at Shrewsbury Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

John Snell, prosecuting, told the court how Taylor lied about having a first class degree from the University of Nottingham in a successful bid to head the newly merged trust.
Taylor also stated that he was a graduate of the Institute of Personnel Development at Nottingham, despite the fact that no such institute exists.

Defence solicitor Adrian Roberts said his client had lied because he was embarrassed about his lack of formal qualifications, “but he was perfectly capable of doing the job he was paid for”.

Taylor was granted unconditional bail to re-appear for sentence at Shrewsbury Crown Court on a date to be fixed.


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