A prison nurse from West Yorkshire who had an affair with a convicted rapist at a top security jail has been ordered to be struck off the register.
Karen Cosford had a relationship lasting several months with Brian McBride, who was serving a life sentence at Wakefield Prison, and was jailed in 2012 for three years.
She denied all charges but was found guilty of misconduct by engaging in a sexual relationship with an inmate. She was also found guilty of failing to tell prison authorities that McBride had a mobile and bringing in top-ups on behalf of the prisoner.
Cosford, of Normanton, who worked in the jail's medical centre, claimed McBride raped her then intimidated her so she would not report it.
But jurors at Leeds Crown Court rejected the claim after hearing how she became inappropriately close to McBride and struck up a sexual relationship.
Medical chiefs in Yorkshire have begun a campaign to recruit nurses from across Europe.
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust will invest £1.2 million in the drive to recruit more nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.
The Trust’s Board approved the measure earlier this year to increase nursing levels in certain areas of the Trust in response to feedback from staff and to maintain the ratio of one registered nurse per eight patients in line with the Government’s response to the Francis Report on hospital safety.
The domestic recruitment drive will focus on the local labour market and undergraduates from universities across the region. The Trust is also working to recruit nurses from Spain.
David Melia, Interim Deputy Chief Nurse at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “As part of our campaign we're looking to recruit 60 nurses from Spain over the next six months.
"This is to support our domestic recruitment plan to ensure that we have a safe and sustainable nurse-to-patient ratio on our hospital wards.
“We are excited by the opportunities for recruiting nurses from the UK and Spain and I’m sure colleagues across the Trust will give a warm and supportive welcome.
“All new recruits will go through a full and rigorous selection process that tests both the professional and clinical skills of the applicants as well as their communication skills."