A few days ago, my wife was sent this deliberately misleading “appointment”:
It comes with a location and a date, and tells you to go ahead and call them to confirm a time. But there is no appointment: this is merely spam. I wonder how many people fall for this, then find themselves on the hook for a £129 bill for a half-hour appointment that they assumed was free on the NHS?
Who are Bluecrest? It’s not easy to tell. The letter was four pages long (the scan above is only the first page) but only at the bottom of the last of those four pages do they give a website. The letter came with three additional glossy leaflets, and none of those give a web address. It’s like they don’t want you to find out more about them.
This is their site, but I don’t recommend you visit it because among other things it has an auto-playing video on the front page. It doesn’t, from a brief look, seem to say anything about their medical competence or certification. The materials they sent through the post claim two certifications — but as they are from standards bodies (UKNEQAS and BSI) rather than medical bodies, all that tells is that they have procedures and they follow them. (Also: it seems suspicious to me that the first page of Google results for UKNEQAS consists only of their own sites. they seem to be a standards body that no-one has ever heard of.)
But one reputable body has passed opinion on Bluecrest: the Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint about their misleading marketing a year ago. Yet here they are, doing essentially the same thing.
And of course there is also this aspect:
So this post is a warning: putting it all together, this is a big AVOID for Bluecrest. If you get one of their letters, bin it before someone falls for their scam.