The Care Quality Commission has issued an alert to providers after two examples of people impersonating inspectors.

The regulator told HSJ the most recent examples included two cases where an unknown individual had contacted two dental practices claiming they were CQC inspectors and asked staff to undertake a training course on sexual harrassment.

As part of the alert to providers, the CQC said it was aware of a number of providers being contacted by people “posing as CQC inspectors, who have tried to gain access to services or information.”

The CQC issued a warning earlier this month as part of a bulletin to primary medical services staff.

The regulator has also reiterated advice to providers to check the identities of CQC inspectors who all carry photograph ID including a copy of the CQC’s warrant on the reverse of the badge and a signature of David Behan or for older badges, the former chief executive Cynthia Bower.

The CQC said inspectors would not make unannounced visits to the homes of service users without it being arranged in advance via the service provider.

It also will not ask staff for details such as names and qualifications over the phone.

The identity of CQC inspectors can be verified by calling the CQC’s enquries team on 03000 616161.