Miss Nichola Taylor

Profession: Social worker

Registration Number: SW18175

Hearing Type: Review Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 30/11/2017 End: 12:30 30/11/2017

Location: Health and Care Professions Council, 405 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4PT

Panel: Health Committee
Outcome: Conditions of Practice

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Your fitness to practise as a Social Worker is impaired by reason of your physical and/or mental health.


Preliminary matters

Service and Proceeding in absence of the Registrant
1. The Panel was satisfied that notice of today’s hearing had been properly served on the Registrant in terms of rules 3 and 6 of the Conduct and Competence (Procedure) Rules 2003 and thereafter considered Ms Bass’s application to proceed in the Registrant’s absence. The Panel is aware that its discretion to proceed in absence is one which should be exercised with the utmost care and caution. In reaching its decision, the Panel has had regard to the HCPTS’s Practice Note on Proceeding in the Absence of the Registrant. The Panel has also taken account of the fact that this is a mandatory review and this order must be reviewed prior to its expiry on 22 December 2017. The Panel has had sight of a letter dated 15 September 2017 from the Registrant confirming that she will not be attending this hearing. There has been no request for an adjournment. The Panel is of the view that the Registrant has voluntarily absented herself and would be unlikely to attend at a future date, if the matter were adjourned. In these circumstances the Panel has agreed to proceed in her absence as it is satisfied that it is both in the public interest and the Registrant’s interest to do so.

Application for the hearing to be held in Private

2. Ms Bass applied for this review hearing to be heard in private under rule 10(1)(a) of the Conduct and Competence Procedure Rules 2003 on the grounds that the review related to the Registrant’s health. The Panel accepted the advice of the legal assessor and considered the HCPTS Practice Note on Conducting Hearings in Private. The Panel concluded that the right of the Registrant to protection of her private life and confidentiality of her health issues outweighed the general presumption of hearings being conducted in public.



Order: The Registrar is directed to extend the Conditions of Practice Order against the registration of Nichola Taylor, as varied below, for a further period of 12 months from the expiry of the existing order:
1. You must inform the HCPC if you take up employment as a Social Worker.

2. You must place yourself and remain under the supervision of a Senior Social Worker registered by the HCPC and supply details of your supervisor to the HCPC within 14 days of commencing employment as a Social Worker. You must attend upon that supervisor as required and follow his/her advice and recommendations.

3. In the event of taking up work as Social Worker, you must obtain a quarterly report from your supervisor about your ability to practise safely and effectively. These reports must be submitted to the HCPC for consideration by a future reviewing Panel.

4. (Private linked to Registrant's health).

5. (Private linked to Registrant's health).

6. (Private linked to Registrant's health).

7.  You must inform the following parties that your registration is subject to these conditions;

a) any organisation or person employing or contracting with you to undertake professional work;

b) any agency you are registered with or apply to be registered with (at the time of application);

c) any prospective employer (at the time of application).


The order imposed today will apply from 22 December 2017. This order will be reviewed again before its expiry on 22 December 2018.

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Miss Nichola Taylor

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
19/11/2018 Health Committee Review Hearing Conditions of Practice
30/11/2017 Health Committee Review Hearing Conditions of Practice
22/12/2016 Health Committee Review Hearing Conditions of Practice
22/06/2016 Health Committee Review Hearing Suspended
08/06/2015 Health Committee Final Hearing Suspended