Ms Debra Julie Howe

Profession: Social worker

Registration Number: SW78775

Hearing Type: Review Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 20/06/2019 End: 13:00 20/06/2019

Location: Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service

Panel: Conduct and Competence Committee
Outcome: Hearing has not yet been held

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Allegation

Whilst registered as a Social Worker and employed with Somerset County Council, you:

 

1. In respect of Service User A:

 

a) Allowed Service User A’s transfer to a new residential care home on or about 29 April 2016 and did not:

i. complete and/or record an adequate funding application prior to Service User A’s transfer;

ii. submit a funding application prior to the Service User’s transfer;

iii. complete and/or record a negotiated fee for Service User A prior to her transfer;

iv. complete and/or record the financial agreement and purchase order in a timely manner in that they were completed after Service User A’s transfer on or about 29 April 2016.

 

b) Did not complete and/or record an adequate assessment of Service User A in that:

i. you used a pre-existing ‘Understanding You D: How you live (UY:D)’ as a basis for your assessment;

ii. the assessment documentation completed in or around May 2016 was not compliant with the Care Act;

 

iii. you did not complete and/or record your reasoning for making recommendation about Service User A’s residential care;

iv. you did not make an independent assessment of Service User A’s care needs;

v. you did not consider alternative care options for Service User A;

vi. you did not take sufficient account of Service User A’s capacity or wishes about her placement.

 

c) Submitted a funding application for Service User A on or about 13 May 2016 which was inadequate and/or incomplete;

 

d) did not obtain Service User A’s consent and/or personal views regarding her potential transfer to an alternative nursing home until you were instructed to do so on or about 11 July 2016;

 

e) Did not act upon information received on 13 May 2016 that Service User A’s panel application had not been accepted, in that you did not complete and/or record a comprehensive action plan regarding Service User A’s care arrangements before going on annual leave on or about 13 May 2016;

 

f) Did not communicate effectively with Service User A and/or her family in that you:

i. On or about 23 May 2016, asked a Financial Assessment and Benefit Officer (FAB) to communicate information to Service User A’s husband regarding finalising Service User A’s funding arrangements; HCPC OFFERED NO EVIDENCE

ii. not proved;

iii. Did not inform Service User A and/or her family of the next steps following the rejection of her funding application.

 

2. In respect of Service User B, you:

 

a) Did not complete and/or record an adequate and accurate UY: assessment documentation in relation to Service User B on or about 21 July 2016, in that you:

i. did not record your professional judgment about Service User B’s likelihood of suicide;

ii. did not record an analysis of Service User B’s vulnerability, risk of harm or likelihood of harm;

iii. did not record the assault on Service User B, his dogs and his property;

iv. not proved;

v. did not record information regarding an assault on Service User B, his dogs and property; HCPC OFFERED NO EVIDENCE

vi. did not record information in the section of the assessment form relating to eligibility, professional conclusions and support planning.

 

b) not proved;

 

c) Did not conduct an adequate assessment about the concerns about Service User B’s safety in his home and whether he felt at risk;

 

d) Did not take into account and/or seek professional advice regarding the impact of Service User B’s diagnosis in relation to his own assessment regarding risk;

 

3. In relation to Service User C, you:

 

a) not proved;

 

b) Did not complete and/or record an adequate UY: D dated 12 May 2016 in that it did not contain sufficient information relating to:

 

i. the care provided to Service User C at home;

ii. why Service User C’s home care failed;

iii. what rehab support was given to Service User C.

 

c) not proved.

 

4. In relation to Service User D, you:

 

a) not proved;

 

b) did not complete and/or record an adequate UY: N1 assessment in that your assessment contained insubstantial evidence and minimal analysis;

 

c) did not complete a best interest assessment for Service User D.

 

5. In relation to Service User E, you did not complete and/or record an adequate and/or comprehensive UY: D assessment in that:

 

a) you indicated that you had requested advice from the Sensory Loss and Community Health teams but did not include any information received in your final assessment;

 

b) the UY:D assessment contained gaps in the information relating to Service User E’s need for specialist sensory loss input or guidance.

 

6. In relation to Service User F, you did not complete and/ or record a UY: D assessment, although you were instructed to do so.

 

7. Your actions described in paragraphs 1 – 6 constitute misconduct and/or lack of competence.

 

8. By reason of your misconduct and/or lack of competence your fitness to practice is impaired.

 

Finding

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Order

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Notes

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Hearing History

History of Hearings for Ms Debra Julie Howe

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
20/06/2019 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Hearing has not yet been held
18/06/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Suspended