Katrin Schaub

: Social worker

: SW16502

: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing:10:00 02/02/2017 End: 00:00 02/02/2017

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

: Conduct and Competence Committee
: Voluntary Removal agreed

Allegation

 

In the course of your employment as a Social Worker for Wiltshire Council:

 

1. On or around 4 June 2013 you did not action safeguarding alerts within the required timescales in relation to service users 1 and/or 2.

 

2. On or around 4 June 2013 in relation to service user 3 you:

a) did not action a safeguarding alert within the required timescales; and

b) did not carry out a mental capacity assessment.

 

3. In relation to service user 4 you:

a. did not assess service user 4's needs;

b. did not carry out the appropriate assessment and/or care plan and/or risk assessment;

c. did not deliver an assessment of need to the provider; and

d. did not share the risks in relation to physical, verbal and/or financial abuse posed by service user 4's mother with the relevant professionals.

 

4. In relation to service user 5:

a) you did not complete the comprehensive assessment until 1 February 2013, although the case was allocated to you on 18 July 2012; and

b) you did not clearly identify need and/or risk to others within the comprehensive assessment.

 

5. In relation to service user 6:

a) you did not complete the comprehensive assessment until 1 February 2013, although the case was allocated to you on 18 July 2012; and

b) you copied and pasted the comprehensive assessment from previous assessments.

 

6. In relation to service user 7:

a) you did not complete the assessment until 1 February 2013, although you were asked to complete the assessment by 20 December 2012;

b) you copied and pasted the assessment from previous

assessments.

 

7. In relation to service user 8 you:

a) recorded that service user 8 was placed in Pembrokeshire on 15 February 2013 but service user 8 did not move to Pembrokeshire

until July 2013;

b) did not make any case recordings after 15 February 2013; and

c) did not close the case until 16 May 2013.

 

8. In relation to service user 1 you:

a) carried out a mental capacity assessment on 31 July 2012 but did not record the assessment until 17 January 2013; and

b) identified that service user 1 lacked capacity in respect of managing her finances but did not start the best interest process.

 

9. In relation to service user 9, you were alerted to the fact that the service user needed an Occupational Therapy referral on 01 February 2013, but did not make the referral until 10 April 2013.

 

10. In relation to service user 10, you:

a) On or around 14 May 2013, did not record the calls from the family which took place;

b) did not record the observations from May 2013 on Carefirst until 16 June 2013; and

c) did not record the assessment for a multi agency meeting you attended on 14 May 2013.

 

11. On or around 27 June 2013, a review of your cases was undertaken and you did not keep written records at the required standard in that:

a) in relation to service user 11; on 13 June 2013 you had a meeting with service user 11 but did not record the observation and/or initiate a Comprehensive Assessment in Carefirst;

b) in relation to service user 12, on 28 May 2013 you carried out an assessment but did not record the observations and/or initiate an assessment on Carefirst;

c) in relation to service user 13, on 30 January 2013 you carried out a review but did not record the review on Carefirst;

d) in relation to service user 14, you completed a visit on 10 and 11 June 2013, but recorded no observations regarding the visit on Carefirst;

e) in relation to service user 15, on 17 April 2013 you carried out a review but did not record the review on Carefirst;

f) in relation to service user 16, on 13 May 2013 you carried out an assessment, but did not initiate the Comprehensive Assessment Document on Carefirst until 25 June 2013; and

g) in relation to service user 17, on 26 April 2013 you opened a risk assessment on Carefirst, but did not complete it.

 

12. In relation to service user 18 you:

a) did not send a copy of your assessment undertaken in November 2012 to the family within the required timescales.

b) On 11 June 2013 undertook an unannounced visit at 6.30 pm to carry out an assessment.

 

13. On or around 8 August 2013 in relation to service user 19 you:

a) arranged two meetings at service user 19's home and did not turn up;

b) did not record the visit in your Outlook Calendar.

 

14. The matters described in Paragraphs 1 to 13 constitute misconduct and/or lack of competence.

 

15. By reason of that misconduct and/or lack of competence, your fitness to practise is impaired.

Finding

Preliminary Matters

 

Service and Proceeding in Absence

 

1.             Ms Prout confirmed that the Registrant had received the Notice of hearing and wanted the hearing to proceed in her absence.

 

2.             The Panel were satisfied that in the circumstances the hearing should proceed in the absence of the Registrant.

 

Background

 

3.             The Registrant is a Social Worker registered with the HCPC. The allegation she faces is that her fitness to practise is impaired by reason of her misconduct and/or lack of competence as set out above. The Registrant was employed by Wiltshire Council as a Social Worker from 2007 and she was deployed to the Community Team for People with a Learning Disability from 2 July 2012. A number of complaints were received about the Registrant’s performance and abilities, which lead to an investigation. As a result, the Registrant was referred to the HCPC for the matters set out in the Allegation above.

 

4.             The HCPC has applied to withdraw the allegation on the basis that the Registrant wishes to be removed from the Register voluntarily. The Registrant has admitted the allegation in full and has undertaken not to practise as a Social Worker or use any title associated with that profession. The HCPC and the Registrant have concluded a Voluntary Agreement to take effect from 2 February 2017, subject to the Panel approving the HCPC’s application to withdraw the allegation and discontinue these proceedings.

 

Decision

 

5.             The Panel considered the submissions of Ms Corbett on behalf of the HCPC, and the submissions of Ms Prout on behalf of Miss Schaub. Ms Corbett outlined the circumstances which led to the referral to the HCPC. She submitted that, following representations from the Registrant, and a full review of the case, a Voluntary Removal Agreement was the appropriate method of finalising this case. The Registrant fully admitted the factual particulars and that her fitness to practise is impaired. The HCPC was satisfied that the Registrant fully understood the effect of the Voluntary Removal Agreement and that granting the application would not compromise the protection of the public or have any detrimental effect on the wider public interest.

 

6.             The Panel had sight of correspondence from the Registrant from which it is clear that she admits the allegation in full. She has advised that she no longer wishes to practise as a Social Worker and has no intention of applying for restoration to the HCPC register as a Social Worker in the future.

 

7.             The Panel has applied its own judgement to the application to withdraw the allegation and to discontinue these proceedings. The Panel has also had regard to the HCPC’s Practice Note on “Disposal of Cases by Consent” and has accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor.

 

8.             The Panel noted that the HCPC is satisfied that it would be meeting its statutory objective of protecting the public and of the public interest, if the Registrant was permitted to be removed from the Register on similar terms to those which would apply if she were subject to a striking off order under article 29(5) of the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The Panel noted from the documents that the Investigating Committee had concluded that there is a case to answer and the Panel is satisfied that the Registrant has made a full admission of the allegation.

 

9.             The Panel had before it a Voluntary Removal Agreement which had been agreed between the HCPC and the Registrant and signed and executed by both parties. The Registrant admitted the allegations which had been made against her and agreed that she will resign from the HCPC Register on the terms and conditions fully set out in that Agreement. A Declaration that there was no other matter of which the Registrant was aware which might give rise to any other allegation was also signed by the Registrant.

 

10.           The Panel firstly considered whether there were any factors that would make it undesirable to allow the allegation to be concluded on the consensual basis set out in the Voluntary Removal Agreement. The Panel has concluded that, given the nature of the allegation, there are no overriding public interest factors that would require this matter to go to a full hearing.

 

11.           The Panel is aware that if the Registrant seeks to return to the HCPC Register at any time in the future, her application would be treated as if she had been struck off as a result of the allegation.

 

12.           In all the circumstances, the Panel is satisfied that both the public and the public interest would be adequately protected by the terms of the agreement reached between the Registrant and the HCPC in as much as the Registrant will henceforth be prevented from practising as a Social Worker and, should she wish to apply to return to the Register, she will be treated as though she had been struck off.

 

13.           Furthermore, the Panel is satisfied that this method of concluding this case is appropriate and proportionate, and which is jointly in the interest of the public, the HCPC and the Registrant. Accordingly the Panel approves the Voluntary Removal Agreement and the withdrawal of the allegation and discontinuance of those proceedings.

 

Order

The Registrar is directed to remove the name of Miss Katrin Schaub from the Register with immediate effect.

Notes

If the Registrant seeks to return to the HCPC Register at any time the application would be treated as if the Registrant had been struck off as a result of the allegations.

Hearing history

History of Hearings for Katrin Schaub

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
02/02/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Voluntary Removal agreed