Ms Sally Caroline Parker

: Social worker

: SW84865

: Review Hearing

Date and Time of hearing:10:00 27/10/2017 End: 12:00 27/10/2017

: Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS), 405 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4PT

: Conduct and Competence Committee
: Voluntary Removal agreed

Allegation

During the course of your employment with Hampshire County Council as a Mental Health Social Worker, between October 2009 and May 2012 you:

 

1 .Did not consistently keep accurate or timely:

a) care plans;

b) crisis plans;

c) reports; and/or

d) risk assessments.

 

2. Did not maintain regular contact with service users.

 

3. Did not discharge service users in a timely manner.

 

4. The matters described in paragraphs 1-3 constitute a lack of competence.

 

5. By reason of your lack of competence your fitness to practise is impaired.

Finding

Preliminary matters:

1. The Panel was satisfied that good service of the notice of this hearing had been effected by service of an updated notice of hearing dated 18 October 2017, which confirmed a change in the venue for the hearing, and which was sent to the Registrant’s registered address.

2. The Panel considered whether or not to proceed in the absence of the Registrant. It heard submissions from the HCPC and accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor. The Panel noted that an email from the Registrant dated 23 October 2017, confirmed that she would not be attending this hearing. A letter from the Registrant dated 26 October 2017 explained her reasons for seeking removal from the Register and confirmed that she was happy for the hearing to proceed in her absence. In these circumstances, the Panel has concluded that the Registrant has waived her right to be present and/or represented at this hearing. The Panel considers that it is in the public interest and in the Registrant’s interest for her application for voluntary removal from the register to proceed in her absence.

Background:

3. The Registrant was employed by Hampshire County Council (“the Council”) as a Social Worker. She was employed as a permanent member of staff from 18 October 1999 until her dismissal for reasons related to her alleged poor performance on 18 July 2012. The Registrant qualified as an Approved Mental Health Professional and worked in a Community Mental Health Team.

4. During the course of the Registrant’s employment by the Council concerns were raised about her practice. Specifically, the Registrant’s practice was criticised in relation to the keeping of timely and accurate records, the maintenance of contact with service users and the timely discharge of service users.

5. The Registrant was referred to the HCPC by her employer and on 20 June 2013 a Conduct and Competence Committee of the HCPC considered an allegation that the Registrant’s fitness to practise was impaired by reason of lack of competence and imposed a Conditions of Practise Order for a period of eighteen months. Conduct and Competence Committees of the HCPC conducted substantive reviews of the Conditions of Practise Order on 19 November 2014, when the original order was varied and continued for a further eighteen months; and on 31 May 2016 when the order was varied again for a further period of twelve months.

6. A further review hearing was held on 16 May 2017. The Registrant did not attend that hearing nor was she represented. However, in an email to the HCPC dated 8 May 2017, which was placed before the Panel, the Registrant indicated that she had decided to request that the HCPC consider disposing of her case by consent. The Panel concluded that there was still impairment of the Registrant’s fitness to practise and varied the Conditions of Practise Order for a further period of twelve months.

Decision

7. On behalf of the HCPC, Ms Rapu told the Panel that the Registrant had admitted the allegation against her and signed a voluntary removal agreement. She noted that the Registrant had not practised as a Social Worker for more than five years. Ms Rapu submitted that the voluntary removal of the Registrant from the register would provide the necessary degree of public protection and would not be detrimental to the wider public interest.

8. Before reaching its decision the Panel considered all of the information before it and accepted the advice of the Legal assessor.

9. The Panel is satisfied that the findings of the final hearing in June 2013, which are in the public domain, have served to protect the public, the profession and public confidence in the regulatory process. Having regard to all the circumstances of this case, the Panel is satisfied that the public would be adequately protected if the Registrant was permitted to enter into a voluntary removal agreement and to resign from the register.   The Panel therefore determined that revoking the current Conditions of Practice Order and accepting the Registrant’s removal from the Register is consistent with the wider public interest. 

 

Order

Order: The Registrar is directed to revoke the existing Conditions of Practise Order and to remove the name of Ms Sally Caroline Parker from the Register with immediate effect.

Notes

No notes available

Hearing history

History of Hearings for Ms Sally Caroline Parker

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
27/10/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Voluntary Removal agreed
16/05/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Hearing has not yet been held
31/05/2016 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Conditions of Practice
19/11/2014 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Conditions of Practice
20/06/2013 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Conditions of Practice