Eric Brooks Rutherford

: Social worker

: SW33890

Interim Order: Imposed on 24 Jan 2017

: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing:10:00 03/01/2018 End: 17:00 03/01/2018

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

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

Allegation

Whilst registered as a Social Worker and employed by Nottingham County Council:

 

1. Between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016 in relation to Service User A, you:

a. Did not manage the referral adequately in accordance with the Priority 2 classification;

 

b. Did not complete a Community Care Assessment and Support Plan by 12 October 2015;

 

c. Did not contact and/or did not record contact with SAFFA for support;

 

d. Did not seek medical information to accompany the Housing Application;

 

2. In relation to Service User B, you:

a. Did not register the case to yourself as named worker when originally allocated to you on 24 March 2015;

 

b. Did not visit Service User B at the care home in a timely manner until 7 August 2015;

 

c. Did not complete the Mental Capacity Assessment in a timely manner until 17 November 2015;

 

d. Did not complete the Best Interest Checklist in a timely manner until 3 December 2015;

 

e. Did not commence the Appointeeship/Deputyship Referral in a timely manner until 3 December 2015;

 

f. Between 20 July 2015 and 4 January 2016, you did not progress the Application to Court of Protection urgently;

 

3. Between 18 May 2015 and 15 February 2016 in relation to Service User C, you:

a. Did not manage the referral adequately in accordance with the Priority 2 classification;

 

b. Did not ensure the safety and care concerns were managed urgently after the case was allocated to you on 18 May 2015;

 

c. Did not complete the Care and Support Plan in a timely manner until 7 December 2015;

 

d. Did not complete the Care and Support Assessment in a timely manner;

 

e. Did not commence the Referral for Financial Assessment in a timely manner until 16 December 2015;

 

f. Did not complete the Home Care request in a timely manner until 29 December 2015;

 

4. Between 7 June 2016 and 10 October 2016 in relation to Service User D, you:

a. Did not arrange an assessment date urgently following case allocation;

 

b. Did not commence the Financial Assessment Request in a timely

manner until 10 August 2016;

 

c. Did not apply for Short Term Care funding;

 

5. Between 18 November 2014 and on or around April 2015 in relation to Service User E, you:

a. Did not prioritise the safeguarding risks raised in or around November 2014;

 

b. Did not record details of the Decision Support Tool meeting on or around 9 January 2015;

 

c. Did not complete the Support Plan Update in a timely manner until 24 March 2015;

 

d. Did not complete the Review of the Community Care Assessment until 25 March 2015 despite Service User E’s eligibility being assessed as critical;

 

e. Did not commence the review of the Support Plan in a timely manner until 30 March 2015;

 

6. Between 4 November 2014 and 5 June 2015 in relation to Service User F, you:

a. Did not manage the referral adequately in accordance with the Priority 2 classification;

 

b. Did not complete the assessment visit by 19 November 2014 as

required;

 

c. Did not complete the Support Plan in a timely manner until 13 February 2015;

 

d. Did not complete the Community Care Assessment in a timely manner until 13 February 2015;

 

e. Did not obtain sufficient evidence to complete the Application to Panel (Care Home Placement) prior to 15 February 2015;

 

f. Did not complete the Financial Assessment Referral to Adult Care Financial Services in a timely manner;

 

7. Between 9 July 2015 and 16 November 2015 in relation to Service User G, you:

a. Did not manage the referral adequately in accordance with the Priority 2 classification;

 

b. Did not complete the Care and Support Assessment until 5 October 2015;

 

8. Between 6 November 2015 and 4 May 2016 in relation to Service User H, you:

a. Did not manage the referral adequately in accordance with the Priority 1 classification;

 

b. Did not reassess the current care arrangements and personal

contribution by Service User H and/or adjust the Support Plan prior to in or about January 2016;

 

9. Between 3 November 2015 to 11 March 2016 in relation to Service User I, you:

a. Did not maintain adequate records of the assessment with Person G;

 

b. Did not finalise the Care and Support Assessment;

 

c. Did not progress the case towards changing the care provider in a timely manner;

 

10. Between 20 January 2016 and 26 July 2016 in relation to Service User J, you:

a. Did not manage the referral adequately in accordance with the Priority 2 classification;

 

b. Did not complete a Mental Capacity assessment adequately;

 

c. Completed the Test of Capacity on or about 13 March 2016 and you:

i. Incorrectly recorded the outcome that ‘Person has capacity for decision’;

 

ii. Confirmed no further action required based on the incorrect recording of the outcome;

 

d. Did not complete the Care and Support Assessment in a timely manner until on or about 14 March 2016;

 

e. Did not complete and/or record the Best Interest Decision;

 

f. Did not complete and/or record the commissioning for Service User J’s placement;

 

11. Between 30 June 2015 and 14 December 2015 in relation to Service User K, you:

a. Did not manage the referral adequately in accordance with the Priority 2 classification;

 

b. Did not complete the Review of Care and Support Plan in a timely manner;

 

c. Did not complete and/or record a Health Needs assessment;

 

d. Did not complete and/or record a Mental Capacity Assessment;

 

12. Between 20 July 2015 and 14 October 2015 in relation to Service User L, you:

a. Did not adequately prepare for the Decision Support Tool meeting on 3 August 2015;

 

b. Did not record the assessment of social care need following the

Decision Support Tool meeting;

 

13. Between 29 January 2016 to 12 October 2016 in relation to Service User M, you:

a. Did not manage the referral adequately in accordance with the Priority 2 classification following 29 January 2016;

 

b. Did not complete the review of Care and Support Assessment

adequately;

 

c. Did not record the review or re-cost of the care package adequately;

 

14. Between 18 March 2016 and 3 October 2016 in relation to Service User N, you:

a. Did not commission services once the Care and Support Assessment was completed;

 

15. Between 31 July 2015 to 26 October 2015 in relation to Service User O, you:

a. Did not adequately record the assessment of needs on the Framework system in a timely manner;

 

b. Did not commission the care package in a timely manner;

 

16. Your actions at paragraphs 1-15 constitute misconduct and/or lack of competence;

 

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

 

Finding

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Order

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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 that allegation.

Hearing history

History of Hearings for Eric Brooks Rutherford

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
03/01/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Hearing has not yet been held
10/10/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Suspension
14/07/2017 Investigating committee Interim Order Review Interim Suspension
24/01/2017 Investigating committee Interim Order Application Interim Suspension