Social worker Amanda McCallum (SW11834) has been struck off the HCPC Register following a second review of a suspension order originally imposed 26 May 2015.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Miss McCallum was originally suspended for a period of twelve months on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed with Derby City Council.
The Panel further heard that Miss McCallum’s original failings included informing her line manager that Service User A had stated that she would kill herself, her children and burn her house down. Miss McCallum also failed to correct or retract the statement until after an Emergency Protection Order had been granted despite having a number of opportunities to do so.
Panel Chair Stephen Fash commented:
“The Panel concluded that there is no evidence that Miss McCallum has any insight into her misconduct. The misconduct in this case was serious and had led to children being removed from their home. Whilst the Panel recognises that it is difficult to demonstrate remediation in cases of dishonest conduct, there is no evidence at all that the Registrant has taken any steps to remedy her failings.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Amanda McCallum to be struck off the HCPC Register.
Ms McCallum was neither present nor represented at the hearing.
Notes to Editors:
1. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.
2. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here: https://www.hcpts-uk.org/hearings/listing/201705301230-review_hearing-sw11834
3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints
4. Anyone can contact us and raise a concern about a professional on our Register. This includes members of the public, employers, the police and other professionals. For more information visit www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints
5. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Hearing aid dispensers
Operating department practitioners
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists
6. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.
7. Registrants can appeal the panel’s decision. Appeals are made directly to the High Court in England or Wales, the Court of Session in Scotland or the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland. Appeals must be made within 28 days of when the Notice of Decision and Order is served. The Panel’s order does not take effect until the appeal period has expired or the appeal has concluded.