Social worker suspended on grounds of misconduct

Social worker suspended

Tracy Hands (SW07094) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of nine months on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker by Staffordshire County Council.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Miss Hands was responsible for a number of failings, including not undertaking and / or recording any contact with police in relation to Service User A, and not undertaking and / or recording visits or an enquiry report.

The Panel further heard that in relation to Service User C, Miss Hands failed to adequately communicate with other professionals, the service user and / or the adoptive parent, causing a delay to Service User C’s discharge from hospital.

Panel Chair Professor Ian Hughes commented:

“The Panel concluded that Miss Hands fell seriously short of the standards expected of a registered social worker. This impacted adversely upon the support given to vulnerable service users and hindered the promotion of their welfare.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Tracy Hands to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of nine months.

Miss Hands was present and represented herself at the first day of the hearing, and was present via telephone for parts from day two onwards.


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.

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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
Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Practitioner psychologists
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.