Social worker suspended on grounds of conviction and misconduct

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Social worker suspended

Lucy May McGarrity (SW78229) has been suspended from the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct and conviction whilst registered as a social worker with the HCPC.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Ms McGarrity was convicted at Luton Crown Court of two counts of theft.

The Panel further heard that whilst employed by Bedford Borough Council Ms McGarrity asked an adoptive family for a personal loan. Furthermore whilst registering / applying with Healthcare Locums Limited Ms McGarrity did not disclose her employment with Bedford Borough Council, and failed to disclose that she had been dismissed.

Panel Chair Brian Wroe commented:

“Ms McGarrity showed a lack of understanding of the consequences of her behaviour. Although she has shown some insight by her admissions, she has failed to demonstrate her understanding of the effect or potential effect on vulnerable service users and the effect upon the reputation of the profession.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Lucy May McGarrity to be suspended for a further twelve months.

Ms McGarrity 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:

3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here:

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

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.