Social worker suspended on grounds of conviction

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Social worker suspended

Jennifer Kathryn Lewis (SW57852) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of twelve months on the grounds of conviction whilst registered as a social worker with the HCPC.

 A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mrs Lewis was convicted over a number of dates at Warwickshire Magistrates’ Court of offences including assaulting two PCs in the execution of their duties, and assaulting Person B by beating him.

The Panel further heard Mrs Lewis was convicted of using threatening or abusive words or behavior of disorderly behavior within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress. She was also convicted of driving whilst disqualified from holding a license.

Panel Chair David Clarke commented:

“The Panel took into consideration that Mrs Lewis’s convictions occurred at a time when she was absent from work for a prolonged period of time. There is no suggestion that her actions have put service users at risk of harm. However, the Panel has concluded that her convictions were of such seriousness as to bring the reputation of the profession of social work into disrepute.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Jennifer Kathryn Lewis to be suspended from the HCPC Register for the period of a year.

Mrs Lewis was present and represented by Donal Mullally of the British Association of Social Workers.


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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. The Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) is the fitness to practise adjudication service of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Although it is part of the HCPC, the distinct identity of the HCPTS seeks to emphasise that hearings are conducted and managed by independent Panels which are at arm's length from the HCPC. https://www.hcpts-uk.org/aboutus/roleofhcptribunalservice


3. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here: https://www.hcpts-uk.org/hearings/listing/201706261000-final_hearing-sw57852

4. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints

5. 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

6. 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
Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Dietitians
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Orthoptists
Paramedics
Physiotherapists
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Radiographers
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

7. 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.

8. 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.