Social worker Neil Hutton (SW27489) has been struck off the HCPC Register following a first review of a suspension order originally imposed on 29 July 2016.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr Hutton was originally suspended on the grounds of misconduct for a period of twelve months whilst employed at Nottingham City Council.
The Panel further heard Mr Hutton’s original failings included obtaining £20 petty cash to purchase items for Person B, telling his manager the products had been purchased on 22 July 2013 and then providing a receipt dated 29 July 2013 before making corresponding entries in Person B’s case records. Mr Hutton also continued to practice as a social worker after being removed from the HCPC Register and failed to notify his employer of his removal.
Panel Chair Penny Griffith commented:
“The acts and omissions of Mr Hutton were serious and included dishonesty. He created a risk of harm to service users by practising whilst not registered as a social worker. There has been no engagement by him in these proceedings. There is no evidence of insight, remorse or remediation.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Neil Hutton to be struck off the HCPC Register.
Mr Hutton 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. 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/calendar
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
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Hearing aid dispensers
Operating department practitioners
Prosthetists / orthotists
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.