Muhammad Tahseen (SW98638) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of twelve months on the grounds of misconduct whilst registered as a social worker with the HCPC.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr Tahseen provided an agency with a false email address for a referee, and provided and / or asked someone else to provide the agency with a false reference from that address.
The Panel further heard that Mr Tahseen sent the false email in response to a request from a recruiter, and told the agency that the false reference was the programme leader of a course he had completed in the past.
Panel Chair Jacki Pearce commented:
“Integrity and honesty are central to the requirements of a reliable and effective social worker, and any fair minded and fully informed member of the public would not expect a social worker against whom these serious findings have been made to be permitted to practise unrestricted.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Muhammad Tahseen to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of twelve months.
Mr Tahseen was present at the hearing and represented by Mr Colin Anderson of the British Association of Social Workers.
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.