Social worker Mark Anthony Henry has been struck of the HCPC Register on grounds of misconduct and dishonesty whilst employed by North Somerset Council.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that during the course of Mr Henry’s employment concerns arose in relation to his failure to attend statutory meetings and the falsification of records of contact in relation to Service User C.
The Panel further heard that Mr Henry was suspended from his employment on 11 February 2016 pending an internal investigation. The Panel also heard oral evidence from Mr Henry’s line manager and the Investigating Officer and found the witnesses credible and consistent.
Panel Chair Brian Wroe commented:
“ The Panel is satisfied that there was a serious falling short of the standards to be expected of a social worker. The false records giving rise to allegation 3 (b)(i) – 3 (b) (v) relate to a 6 week period and involved five visits which did not take place. When these matters were investigated Mr Henry gave, and maintained, an untrue account in interview.”
The Panel concluded that the only appropriate sanction in this case was to strike the name of Mr Mark Anthony Henry from the Register from the effective date 31 August 2017 with an interim order to cover the appeal period.
Mr Henry 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
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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.