Social worker struck off on grounds of misconduct

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Social worker struck off

Social worker Sarah Anne Garland has been struck off the HCPC Register following a substantive review of suspension order originally imposed on 7 December 2015.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Miss Garland was originally suspended on grounds of misconduct whilst employed by Bedford Borough Council for a period of twelve months. The original suspension was extended on review by 4 months on 22 December 2016 and a further 4 months on 7 April 2017.

The Panel further heard that during her employment, Miss Garland inappropriately accessed the records of Service User A and Service User B without a work-related reason to do so; amended Service User A’s records without authorisation; and disclosed information from Service User A’s record to Service User A without authorisation.

Panel Chair Penny Griffith commented:

“Miss Garland’s failure to engage for the HCPC in these proceedings demonstrates a lack of willingness to remediate her practice, which is incompatible with her continuing on the register.”

The Panel concluded that the only appropriate sanction would be to strike the name of Sarah Anne Garland from the register upon expiry of the existing order on 5 September 2017.

Miss Garland 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.

3. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here:

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

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

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
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

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.