Social worker Jeanette Hamer (SW91433) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a further twelve months following a substantive review of a suspension originally imposed on 14 February 2017.
A Panel of the HCPTS heard that Mrs Hamer was originally suspended for six months on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker with Northamptonshire County Council.
The Panel further heard that Mrs Hamer’s failings included practicing as a social worker whilst not registered with the appropriate regulator, not visiting Service User A after becoming aware that he had placed a ligature around his neck with a view to ending his life and not undertaking statutory visits and / or recording them.
Panel Chair Rachel Cook commented:
“Mrs Hamer has not engaged with the regulatory process, and has not provided any evidence of reflection, insight or remediation. In the light of the absence of such evidence the Panel concluded that she is liable to put service users at unwarranted risk of harm in the future.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Jeanette Hamer to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a further twelve months.
Mrs Hamer 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/listing/201708101000-review_hearing-sw91433
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.