Social worker struck off following substantive review of suspension

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Social worker struck off

Social worker Trevor Good has been struck off the HCPC Register following the second review of an18 month conditions of practice imposed in September 2015 and replaced with a suspension order for a period of six months on 24 March 2017. 

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mr Good was originally placed on a conditions of practice order whilst employed as a social worker by Leeds City Council. His failings included exceeding his authority and demonstrating poor practice in giving advice to midwives in regard to the birth and care of a child and without referring to senior management.

The Panel further heard that Mr Good had not engaged with the HCPC at any stage since the substantive hearing on 29 September 2015 and that there had been no information as to whether he had taken steps to remedy his misconduct or that he had maintained his knowledge and skills.  

Panel Chair Graham Aitken commented:

“In the absence of any evidence of remediation the Panel cannot be satisfied that there would not be a repetition of Mr Good’s misconduct with a consequent risk to service users.  The Panel has therefore concluded that Mr Good’s fitness to practise remains impaired.”

The Panel concluded that the only appropriate and proportionate sanction is a Striking Off Order to be imposed with immediate effect.

Mr Trevor Good was neither present nor represented at the hearing.


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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. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here: https://www.hcpts-uk.org/hearings/listing/201509281000-final_hearing-sw25350

3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints

4. 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

5. 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
Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Dietitians
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Orthoptists
Paramedics
Physiotherapists
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Radiographers
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

6. 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.