Social worker suspended on grounds of lack of competence

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Social worker suspended on grounds of lack of competence

Beverley Corinna Convery (SW43657) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of six months on grounds of lack of competence whilst employed as a social worker by Durham County Council.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that allegations included failing to complete a Single Assessment within required timeframes; failing to inform the Police and / or Probation Services that Child B was living in the family home on a permanent basis; and failing to record case notes for Child A and Child B.

The Panel further heard oral evidence from Ms Convery, who attended by telephone, who admitted Particulars 1, 14 and 15 of the allegation and variously denied or did not admit the remainder of Particulars 2–16.

Panel Chair Paul Grant commented:

“These failings in Ms Convery’s practise are remediable. However, she had not been practising as a social worker since 21 May 2015. Although Ms Convery has mentioned her retirement, the Panel, has been unable to conclude at this stage that there are no circumstances in which she might choose to practise again. Therefore, there is a risk of repetition of the unmediated shortcomings of Ms Convery’s practise.”

The Panel decided that in all the circumstances, a Suspension Order of six months would be necessary and sufficient, and instructed for the name of Beverley Corinna Convery to be suspended from the Register.

Ms Beverley Corinna Convery attended the hearing by telephone.


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.