George Osborn Otieno (SW37074) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker with Lancashire County Council.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr Otieno failed to maintain professional boundaries in that he entered in to financial agreements with a service user and a carer, including to purchase car tyres, a television, an Xbox and a car.
The Panel further heard that Mr Otieno attended the home of a service user in direct contravention of management instructions, and asked the carer to lie to Lancashire County Council about the financial agreement.
Panel Chair Marian Killen commented:
“On the basis of the evidence Mr Otieno has chosen to put before the Panel, the only conclusion the Panel is able to reach is that he has not achieved full understanding of the seriousness of his actions and has not fully remedied them. That being the case, there remains a risk of repetition.”
The Panel ordered for the name of George Osborn Otieno to be struck off the HCPC Register.
Mr Otieno 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/201709251000-final_hearing-sw37074
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.