Anne Margaret O’Connor (SW13309) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of twelve months on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker by Somerset County Council.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Miss O’Connor was responsible for a number of failings including completing Fostering Assessment reports in relation to Service User A and not recording accurate information.
The Panel further heard that Miss O’Connor did not maintain service user confidentiality in that she used her personal email address and / or home IT equipment to send and / or receive confidential information.
Panel Chair Manuela Grayson commented:
“By her misconduct, Miss O’Connor has breached several of the fundamental tenets of the profession and has brought the profession into disrepute. She has behaved in such a way that her integrity can no longer be relied on.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Anne Margaret O’Connor to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of twelve months.
Miss O’Connor 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
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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.