Social worker suspended on grounds of dishonesty and misconduct

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Shanza K Khan (SW106208) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of 6 months on grounds of dishonesty and misconduct whilst employed as a social worker by Oxfordshire County Council.

A panel of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service heard that failings included advising a manager that she had been working in a different office and recording on the online calendar that she was undertaking a supported shop with a service user when this was not the case.

The Panel further heard that Ms Khan failed to maintain adequate records in respect of five service users.

Panel Chair Ms Penny Griffith commented:

“The Panel is of the view that Ms Khan’s dishonesty is serious and is unlikely to be repeated and that her personal circumstances impacted on her behaviour. The Panel is also of the view that Ms Khan’s conduct is remediable and that she has taken considerable steps to address her dishonest behaviour."

The Panel concluded to suspend Ms Khan for a period of six months.

Ms Khan was present but not 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. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here:

3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here:

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

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
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

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.

7. 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.