Social worker suspended for six months on grounds of misconduct

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Serena Odette Newnes (SW55943) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of six months on grounds of misconduct whilst employed with Gloucestershire County Council.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that on Friday 15 May 2015 Ms Newnes attended work whilst under the influence of alcohol.

The Panel further heard that during an investigation carried out by a Manager into her conduct, it became apparent that she had been cautioned on 11 May 2015 for an offence of Battery on 10 May 2015, which she had not informed her employers or the HCPC about.

Panel Chair Ian Comfort commented:

“Ms Newnes has fallen seriously short of the required standards expected of a reasonably competent social worker. The impact of any repetition is potentially serious, with a risk of harm to service users and to the reputation of the profession.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Serena Odette Newnes to be suspended from the HCPC Register a period of six months with an interim order to cover the appeal period.

Ms Newnes 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.

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.