Gordana Bjelic-Rados (SW67870) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst registered as a social worker with the HCPC.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that following a period of employment with Northhamptonshire County Council Ms Bjelic-Rados provided an employment reference to Social Work 2000 which either she or another individual had amended.
The Panel further heard that the ‘Reason for Leaving?’ section of the reference was amended, and text removed from the ‘Additional Comments’ section. The original reference stated that Ms Bjelic-Rados had ‘development needs’.
Panel Chair Claire Cheetham commented:
“The Panel concluded that the facts found proved, taken in the round, were serious. They involved the deliberate and planned deception, either by Ms Bjelic-Rados herself falsifying the document, or by knowingly allowing another person to falsify that document, in order for her to obtain employment.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Gordana Bjelic-Rados to be struck off the HCPC Register.
Ms Bjelic-Rados 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/201806251000-final_hearing-sw67870
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.