Doreen Munsanda Mudenda (SW77490) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of conviction whilst registered as a social worker with the HCPC.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Ms Mudenda was convicted at Lewes Crown Court of two counts of dishonestly failing to notify change of circumstances affecting entitlement to social security benefit. She was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment suspended for 12 months.
The Panel further heard that Ms Mudenda’s charges stemmed from her unnecessarily obtaining Disability Living Allowance for a period of twelve years, fraudulently obtaining £58,963.50 over this period.
Panel Chair Penny Griffith commented:
“The Panel is of the view that given the nature of Ms Mudenda’s conviction, it is incompatible with ongoing registration, in that members of the public would have serious concerns if a registered social worker who was in a position of trust were able to return to practise with a conviction of this nature.
The Panel ordered for the name of Doreen Munsanda Mudenda to be struck off the register.
Ms Mudenda was present at the hearing and represented by Ms Coral Fitzgerald, solicitor.
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
4. See information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings
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. Full list of protected titles
- 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.