Robert Norman Simpson (SW 35244) has been struck off the HCPC Register on grounds of misconduct whilst employed as an Independent Social Worker.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that between 2015 and 2016 Mr Simpson failed to provide reports to multiple clients, including Solicitors and Service Users, which had been paid for in advance to be completed.
The Panel further heard that reports in question included a Parenting Assessment, Social Impact Reports and Community Care Assessments. Mr Simpson also failed to respond to repeated attempts to contact him by the clients.
Panel Chair Caroline Healy commented:
“Mr Simpson has not provided any evidence of insight or remorse. He has breached a fundamental tenet of the profession and the Panel has determined that there is a significant risk of repetition of his misconduct.
In that light, the Panel determined that even the maximum period of suspension would neither serve to protect the public in the long term nor protect the wider public interest.”
The Panel directed to strike the name of Mr Robert Norman Simpson from the Register from the 24 November 2017 with an interim order to cover the appeal period.
Mr Simpson 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
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.