Samantha Allison Girt (SW06735) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker with Milton Keynes Council.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that whilst allocated as the social worker for Family A, Miss Girt hugged Service User A and touched her knee. Following her removal as the allocated social worker Miss Girt exchanged inappropriate personal communications of a sexual nature with Service User A.
The Panel further heard that Miss Girt established an inappropriate relationship with Service User B by sending him inappropriate emails of a personal nature.
Panel Chair Marian Killen commented:
“In Miss Girt’s case, not only was there dishonesty but also persistent and sustained sexually motivated conduct in breach of professional boundaries. There is no evidence of insight or remediation, and as such the Panel took the view that there is an unwillingness on Miss Girt’s part to remediate her misconduct.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Samantha Allison Girt to be struck off the HCPC Register.
Miss Girt 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
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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.