Social worker suspended following substantive review

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Social worker Gemma Williamson (SW23778) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of six months following a substantive review of a suspension order originally imposed on 23 December 2015.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Miss Williamson was originally suspended for a period of twelve months on the grounds of misconduct whilst registered as a social worker with the HCPC.

The Panel further heard that Miss Williamson’s misconduct involved providing misleading information to an employment agency when applying for a position at Sunderland Social Services.

Panel Chair Ian Spafford commented:

“Whilst Miss Williamson has shown some insight into her dishonest conduct, she has not demonstrated that she is fit to return to unrestricted practice and her fitness to practise remains impaired.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Gemma Williamson to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a further six months.

Miss Williamson was present at the hearing by way of telephone and represented herself.

-ENDS-


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
  • Dietitians
  • Hearing aid dispensers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Operating department practitioners
  • Orthoptists
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Practitioner psychologists
  • Prosthetists / orthotists
  • Radiographers
  • 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.