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Social worker suspended following substantive review hearing

05/01/2017 - 13:54

Social worker suspended

Social worker Sarah Anne Garland has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of four months following a first review of a suspension order originally imposed on 8 December 2015.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Miss Garland was originally suspended on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed by Bedford Borough Council.

The Panel further heard that Miss Garland’s originally failings included inappropriately accessing the records of two service users without a work related reason to do so, amending a service user’s record without authorisation and disclosing information from a service users records to the service user without authorisation.

Panel Chair Stephen Fash commented:

“The Panel has taken into account the remorse expressed by Miss Garland in email which suggests some degree of insight into her failings. The Panel considered that a suspension order would not only continue to protect the public but would afford Miss Garland the opportunity to respond to the suggestions made by the original Panel and engage with the fitness to practise process.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Sarah Anne Garland to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a further period of four months.

Miss Garland 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. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here:

3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here:

4. 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

5. 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
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

6. 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.


Caitlin Drysdale
44 (0)20 7840 9806

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