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Social worker suspended for six months on grounds of misconduct
Social worker suspended
Jeanette Hamer has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of six months on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker with Northamptonshire County Council.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mrs Hamer failed to visit Service User A, for whom she was responsible, in a timely manner after becoming aware that he had placed a ligature around his neck with a view to ending his life. She also failed to discuss the incident with Service User B, Service User A’s brother.
The Panel further heard that Mrs Hamer failed to undertake statutory visits, maintain accurate case notes and inappropriately kept confidential information in relation to around 36 service users outside the office.
Panel Chair Claire Bonnet commented:
“Mrs Hamer has breached a fundamental tenet of the profession by failing to act in the best interests of service users in many respects and has brought the profession into disrepute by her repeated failings. These took place over a significant period of time, involved 13 service users and put a number of them at risk and hampered the process of transition to adulthood for two of them.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Jeanette Hamer to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of six months.
Mrs Hamer 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: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints/hearings/index.asp?id=6688&month=2&year=2017&EventType=H
3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints
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 www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints
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 www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Hearing aid dispensers
Operating department practitioners
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.
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