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Social worker struck off on grounds of misconduct

18/05/2017 - 09:45

Social worker struck off

Lisa Jane Thorn (SW68086) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst registered with the HCPC as a social worker and employed as manager of Woodlands Care Home in Wakefield.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mrs Thorn did not take adequate steps to protect service users from physical, psychological and financial abuse at Woodlands Care Home, a private residence for up to 19 adults with learning disabilities aged 18-65.

The Panel further heard that Mrs Thorn did not ensure appropriate management of service user’s money, did not ensure that provision of staff was adequate and did not ensure that service users received clinically appropriate treatment.

Panel Chair Stephane Pandit commented:

“Mrs Thorn had a fundamental and clear responsibility for the wellbeing and care of the service users. She failed in that responsibility, particularly in that she acted dishonestly towards the service users and failed to show any respect to them as individuals. Her behaviour showed a blatant disregard for the underpinning social work values of respect for the individual, honesty, integrity, and commitment to person-centred care.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Lisa Jane Thorn to be struck off the HCPC Register.

Ms Thorn 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.

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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
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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.

7. 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 ap

Caitlin Drysdale
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