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Social worker struck off on grounds of misconduct

08/10/2018 - 11:00

Social worker struck off on grounds of misconduct

Kelly Anne Wheldrick (SW64616) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council. 

The Panel heard that Mrs Wheldrick’s original failings included accessing service users’ social care records without a professional reason for doing so.

Panel Chair Paul Grant commented: 

“The Registrant has yet to evidence her full understanding of the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of records, regardless of whether the information is shared. In particular, she has yet to evidence her understanding of the impact, or potential impact, of her breaches on the individuals whose confidentiality she compromised and on public confidence in the profession.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Kelly Anne Wheldrick to be struck off the HCPC Register.

Mrs Wheldrick was neither present nor represented at the hearing. 

-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 here: https://www.hcpts-uk.org/hearings/listing/201809031300-review_hearing-sw64616

4. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints 

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. 

To see the full list of protected titles please see www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles 

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.

Anna Hill
020 7840 9806




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