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Social worker suspended for a further six months following first review

14/06/2017 - 15:20

Social worker suspended

Richard Hughes (SW31781) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a further six months following a review of a suspension order originally imposed on 7 December 2016.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr Hughes was originally suspended for a period of six months on grounds of misconduct whilst employed as an agency social worker at Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.

The Panel further heard that failings included not carrying out and / or recording Core Group Meetings and statutory visits within the required timescales relating to multiple families; and failing to arrange a looked after child medical within required timescales.

Panel Chair Sarah Hamilton commented:

“Although the Panel acknowledged that Mr Hughes had reflected on the circumstances which had led to the finding of misconduct and confirmed that he wished to remain within the profession, he had failed to address any of the other suggestions that were made by the previous panel.”

The Panel concluded to extend the suspension of Mr Richards Hughes from the HCPC Register for a further six months.

Mr Hughes 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.

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 appeal has concluded.


Louise Shewey
44 (0)2078409806

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