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Social worker suspended on grounds of lack of competence

08/11/2017 - 16:16

Social worker suspended

Antony Kenneth Lawson House (SW26978) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of six months on the grounds of lack of competence whilst employed as a social worker in the Youth Offenders Team at Nottinghamshire County Council. 

A panel of the HCPTS heard that concerns Failings included not completing Risk Assessments, Court Documents and . or Review reports in a timely fashion; not meeting with service users at appropriate intervals and / or did not record those meetings; and not acting in response to non- compliance situations.
The Panel further heard that concerns were highlighted by his line manager, Witness 1, and had arisen after he had moved into the Youth Offending Team.  Witness 1 then managed a capability process and Mr House submitted his notice of resignation prior to the third performance review meeting on 17 September 2015.

Panel Chair Carolyn Tetlow commented:

“It was the judgement of the Panel that Mr House had been unable to perform to the required standard on a consistent basis, and that his proficiency in professional practice fell below the minimum acceptable level of Band B Senor Case Manager working in the Youth Offenders Team at that time.

It was the judgement of the Panel that the facts found proved amounted to a lack of competence on the part of the Registrant.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Antony Kenneth Lawson House to be suspended from the HCPC register for a period of six months with an interim order to cover the appeal period.

Mr House 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. 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.

3. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here:
4. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here:

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

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
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

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.

Louise Shewey
44 (0)20 7840 9806

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