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Social worker struck off following substantive review

11/07/2018 - 11:24

Social worker struck off

Social worker Bianka Grant (SW07050) has been struck off the HCPC Register following a substantive review of a suspension order originally imposed on 5 January 2017.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Miss Grant was originally suspended for a period of 12 months on grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker with the Royal Borough of Kingston. 

The Panel further heard that Miss Grant’s failings included repeated use of a business Zipcar account for personal use.

Panel Chair Caroline Healy commented: 

“The Registrant’s continuing lack of insight leads the Panel to the conclusion that there is a significant risk of repetition. Therefore, the taking of no further action would not be appropriate.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Bianka Grant to be struck off the HCPC Register. 

Miss Grant was present at the hearing and supported by Mr Rodney Wright.


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.

Ed Hickey
+44 02078409806

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