A case manager, originally sanctioned for not managing his workload effectively, has been sanctioned again by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for not providing evidence of improved practice.
The social worker with Brent Council’s learning disability team was originally suspended for 12 months in November 2013, after a panel found he posed a risk to service users.
Concerns were first raised by his employer when he did not turn up to a meeting reviewing the sectioning of a mentally ill patient, causing the review to be adjourned.
An audit of the council’s electronic case management system revealed the social worker was struggling with his caseload.
He caused delays to service users’ support by failing to complete records, write support plans and carry out assessments in good time.
At the time, the conduct panel concluded the social worker could return to practise after 12 months if he provided evidence of steps taken to further his training and professional development and manage his workload more effectively.
The panel meeting to review the social worker’s fitness to practise after a year’s suspension heard that he had submitted no such evidence or information.
The panel said: “In the absence of any evidence of the registrant having developed insight into his failing and taken action to remedy these failings, he remains a risk to the public.”
But the panel decided it would be fair to give him another opportunity to engage fully with the process.
The social worker was suspended for a further six months.