A social worker contacted us anonymously after she received a letter telling her she has been removed from the Health and Care Professions Council’s (HCPC) register. She says her direct debit was successfully transferred over from the General Social Care Council, but when she received the code to activate her registration with the HCPC it didn’t work – and apparently when she tried to contact the regulator by phone, she was kept on hold for so long she gave up. She tried emailing, also to no avail.
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I did put this to the HCPC and received the following response: “If anyone has any concerns about their registration or would like more information on the registration process they can contact us and we will respond directly.” They were unable to look into this particular case any further, as the social worker did not wish to be identified.
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About Kirsty McGregor
Kirsty McGregor is Community Care's workforce editor. She reports daily on social workers' pay and conditions, education, training, career progression, registration and fitness to practise. This includes issues affecting newly qualified social workers across the UK and the recent development of the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) in England. She is also responsible for producing job hunting and career progression advice.