Take part: researchers launch study into the experience of social workers referred to the HCPC

The three academics are looking for social workers to be interviewed under the condition of anonymity to help with their research

Listening to your voice. Photo: Ambra Galassi/ flickr

Three academics and former social workers have gained approval to carry out a study exploring the perspectives of social workers who have been referred to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

This study comes after a Community Care investigation found the regulator was in potential breach of human rights.

Take part

The researchers are seeking social workers to take part in their study by answering questions about their experiences being referred to the HCPC by their organisations.

Jadwiga Leigh at the University of Sheffield, Ken McLaughlin at Manchester Metropolitan University and Aidan Worsley at the University of Central Lancashire are hoping to learn more about the challenges social workers referred to the regulator have faced so far and how these may have impacted on their personal and professional identity.


Full anonymity will be provided and the interviews will last around an hour.

If you’re interested in this study, please email Jadwiga Leigh at j.t.leigh@sheffield.ac.uk.  You will be given an information booklet which will have more details about the project or will be able to arrange to talk to someone further before agreeing to take part.

It is agreed between the researchers and Community Care that:

  • All those who contact either party with enquiries relating to the study will, in all circumstances and with regard to all elements of the individual’s circumstances, remain anonymous.
  • Where Community Care is contacted directly regarding the advert they will a) assure anonymity in line with the above and b) take a first name, phone number and/or email address
  • Jadwiga Leigh will make contact within the following 3 working days of being passed on any enquiry

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One Response to Take part: researchers launch study into the experience of social workers referred to the HCPC

  1. Jazz March 24, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

    Experiences of social workers are needed from all 4 of the UK regulatory bodies. For policy to be amended for the common good of the social work/social care profession in the UK on which we all need to be united. Something really does need to be done about the way all 4 regulatory bodies for social work/social care handle their investigations, support given to practitioners including financial for legal fees, and respect for practitioners and their human rights. It is so sad that the majority of practitioners don’t attend their Health/Conduct/Fitness to Practice Hearings or have legal representation which is totally against social justice.