A social worker has been struck off the register for moonlighting as a home care worker and lying to her employer about her second job.
A Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) panel heard the social worker, who was contracted to work 37 hours for Luton council, had taken additional employment resulting in her working a total of 57 hours a week.
This exposed her service users to potential harm, according to the panel.
Her undisclosed second job with Harrow council was discovered when the National Fraud Initiative flagged up an inconsistency in payroll data.
The initiative, which compares electronic data between public and private sector bodies, found the social worker appeared on the payrolls for both local authorities.
The social worker’s contract with Luton stated clearly she was not allowed to undertake any employment, either paid or unpaid, which could create a conflict of interest with the council.
The social worker claimed she had disclosed her second job to her line manager at Luton council in writing and was “surprised and disappointed” he did not recollect the letter.
Very little sleep
The letter she produced as evidence was later found to have been created on Luton’s electronic system when her employer began an investigation into her alleged misconduct.
Her line manager told the panel he would not have given the registrant permission to have a second job which required staying awake all night. But, the social worker said the hours of work she put in were not an issue because she required very little sleep.
The HCPC panel noted the social worker had given contradictory evidence, first claiming she had made a conscious decision not to disclose her second job, because she did not see it as relevant, and then claiming she had not understood the form in which she was supposed to disclose additional employment.
‘Inconsistent and untruthful’
She also initially claimed to not understand why the letter disclosing the information seemed to have been created during her investigation by her employer, and later claimed she created the copy because she could not find the original.
The panel stated the social worker gave “inconsistent and, at times, untruthful reasons and excuses for her actions”.
It also found she had attempted to shift the blame onto others for her situation including accusing a former line manager of withholding evidence.