A social worker who was found to have a report 786 days overdue has been struck off by the Health and Care Professions Council.
The social worker had also not completed risk assessments, failed to progress direct payments quickly and did not complete support plans for five service users, a conduct and competence committee panel found.
The practice “had the potential to cause harm to service users and undermine public confidence in the profession”, the panel said.
The HCPC was alerted to the social worker’s poor practice when a manager’s review of her human resources portfolio, supervision and training records identified “concerning trends”.
One case summary for a service user, which should have been due within five days, was not forwarded to her manager until it was 786 days – over two years – late.
The manager had been sent a request to authorise closing the service user’s case, and was “shocked”.
The social worker’s supervising manager also had to spend “considerable time” going through a partially completed risk assessment by the registrant which meant they could not look at her other cases, the panel found.
“The risk assessment was deficient in several respects and registrant was asked to complete it before the next supervision, however that did not materialise.”
The social worker did not engage with the panel, who concluded that she had “breached the fundamental tenets of her profession”, and decided to strike her off.