Removal by Agreement means that through this process, a registered person can apply to be removed from the Register without being referred to a Panel.
The decision to agree to the application is made at a Case Conference. A registered person can apply for this at any stage in the fitness to practise process.
Applying for removal by agreement does not mean that a registered person has the right to be removed, but it enables Social Care Wales to agree to removal in an appropriate case.
The decision whether to agree the application is made taking into account whether the allegation involves exceptional public interest issues
- Mrs Stephanie Price ('Mrs Price') registered with Social Care Wales (SCW) as a Domiciliary Care Worker on 4 May 2020. She was employed by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council as a Home Carer.
- On 30 September 2020, Mrs Price was dismissed for gross misconduct in respect of her conduct described below.
Whilst registered as a Domiciliary Care Worker and employed by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council as a Home Carer.
(1) On 18 June 2020 you attended for work under the influence of alcohol.
- On 18 June 2020 attended for work and was noted by work colleagues to be smelling of alcohol, her speech was slurred and she kept repeating herself. Work colleagues concluded that Mrs Price was under the influence of alcohol. Her husband was contacted and arrangements were made for him to collect Mrs Price from her place of work.
(2) On 27 July 2020, during an investigation interview, you falsely stated that on 18 June 2020 you had attended Brynmarw Police station where you were given a breathalyser test that proved negative, or words to that effect.
- On 27 July 2020, Mrs Price attended an investigation interview in relation to her conduct on 18 June 2020. During this interview, Mrs Price denied that she had been under the influence of alcohol. Mrs Price also asserted that, after she had collected from work on 18 June 2020, she had travelled to Brynmarw Police Station and had provided a negative breathalyser test which had been taken by a police officer outside of the police station.
- Mrs Price admits that the information referred to in paragraph 4 was false.
(3) Your conduct in charge 3 was dishonest.
- Mrs Price admits that the false information given by her at the Investigation Interview on 27 July 2020, as described in Charge 2 above, was provided by her to convey the false impression that she had not been under the influence of alcohol on 18 June 2020. Mrs Price admits that this conduct would be regarded as dishonest by the standards of ordinary decent people.
- Mrs Price confirms her agreement to the facts set out in this statement.
- Mrs Price confirms that it is not her intention to work in the future in any capacity which would require her to be registered by SCW and that she wishes her name to be removed from SCW's register by agreement under Rule 9 of the Investigation Rules 2020. This statement of agreed facts has been prepared for that purpose.
- If, contrary to her expressed intention, Mrs Price should make an application for registration with SCW at a future date, she acknowledges that SCW may have regard to the contents of this statement when considering such an application.