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Adult care home manager removed from the Register because of theft

Adult care home manager removed from the Register because of theft

| Social Care Wales

An adult care home manager from Swansea has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a Social Care Wales hearing found her fitness to practise is currently impaired because of her criminal conviction.

In July 2020, Michelle Spiller pleaded guilty to theft at Swansea Crown Court after she spent more than £200 of a care home resident’s money on alcohol for herself and a co-worker during a three-day trip to London with the resident in 2017.

In October 2020, Ms Spiller was given a 20-week suspended prison sentence, sentenced to 100 hours’ unpaid work and ordered to pay compensation of £211.54.

After considering the evidence, the panel decided that Ms Spiller’s fitness to practise was currently impaired because of her criminal conviction.

Explaining its decision, the panel said: “We consider Ms Spiller’s conduct… is particularly serious as she abused her position of trust and took financial advantage of a very vulnerable user of care and support. In our view she also corrupted a junior colleague by involving them in this matter.”

The panel continued: “The incident took place a number of years ago and no attempt was made by Ms Spiller to try and remedy her actions and repay the money to the resident until directed to do so.

“Further when the matter was discovered, Ms Spiller initially denied that she had used the resident’s money to buy herself and her colleague alcohol.

“We have no evidence that Ms Spiller has taken steps towards remediation since her conviction. Ms Spiller has not demonstrated any insight into, or reflection upon, her conduct.”

The panel added: “We consider that [Ms Spiller] has acted in a way that poses a risk to individuals who use services and is liable to do so in the future.

“We do not have any evidence that Ms Spiller has learnt from her behaviour and therefore we are not assured it would not happen again.”

The panel decided to remove Ms Spiller from the Register, saying: “We have decided that confidence in the social care profession would be undermined by allowing Ms Spiller to remain on the Register.

“We consider that a Removal Order is proportionate and the only outcome which provides the necessary protection to members of the public and the wider public interest.”

Ms Spiller was not present at the one-day hearing, which was held over Zoom last week.