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Adult care home manager removed from the Register over financial discrepancies

20 September 2019
Social Care Wales

An adult care home manager from Gwynedd has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a hearing found her fitness to practise was impaired because of serious misconduct and deficient performance.

Marian Wyn Hughes was managing a care home for nine vulnerable adults with complex needs and learning disabilities in Gwynedd at the time of the incidents in question.

In January 2017, the parent of one of the home’s residents asked to see their child’s financial records and found discrepancies in the accounts, leading Gwynedd County Council to audit the financial records of all nine residents.

The auditors found numerous examples between September 2011 and February 2017 where the residents’ money hadn’t been properly accounted for, amounting to a total of £1,560.

The hearing was told that while Ms Hughes wasn’t involved in all the transactions, as the home’s manager she was responsible for checking the financial records and managing the residents’ money.

The hearing was also told that Ms Hughes dishonestly asked staff to fill in gaps in the financial records and to falsely witness entries in the accounts.

Having considered the evidence, the panel found that Ms Hughes’s fitness to practise was currently impaired because of her serious misconduct and deficient performance.

Explaining its decision, the panel said: “Ms Hughes’s failure to ensure that the monies of residents were appropriately accounted for constitutes ‘serious’ misconduct due to the number of occasions this took place over a prolonged period of time.”

The panel decided to remove Ms Hughes from the Register saying: “We have found that Ms Hughes’s behaviour is fundamentally incompatible with continuing to be a registered social care worker in the long term.

“Ms Hughes abused the trust of vulnerable service users and their families. She has not demonstrated any insight into her conduct, which represents a serious departure from the relevant professional standards set out in the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care.”

The panel continued: “In the regrettable absence of any remorse or mitigating factors, we do not consider there is any other way to adequately protect the public against the risk of harm.”

Ms Hughes was not present at the two-day hearing at our Cardiff office earlier this week.