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Domiciliary care worker removed from the Register because of serious misconduct

| Social Care Wales

A domiciliary care worker 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 serious misconduct.

The hearing was told that in January 2020 Sophie Williams drank alcohol that belonged to a person in her care, without their consent, while she was working.

The hearing was also told that Ms Williams behaved in an unhygienic way in the person’s home by picking her nose and wiping her fingers on the kitchen surfaces.

After considering the evidence, the panel concluded that Ms Williams’s fitness to practise was currently impaired because of serious misconduct.

The panel explained its decision, saying: “We have found that Ms Williams acted dishonestly by taking alcohol belonging to [the person in her care] whilst at work in his home. This was clearly a breach of trust and showed disrespect for [him].

“Had the responsible individual not intervened… [Ms Williams] would have gone on to other work whilst under the influence of alcohol, and may have driven to do so.”

The panel continued: “The allegation relating to [Ms Williams’s] lack of personal hygiene was minor in comparison to her other conduct. We took it into account when assessing her overall conduct… but noted that it would not have amounted to serious misconduct by itself.”

The panel added: “By showing a lack of respect for [the person in her care] and his home and property, Ms Williams breached a fundamental tenet of social care.

“Whilst Ms Williams did express some remorse when spoken to by her employer as part of the disciplinary process, she has not participated in these proceedings and has not demonstrated that she has taken steps to remedy the impairment.”

The panel decided to remove Ms Williams from the Register, saying: “No other disposal would provide adequate protection for members of the public.

“We impose this order with an element of regret because the evidence of the responsible individual was that Ms Williams had the makings of a good social care worker. Ms Williams’s lack of participation has prevented us from taking any other step.”

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