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Social worker removed from the Register for deficient performance

05 July 2019
Social Care Wales

A social worker from Conwy is to be removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a hearing found her fitness to practise was impaired because of her deficient performance.

Caroline Mottram was accused of multiple failings between January 2016 and October 2017 while she was employed as a social worker by Conwy County Borough Council.

The hearing was told that Ms Mottram failed to complete tasks within an acceptable time frame, and wasn’t contacting or wasn’t able to be contacted by those she was meant to be supporting.

Ms Mottram also failed to meet multiple performance-related targets, and failed to show competent and consistent practice in many aspects of her work, including managing her caseload, carrying out assessments, and establishing and maintaining relationships with those she was supporting.

Ms Mottram wasn’t present at the two-day hearing, which took place at Venue Cymru in Llandudno last week.

Having heard the evidence, the panel decided that Ms Mottram’s fitness to practise was currently impaired because of her deficient performance.

Explaining the decision, the panel said: “We are satisfied that this is not a case where an isolated error has been made.

“In our judgement, these instances of unacceptably low practice existed across a fair sample of Ms Mottram’s work and represented a pattern of unacceptably low performance over a period of 21 months.

The panel continued: “In our view, Ms Mottram poses a current risk to individuals using services. We cannot in any way be satisfied that she has properly addressed the deficiencies in her practice.”

The panel decided to remove Ms Mottram from the Register, saying: “On the evidence before us, only a Removal Order will be adequate in Ms Mottram’s case.”

Ms Mottram will be removed from the Register on 26 July 2019 when the Removal Order takes effect.