Social worker suspended for one year over false reference

15 December 2017
Social Care Wales

A social worker has been suspended from working in a regulated social care role in Wales for one year after a Social Care Wales hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired.

Earlier this year, Muhammad Tahseen was suspended for one year by the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) after its Conduct and Competence Committee decided his fitness to practise was impaired because of his misconduct.

The committee found that between 25 February and 2 March 2015, Mr Tahseen dishonestly provided a recruitment agency with a false email address for an academic reference and provided a false reference via that email address.

As Mr Tahseen is also registered to practise in Wales, Social Care Wales was duty bound to consider HCPTS’s findings.

Mr Tahseen gave evidence at the one-day hearing at Social Care Wales’s Cardiff office earlier this week.

During the proceedings, Mr Tahseen admitted creating a false email address and reference, saying he did so to speed up the process of getting a reference and securing employment, and acknowledged that this was wrong.

The Social Care Wales hearing found the allegations against Mr Tahseen proven and concluded his fitness to practise was impaired.

The committee told Mr Tahseen: “We accepted you did not cause direct harm to individuals using services. You did however behave dishonestly in a professional context…

“We concluded that your decision to falsify an email address and a reference demonstrated a lack of integrity, and amounted to a breach of a fundamental tenet of the social care profession. We also concluded that your actions risked undermining confidence in the social care profession.”

The committee decided to suspend Mr Tahseen for 12 months with conditions.

Explaining its decision, the committee said: “We concluded it was necessary to impose a Suspension Order with conditions and we decided it was appropriate that we should seek to align this with the order imposed by the HCPTS.

“We gave you opportunity to comment on our proposed conditions and you have confirmed your commitment to comply with these. You have been warned that, if you do not do so, a future committee is likely to make a Removal Order.”