Social worker Elizabeth Jane Potts has been struck off the HCPC Register on grounds of misconduct, dishonesty and a conviction at Central Hertfordshire Magistrates Court.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that whilst employed as a locum social worker at Herefordshire Council, it was discovered that she had provided a false reference and email address purporting to be from her line manager, to two recruitment agencies. Concerns relating to the false references where then reported to the HCPC.
The Panel further heard that on 23 September 2014 Miss Potts was convicted of three offences of theft all relating to dishonestly making off without having paid for petrol whilst knowing that payment was expected from her.
Panel Chair Debbie Hill commented:
“Miss Potts has not demonstrated any insight into her behaviour and appears to be in denial. She could not make the link between her convictions and the dishonest production of false references. Her misconduct was calculated and deliberate.
The Panel has noted that Miss Potts’ convictions were not notified to the HCPC until the commencement of the current proceedings in 2016. The Panel considered this to be further evidence of her failing to take responsibility for her actions.”
The Panel concluded that the appropriate and proportionate response to protect the public was to strike the name off Elizabeth Jane Potts from the HCPC Register.
Elizabeth Janes Potts was present and represented herself at the hearing.