Social Worker, Melanie Cullen, Struck Off Following Substantive Review Hearing

Social worker Melanie Cullen has been struck off the HCPC Register following a third review of a suspension order originally imposed at a final hearing on 13 November 2013.

HCPC - Health and Care Professions Council - Melanie Cullen

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Ms Cullen was originally suspended for a period of twelve months on the grounds of dishonesty and misconduct whilst employed as a social worker with Durham County Council.

The Panel further heard that Ms Cullen was originally suspended after police were called to two domestic disputes between herself and her partner, during which she initially obstructed and refused to talk to police, was verbally abusive and provided false information.

Panel Chair Catherine Boyd commented:

“The Panel had no evidence of any insight or remediation by Ms Cullen nor any up to date information from her. In the absence of any engagement with the HCPC in these proceedings, it followed that the Panel has no information as to her current level of insight in respect of her misconduct and specifically whether she recognised the potential impact of her behaviour, including dishonesty, on public confidence in the profession.”

The Panel concluded to strike the name of Melanie Cullen from the HCPC Register following the expiry of the current order.

Ms Cullen was neither present nor represented at the hearing.