A FIFE carer has been struck off after posting a video on drunken video on social media while working at a Lochgelly care home.

Lawrie Hutchison drank alcohol during a shift and then posted on Snapchat showing himself to be under the influence of alcohol in the Mossview Care Home.

A hearing conducted by the the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) deemed that Hutchison's fitness to practise was impaired because of the misconduct which took place on or around August 5, 2022.

It imposed a Removal Order removing registration from the part of the SSSC Register for Support Workers in a Care Home Service for Adults.

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The SSSC said social service workers were expected to be "reliable and dependable" when caring for vulnerable residents and not place them at unnecessary risk of harm.

"They must not behave in a way that may bring into question their suitability to work within the social services profession," stated the decision report.

"By drinking alcohol on shift, you placed vulnerable residents in your care at unnecessary risk of harm. This type of behaviour calls into question your reliability and dependability to care for those most vulnerable who use services.

"Your actions could have had significant consequences had any service users been exposed to your behaviour and this could have placed them at risk of harm.

"This behaviour falls far below the standards expected of social service workers and calls into question your judgment and character."

It added that recording and posting a video on social media while under the influence of alcohol during a shift demonstrated a "complete disregard" of their actions.

"This video may have been viewed by your colleagues or other members of the public bringing your employer and the SSSC into disrepute," it added.

"The behaviour is serious and could have had potential serious consequences, however on this occasion no harm was caused to residents."

The SSSC admitted that the behaviour was "isolated" but said no explanation had been provided about the behaviour nor provided any reassurance that the behaviour will not be repeated.

The hearing heard one colleague give positive information about Hutchison's practice and relationship with residents however conceded a warning or suspension was not appropriate.

The report added: "The SSSC considers a Removal Order is the most appropriate sanction as it is both necessary and justified in the public interest and to maintain the continuing trust and confidence in the social service profession and the SSSC as the regulator of the profession."