Community Care reports that a newly qualified social worker has had a period of suspension, for failing to manage her workload, increased by the HCPC. Apparently she suffered bereavement following her original suspension and, as a result, she had not been able to undertake activities (such as employment, voluntary work or training) that might have allowed her to demonstrate that she had taken steps to acquire the competencies that she was said to lack.
I really struggle with the idea that a professional regulator should be dealing with this sort of case. It should concern itself with dealing with serious deliberate wrongdoing. Under-performance should be a matter for agency management and is usually best addressed by support and retraining, not disciplinary proceedings.