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Review of professional regulation and registration published today

We have now laid our annual review of professional regulation and registration with annual report and accounts in Parliament. In it we warn that without the long-promised regulatory reform, professional regulation is likely to become less effective and efficient at protecting the public.

  • This past year has seen us review the highest number of final fitness to practise panel decisions to date – 4,285, although the number of cases we went on to refer to court remains steady at around 13.
  • Regulators are trying to innovate within their existing legislation, such as using consensual disposal but their disjointed, out-dated legislation makes it harder for them to do so.
  • Our report highlights regulatory research and the growing body of evidence being developed between regulators and academic researchers to make regulation more effective.
  • The report also spotlights accredited registers and the opportunities it offers to a stretched national health and care service, but argues that more government backing is needed to make sure members of public look out for its quality mark to help them access safer practitioners.

Harry Cayton, chief executive of the Professional Standards Authority says:

‘Professional regulation is at a critical juncture. It needs to modernise to be able to protect the public today and in the future and to do so we need new law.’

Read the full report or a summary of the key statistics for the year.

ENDS

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Contact:

Christine Braithwaite

Director, Policy and Standards

Email: Christine.Braithwaite@professionalstandards.org.uk

Reception: 020 7389 8030

Email: info@professionalstandards.org.uk

Notes to the Editor

  1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (previously known as the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence) oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
  2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are insufficient to protect the public and it is in the public interest.
  3. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
  4. We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
  5. We do this to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
  6. Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values.
  7. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk