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Right-touch assurance

Right-touch assurance: a methodology for assessing and assuring occupational risk of harm

October 2016

The Authority has developed a new tool for assessing the risk of harm presented by different health and care occupations. This tool is available to indicate what form of assurance is needed to manage the risk of harm to patients and service users arising from the practice of an occupation. This approach will assist government in making objective and transparent decisions on whether new roles should be regulated or what alternative action should be taken, such as an accredited register, credentialing or employer-led controls. In the longer term the methodology could be used or adapted to aid decisions on whether or not specialties should be regulated, if there should be particular annotations on registers, as well as reviewing the need for provisional and student registration.