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We protect the public by overseeing the regulation and registration of healthcare professionals

How we help to protect the public

We do this by improving the regulation and registration of people who work in health and social care. Our work includes:

  • Reviewing the work of the regulators of health and care professionals
  • Accrediting organisations that register practitioners in unregulated occupations
  • Giving policy advice to Ministers and others and encouraging research to improve regulation

We apply the principles of right-touch regulation to everything we do - find out more. Not sure how our work contributes to public protection? Read examples of our work in these case studies.


The way we carry out our performance reviews is changing

We have published the outcome of our second consultation on how we approach our regulator reviews.  We now plan to move to a three-year cycle and introduce this new process for the 2021/22 review year. Find out more here.

Carrying out a performance review

Latest news

The Authority publishes its review of the General Chiropractic Council’s performance for 2019/20

by Lesley Loughran | Oct 09, 2020
The General Chiropractic Council has met 17 out of 18 of our Standards of Good Regulation in its most recent review

The Professional Standards Authority has published its annual performance review of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). We review each of the statutory health and social care regulators each year to assess whether they are meeting Standards of Good Regulation. At the time of assessment, the GCC’s register covered approximately 3,400 chiropractors practising in the United Kingdom.

We conducted a targeted review of the GCC’s performance and concluded that it has met 17 of the 18 Standards of Good Regulation. The GCC did not meet Standard 3 which relates to its equality and diversity considerations of those on the register and those who it interacts with.

More information about how we reached our decision is set out in our Performance Review - GCC 2019/20 or read a summary in our snapshot.


Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care



Notes to the Editor

  1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees 10 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. The General Chiropractic Council regulates chiropractors in the UK. As at 31 March 2020, it had 3,356 professionals on its register. Initial registration fee is £750; annual retention is £800; and there is a reduced fee of £100 for those who register as non-practising. The GCC’s work includes: setting and maintaining standards of practice and conduct for the chiropractic profession; maintaining a register of qualified professionals; assuring the quality of chiropractic education and training; and acting to restrict or remove registrants who are not considered to be fit to practise.
  7. Our values are – integrity, transparency, respect, fairness and teamwork – and we strive to ensure that they are at the core of our work.
  8. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at


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  • A new approach to performance reviews


    Assistant Director of Performance, Graham Mockler, gives an overview on the recent changes we have made to our performance review process, following two consultations.

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Our work with regulators

We oversee the 10 statutory bodies that regulate health and care professionals. We review their performance to see how they are protecting the public.

We also scrutinise their decisions about whether people on their registers are fit to practise and can appeal these decisions if we believe they are insufficient to protect the public.

Our work with accredited registers

We set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for people working in unregulated health and care occupations and accredit those organisations that meet our standards.

The programme helps people who are seeking treatments that may not be covered by regulated professions to opt for a lower risk option and make an informed choice.

Improving regulation 

improving regulation

We want to explain and explore regulation – we encourage improvement by sharing good practice and knowledge, conducting research and introducing new ideas, including our concept of right-touch regulation.

We also monitor policy developments and provide advice to governments and others on matters relating to people working in health and care.

Our current work

our current work

Find out more about our latest research, social media campaigns or our most recent performance review published or register accredited.

You can also check our schedule for sharing your experience with us to help inform our regulator reviews and register re-accreditations.