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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.

 

New ‘public interest’ test for accreditation decisions

Following our strategic review, including a public consultation earlier this year, we have re-launched the Accredited Registers programme. Find out more

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Blog

  • Bridging the Gap – looking for new ways to sabotage harm

    Douglas

    Assistant Director of Standards and Policy, Douglas Bilton, writes about what we are setting out to achieve in our upcoming 'Bridging the Gap' project, describing the challenge of effectively analysing a broad range of contributing factors to harm.

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  • The Bristol Inquiry - 20 years on

    Daisy

    July 2021 marked 20 years since Sir Ian Kennedy's report of the inquiry into children's heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary was published - in this blog we look back to see how its recommendations are still relevant for regulatory reform

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Our work with regulators

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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

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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.