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  • The Duty of Candour – where are we now?

    Peter Walsh -AvMa

    A guest blog from Peter Walsh questions what difference the duty of candour has made, but he remains hopeful that, if fully embraced by regulators and others, it will lead to the biggest and most overdue advance in patients’ rights and patient safety

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  • The role of regulators in encouraging a Speak Up culture

    Russell Parkinson national speak up guardians

    Russell Parkinson guest blogs for us following our recent seminar on whistleblowing - outlining that there needs to be supportive organisational cultures with good leaders to encourage speaking up and voicing concerns

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  • Professional identity - regulation plays only a small role but could it be about to get bigger?

    Daisy Blench

    Policy Manager Daisy Blench reflects on a recent presentation to nursing associate students and the thoughts they shared on wearing a uniform and being regulated versus not being regulated.

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  • Healthcare professionals - ‘shock absorbers’ in a system under pressure?


    Brexit brings uncertainty, but we do know whatever its outcome, healthcare professionals will shoulder some of the impact. UK health/care regulators do not get involved in workforce matters, but our Director of Policy and Standards asks: 'should they now?'

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  • Alan Clamp - an introduction

    Alan Clamp

    In this first blog Alan Clamp explains that, though he may be new to the Professional Standards Authority, he is certainly not new to the world of regulation

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  • On regulation and ‘being good’

    Professor Deborah Bowman

    This guest blog from Professor Deborah Bowman, the academic lead for the Authority's 2019 Academic Conference, introduces the question ‘what is it to be a good regulator?’

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  • Fixing fitness to practise: a model for the future?

    Daisy Blench

    In our third (and final) blog looking at fitness to practise – we go from the evolutionary approach to the revolutionary – if we could design the fitness to practise process from scratch: what would it look like?

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  • Time for a change? Why we are consulting on reviewing the Standards of Good Regulation


    Mark Stobbs explains why the time is right to review the Standards of Good Regulation. Responses from our 2017 consultation have now fed into a new set of draft Standards that reflect our right-touch regulation principles and we want your feedback on them

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  • Professional Identity: a question of space versus place?

    Katerina Kolyva - Council of Deans of Health

    How does professional identity benefit patient safety? What role do regulators have on the formation of that identity? Dr Kolyva reflects on how ‘space’ and ‘place’ can contribute to developing professional identity

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