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Round table event following publication of Accredited Registers Report

The Authority held a round table discussion on 1 July 2015 to explore how the 63,000 strong workforce on Accredited Registers could help achieve a number of key health policy objectives as discussed in our report: Accredited Registers - Ensuring that health and care practitioners are competent and safe.

The event was well attended by representatives from health, social care, education and voluntary sectors, including the Department of Health, Royal College of GPs, British Medical Association, Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Employers, Public Health England, Health Education England, Health Foundation, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Accredited Registers.

The event started with a series of presentations from Jeremy Taylor (CEO, National Voices), Harry Cayton (Authority’s CEO) and Christine Braithwaite (Authority’s Director of Standards and Policy). Jeremy opened the event by exploring person-centred care, Harry followed with a presentation about the Accredited Registers programme and Christine set the scene for the potential use of the wider workforce on Accredited Registers to deliver the health and care required in the 21st century.

Following the presentations, there was a panel discussion chaired by Baroness Jill Pitkeathley (Authority’s Chair).  Delegates engaged with the panel of representatives from different sectors, including the Royal College of GPs, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, NHS Employers, UK Homecare Association and National Voices and discussed ways in which Accredited Registers could help in delivering strategic objectives.

 In summary, the discussions at the event highlighted a number of ideas where the Accredited Registers workforce could help improve the delivery of health and care in the UK. The Authority will be working with the Accredited Registers and key stakeholders in the following months to talk about implementing some of these ideas.

What we have achieved since the roundtable event

Following on from the success of our roundtable event, we have arranged and sought several meetings to further discuss how the Accredited Registers workforce can help and explore ideas from the event. We met with the National Workforce Development Lead from Public Health England to discuss the Accredited Registers role in the wider public health workforce. We have also met with the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, the National Clinical Director of Mental Health and the Deputy Director for Professional Standards from NHS England, the CEO and Director of Education and Quality from Health Education England and the CEO from St. Christopher’s Hospice. We will soon meet with senior representatives from the Royal College of GPs and the National Care Forum.

Working with GPs

We are pleased that the General Medical Council has agreed to amend its explanatory guidance on Good Medical Practice to include Accredited Registers as an example of assurance of safety and quality care. Under the referral guidance section it  now reads ‘you must be satisfied that systems are in place to assure the safety and quality of care provided – for example, the services have been commissioned through an NHS commissioning process or the practitioner is on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.’ This means that when GPs are referring a patient they will be encouraged to select organisations that have been accredited by us.

Events in 2015

Webinars
The next Accredited Registers webinar will be held on 14 October 2015. This workshop is hosted by the Accreditation team for organisations holding registers that are planning to apply for accreditation. It will outline the application process and give delegates the chance to ask the team any questions. If you would like to attend please contact accreditationteam@professionalstandards.org.uk.

Conferences

The Authority will be attending and hosting a stand to promote its work at the 8th Annual Regulation Event – ‘Regulation: improving quality and safety’ in Glasgow on 2 November 2015.

Accredited Registers Rebrand – extended deadline for registrants reminder

All Accredited Registers and their registrants should now be using the new quality mark on all their electronic materials.

The Authority provided an extended deadline for changing printed materials. It is expected that all printed materials produced by an Accredited Register and their registrants will be using the new quality mark from 30 November 2015.

Registrants on an Accredited Register who wish to use the quality mark should contact their register for the new mark and details about how to use it.

Feedback

If you have any comments or suggestions for future issues of this update please contact us by email at

accreditationteam@professionalstandards.org.uk or telephone 0207 389 8037.

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Rick Borges
Accreditation Manager