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Foreword

The Authority continues to learn from the past and look to the future, and to stimulate debate about good regulation and where to find it. This eNewsletter looks both forward and back.

Changes to workforce are one of the key themes in our recent policy paper Rethinking regulation. There we set out an analysis of the weakness of current regulatory structures and suggest how regulation might be more focussed and supportive of professional practice. In Policy and Research Douglas Bilton reports on Rethinking regulation and we include reader testimonials in our Viewpoint section. In Getting Involved we highlight our recent research seeking views about social workers. In our next Viewpoint section David Bennett from the Academy of Healthcare Science provides information about the Academy's registrants and routes to the register.

In Regulatory news we discuss our recent annual performance review of the regulators. We highlight good practice as well as the weaknesses in performance we observed in some of them. This may be the last performance review in the current format as, subject to the public consultation we have just completed; we plan to move to a risk-based model of reviews and to publish separate reports on each regulator over the period of a year.

Lastly, Accredited Registers are establishing themselves as part of the future of assurance of health and care occupations. In the Accredited Registers section Rick Borges draws attention to workforce issues discussed at the interesting roundtable event that we held in July this year.

I must also report the sad news that our chair, Baroness Pitkeathley, has announced that she will stand down at the end of the year. Jill has been a quite outstanding chair and has led the board and the Authority through significant changes over the past six years. We will miss her greatly. One of the things Jill has taught us is to look to the future.

Harry Cayton
Chief Executive