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Policy and Research – What’s New?

We recently published…
In August we published Rethinking regulation to stimulate debate and discussion on the future of regulatory development and improvement. It argues that the regulatory framework for health and social care needs radical reform because it is out of date, overcomplicated and too expensive. Piecemeal  adjustments to healthcare regulation over time have made the system clumsy, ineffective and costly. Every part of our health and care system is changing to meet future needs; if patients are to benefit, regulation must undergo radical change too.

The paper also argues that regulation of professionals cannot be changed in isolation but must take account of the places in which they work. It calls for deregulation, less regulation and better regulation.  It makes a series of recommendations intended to reshape how regulation works so that it is able to face the challenges of the future. These include:

  • Shared objectives for system and professional regulators
  • Transparent benchmarking to set standards
  • A rebuilding of trust between professionals, the public and regulators
  • A reduced scope of regulation so that it focusses on what works
  • A proper risk assessment model.

We have received responses to the paper from a wide range of people, some of which are quoted in our Viewpoint section.

Since our last eNewsletter, we have responded to a number of consultations, including:

  • The consultation on the implementation of the Freedom to Speak Up review
  • The General Osteopathic Council consultation on their Continuing Professional Development proposals, and
  • The Health and Care Professions Council consultation on their standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

Look out for our revised edition of Right-touch regulation, to be published on our website soon.

Watch our annual research conference…

We are committed to developing an evidence base for regulation.  In March we held our annual research conference in collaboration with Gerry McGivern, Professor of Organisational Analysis, Warwick Business School.

The event brought together academics, researchers and regulatory practitioners. The theme of the event focussed on assessing the impact of regulators. We recorded all of the presentations and a breakout session to help share this information with the wider community.

You can watch all presentations and a breakout session here.

The presentation slides are also available to download.

Meet us at…
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. We are also presenting in one of the parallel sessions, on ‘Risks, Hazards and Harms’.

Douglas Bilton
Assistant Director