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Welcome to this edition of The Standard

Harry Cayton provides a short introduction to this issue of 'The Standard'.

Harry is quietly optimistic that the government is moving forward with plans to reform professional regulation.


Find out more in this issue of 'The Standard'


The Authority’s Chief Executive, Harry Cayton, has probably circumnavigated the globe in the last couple of months – giving presentations in Melbourne and Chicago – but he still has his eye firmly fixed on UK regulatory reform. Anticipating a consultation on a draft Bill, we have recently published our papers – Regulation rethought and Right-touch assurance.


Find out more in Harry's introduction.

Regulatory update

Our scrutiny and quality team have been busy scrutinising and quality-assuring.

Since our last newsletter, we have published two more performance reviews, have five outstanding appeals and appeared before the Health Select Committee.

Accredited registers

We now have 23 registers accredited covering 30 different health and care occupations – Save Face and Treatments you can Trust – are the latest registers to be accredited.


We have also  been out and about at conferences, making contacts with GPs in Harrogate at the RCGP's Annual Conference and Pulse Live in Birmingham.


Research and policy

Our paper Rethinking regulation caused quite a stir last year. Its follow-up – Regulation rethought sets out our views for a radical reform of health and care professional regulation and outlines the three principles we intend to use to test out our proposals for change – the health professional regulatory system should be: proportionate to the harm it seeks to prevent; simple to understand and operate; and efficient and cost-effective.

International regulation

Daisy Blench, one of our policy advisers, tells us about her IAMRA experience. Daisy gave a presentation on the dishonesty research we published earlier this year and tells us about her highlights from the conference.


In August we welcomed visitors from the Malaysian Ministry of Health as part of their UK visit to learn more about British professional regulation.

Viewpoint Scrutiny Team

In this viewpoint, we look more closely (or even scrutinise) the role the Authority’s Senior Scrutiny Officers play in reviewing the regulators’ performance and how the new performance review process is shaping up.

Protecting the public: why we appeal final FtP decisions

We review every final decision made by all of the nine regulators’ fitness to practise (FtP) committees. If we decide a decision does not protect the public properly we can refer the case to Court to be considered by a judge.

Our shorthand for this process is known as our ‘Section 29’ work. In this case study we give an example of what happens when we decide that a regulator’s FtP committee made the wrong decision.

Regulators' update

It has been a busy time for the Regulators with consultations ongoing, among other things, on new and revised guidance, standards and social media, and fitness to practise processes.


The GOsC, the HCPC and the NMC are currently running consultations.

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