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Introduction

Welcome to the autumn edition of ‘The Standard’

After years of planning and several setbacks we might just be moving forward on reform of professional regulation. We hope that this autumn the government will consult widely on the shape of a new legal framework with the possibility of a draft Bill next year. In anticipation the Authority has published Regulation rethought proposing a new framework for assuring the safety of professions, and alongside it Right-touch assurance, a model for assessing occupational risks. Both these are featured in this newsletter.

As well as looking to the future we continue to work with the regulators and accredited registers to protect patients and the public. We have published three performance reviews under the new arrangements and four are nearing completion. When we reviewed the process last year many regulators said we should review the standards of good regulation as well and that exercise is now underway. In this eNews we also look at how the new performance review process differs from the previous one and the benefits it is bringing in this issue’s viewpoint. We also provide an analysis of why we decided to appeal a fitness to practise outcome and how that process works: from the initial decision to appeal to the outcome of the High Court and its judgment.

Harry Cayton at IAMRAThe health professions know no human barriers and regulators aim to enable people from all countries to work safely and contribute to the health and wellbeing of our and other communities. Three interesting international conferences have brought regulators together to learn from each other. CLEAR met in Portland, Oregon, IAMRA in Melbourne, Australia and the International Nurse Regulation Collaborative in Chicago. Here in London we have recently welcomed visitors from Somaliland, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia and Canada. In our small staff we have people from many different countries and backgrounds; everyone is welcome, everyone is valued.

Harry Cayton
Chief Executive