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In This Issue

Welcome to this edition of The Standard

In this issue we have updates on our latest appeals, performance reviews published, consultations responded to and Christine Braithwaite, the Authority's Director of Standards and Policy, provides a viewpoint in which she tells a cautionary tale about the 'gentlemen and the rat'.

Welcome to our Autumn 2017 edition of 'The Standard'. This is the last issue for 2017 and we have our usual updates and round-ups, but also a timely reminder from the Information Commissioner's Office to health practitioners about their legal requirements to register with them if they process data. In her viewpoint, our Director of Standards of Policy tells us how a recent flight to Canada provided her with the opportunity to ponder about regulatory history and how it ties in with a cautionary tale about gentleman-like codes of behaviour and rats.

We continue to be troubled by the lack of serious consideration fitness to practise panels pay to dishonest behaviour, so we were pleased to see a recent High Court decision refer to a number of the principles established in dishonesty cases. We also provide a brief update on the results of our consultation on revising our Standards of Good Regulation.

Our research and policy team has been busy recently responding to various consultations and if you read our regulators' update, you will see there are even more on the way.

We are preparing for the exciting launch of our joint report with the Royal Society of Public Health on 31 October. We have also been out and about around the country meeting health and care professionals and policy makers at the UK Health and Best Practice Shows to raise awareness of the accredited registers programme and our new 'check a practitioner' tool on our website.

Christine Braithwaite, Director of Standards and Policy, ponders on where the 'feel-good factor' has gone in regulation and how sometimes trying to do the right thing can lead to unintended consequences, often having the opposite effect rather than the desired outcome.

Dishonesty by health and care professionals is an issue that is not contained just within the UK, it is international. Our dishonesty research has generated interest far and wide and we recently delivered a presentation at the CLEAR conference in Denver, Colorado.

The Information Commissioner's Office reminds health practitioners of their legal requirements to register with them if they process data for the purposes of health admin and the provision of patient care, and also informs us about some upcoming changes.


Two consultations on new workforce roles are being run by the Department of Health: medical associates and nursing associates, plus our regular round-up from the regulators, including a joint statement from the regulators on conflicts of interest.


Policy Forum Wales are holding a seminar in December on priorities for social services in Wales. The Royal College of Psychiatrists is hosting a lecture on 'Sexual boundary violations - the way forward'.

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