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The Professional Standards Authority presents research on dishonesty to the CLEAR conference

Around 200 regulators and policy makers, mostly from Canada and the USA, attended the presentation by the Authority’s staff on research into public and professional attitudes to dishonest behaviour by health and care professionals. They were attending the Annual Education Conference of the Counicl on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) in Denver.

The audience were presented with two real-life examples of fitness to practise cases involving dishonesty and the sanctions that had been imposed. This prompted a lively discussion that brought to light significant differences in regulatory approaches to dishonesty in private life among the audience, with some strong feelings on both sides of the argument.

They also attended other interesting sessions coving topics such as bad board behaviour, risk-profiling of professions, how regulators deal with sexual abuse, and the future of self-regulation. The conference was opened by a moving keynote speech from Patty Skolnik, who campaigns with her husband for greater transparency and partnership working between patients and health professionals, following a devastating personal tragedy.