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Research and policy update

In December 2015, Ben Gummer MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, announced that the Government intends to consult on reforms to the sector. The consultation will take into account the Law Commissions’ earlier work on the topic as well as our paper on Rethinking regulation so watch this space.

In the last few months we have...


  • We held our annual Symposium with chief executives, chairs and other stakeholders on 12 February. The theme this year was around regulating to support innovation and protecting the public
  • In early March we held our two-day academic conference. Over 85 delegates attended what is now a yearly event. We came together to swap views, look at policy developments and debate what the future might hold. International colleagues, as well as representatives of regulatory organisations and academic institutions participated in 24 presentations on research into different aspects of regulatory practice and improvement.
  • We have also just held a very interesting discussion with stakeholders in Scotland (on 23 March). Representatives from health boards, regulators, universities and government came together to discuss professionalism, regulation and care. Feedback about the event has been positive and we hope to hold similar events in the future.  Right-touch regulation


  • Our revised version of Right-touch regulation (now includes new sections on risk and responsibility) along with a review of the literature on risk in regulation, and research with patients and the public.

Responded to consultations by:

  • General Medical Council – on changes to the information they publish on the register about a doctor’s fitness to practise

Douglas Bilton
Assistant Director