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Welcome to this edition of The Standard

‘Skill to do comes of doing; knowledge comes by eyes always open, and working hands; and there is no knowledge that is not power.’ 

So said Ralph Waldo Emerson in his essay on Old age’, but what about the power of knowledge-sharing? Our annual symposium and academic conference highlighted just how important it is for academics, policy makers, patient representatives, regulators and those they regulate to come together, talk to each other and, more importantly, learn from each other.

Read more in our Policy and Research update

The Authority's Director of Standards and Policy, Christine Braithwaite, gives a brief overview of what you can expect to read about in this issue.


We review every decision made by the regulators' panels about their registrants' fitness to practise. This gives us a bird’s eye view across all the nine regulators and can help us identify trends and feedback learning points to them. In February we brought together chairs of fitness to practise panels to facilitate discussions and understanding.

Our recent academic conference and annual symposium have underlined how important collaboration, cooperation and communication is – both nationally and internationally. Sharing knowledge, examining what does and does not work in health regulation and identifying new ways of working will all contribute to improving patient safety.

There are now 80,000 practitioners on accredited registers and they can contribute to resolving the current public health challenges. We will discuss this in greater detail at our conference in May where we will preview the findings of the Royal Society for Public Health’s survey as part of our joint project with them.


Professor Tim David of the University of Manchester and Sarah Ellson, Partner, Fieldfisher LLP, explain the differences in approach to managing cases about students fitness to practise compared to that for registrants.


Our regular round-up from the regulators including consultations, new guidance on the duty of candour and gaining valid consent, reports published, surveys conducted and a case study featuring personal behaviour and social media.

Upcoming events

Policy Forum Wales are holding a seminar in July. Next steps for primary care in Wales: access, innovation and transformation will examine the potential for new ways of working to transform primary care, at a time when provision across Wales faces substantial pressures.

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