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Welcome to the Summer edition of The Standard

It has been a busy few months. We have just published our first performance review under our new process.

The research we commissioned on attitudes towards dishonesty by health and care professionals has brought to light some interesting views.


Find out more in our research and policy update.

Dear Reader,

The Authority’s Chief Executive Harry Cayton predicts that the one thing that is certain for health and care regulation is uncertainty. Read Harry's thoughts about the outcome of the EU referendum.

The new performance review process is now well bedded in and several regulator reviews are underway. We have just published our first report under this new process.


We have also recently published our annual report which, this year, includes a review of regulation and registration in 2015/16.

In May, we launched our campaign – Let’s Work Together – to highlight the benefits of the programme.


The campaign aims to raise awareness of the 22 registers (and counting) that are now accredited, representing 29 occupations and over 70,000 practitioners.

How do the public and other regulated professionals perceive dishonest behaviour by health and care professionals?


We commissioned research to find out more about this issue, especially as in many of the decisions about practitioners that we review and go on to appeal, we find that dishonesty has not been properly taken into account.

Mark Stobbs has just joined the Professional Standards Authority as our new Director of Scrutiny and Quality, though he may be an old-hand in the world of professional regulation, having worked for the Bar Standards Board, he is a new face in health and social care regulation. In this viewpoint, he shares his first impressions of some of the similarities but also the differences.

Eureka Cheung has worked for the Hong Kong Government as Principal Assistant Secretary for Health in the Food and Health Bureau, where her portfolio covered policies pertaining to healthcare workforce planning and regulation. Eureka is working at the Authority on a secondment, researching the feasibility of setting up an accredited registers scheme in Hong Kong.

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, is currently consulting on draft guidance on its standards relating to obtaining valid consent and meeting the professional duty of candour. The GOC’s Simon Grier explains more about why the guidance is needed.

We also provide an update on the General Medical Council's consultation on ‘a new and more useful medical register’.

The future of healthcare services in Wales,

19 October 2016, Cardiff


This seminar is scheduled to follow the findings of the Green Paper: Our Health, Our Health Service. Delegates at this seminar will consider the quality, governance and function of NHS Wales and what improvements the new Welsh Government can make.

Our location


Professional Standards Authority

157 -197 Buckingham Palace Road



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