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In This Issue

Welcome to this edition of The Standard

In this issue we take a closer look at the various ways we have been protecting the public: though our continued scrutiny of the nine regulators, by raising awareness of the accredited registers programme, and by influencing regulatory policy.

We have just published our annual review of professional regulation and registration and for a small organisation of barely 40 staff, it shows the length and breadth of our work. However, though it would be tempting to look back at a very busy year in this newsletter (and we do have the odd glance over our shoulder), we focus on the work we are currently undertaking to protect the public and why we feel the time is right to review our Standards of Good Regulation.

Last year, we reviewed the highest number of final fitness to practise panel decisions to date – 4,285 and published nine separate performance reviews. In this issue we provide an update on our latest Appeals, a quick update on the NMC lessons learned review, and our consultation to review the Standards of Good Regulation. 

Our overview of regulation and registration report highlights the work we are doing around regulatory research and growing the body of evidence between regulators and academic researchers to make regulation more effective. In this issue, we look at two recent reports we have published which add to this body of evidence.

Our overview report highlights how accredited registers offer opportunities to help a stretched national health and care service, but we also call for more government backing to make sure members of  the public look out for its quality mark. We have been out and about again: in Glasgow at NHS Scotland 2017 and running a workshop at Health+Care. We also explain the benefits of networking and sharing good practice through the Accredited Registers Collaborative.

Renata Drinkwater, one of the Authority’s Board members, explains why focusing on public protection is so important in today’s rapidly changing health and social care sector. Renata also highlights some of the changes and challenges she sees on the healthcare front line in her role as a Non-Executive Director of an acute hospital trust.

The Hong Kong government has just announced the first professions to be accredited in a scheme modelled on the Authority’s accredited registers programme.



Our regular round-up from the regulators – including new and revised standards, calls for views and a consultation, as well as new guidance on returning to practice, and what professionalism means.

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