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Welcome to this edition of The Standard

We published our first report using the methodology we have developed in Right-touch assurance when Health Education England asked us to advise on the most appropriate form of assurance for the role of sonographer.

Welcome to this double edition of The Standard, combining our news from over the summer just as we go into autumn. At the beginning of July we published our annual report and accounts for 2018/19. You can find out more about our highlights for the year or see some of our key statistics in this edition. We also welcomed the Government's response to its consultation on regulatory reform, though did caution about the need to have increased accountability if regulators have more flexibility to make and amend their own rules.

Three of our recent appeals have now been resolved: two involved doctors - one who had administered anti-psychotic drugs to his wife without her knowledge; the other involved a doctor who lied to his patient about a mistake during an operation. We have also been busy publishing performance reviews and piloting the new Standards of Good Regulation.

Despite it being the summer holiday period, we have had a flurry of activity publishing six reports  over the last few months. These included reports resulting from the Williams Review into gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare, a literature review on decision-making in private and our annual report for 2018/19.

Ten registers have successfully renewed their accreditation and we have one new application from the International Federation of Aromatherapists. We are also continuing to raise awareness about the gap in the safeguarding legislation, which currently restricts the accredited registers’ access to information.

Have you missed any of our blogs? Catch up here. Our Director of Scrutiny and Quality and Policy Manager recap some of the main points of discussion at a Faculty of Advocates event in Edinburgh which posed some interesting questions around public interest and fitness to practise.


Our regular round-up from the regulators, including their current consultations with details and deadlines, including consultations from the new regulator of social workers in England.

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