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Welcome to this edition of The Standard

Is change on the horizon? When it comes to reforming professional regulation, we certainly hope so. Only one week left to respond to the government consultation Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation.

Welcome to our Winter 2018 edition of 'The Standard'. In our first issue of 2018 we don't so much focus on new year's resolutions but the possibility of a new year's reformation. There is only a week left to respond to the government's consultation on reforming regulation. In this issue we outline how our special report - Right-touch reform can inform debate and discussion about regulatory reform. It provides a useful resource for anyone interested in responding to the consultation. It provides background, context and a detailed analysis of the current state of regulation and what needs to change to make it fit for purpose in the 21st century. Read more about it in our Research and policy update.

What did the regulators’ fitness to practise specialists identify as essential elements for an effective fitness to practise process?  We brought together senior fitness to practise colleagues for a seminar on ‘thresholds and seriousness’. We also have our usual update on recent appeals and Court judgments and performance reviews.

Only one week left to respond to the consultation on reforming professional regulation. Don’t miss out. ‘A once in a lifetime opportunity’ to protect patients and support professionals is how our Chief Executive, Harry Cayton, described it. We have been calling for reform for a long time and to make the most of this opportunity and encourage people to respond, we have produced a special report– Right-touch reform.


Improving the public’s health is going to be critical in reducing the burden on the UK’s healthcare and welfare system – Untapped resources looks at the role of the 80,000 practitioners on Accredited Registers in relation to promoting and protecting the public’s health (.. and what is stopping them). Our joint report with RSPH was published at the end October.

Kate Blake co-founder of the Edith Ellen Foundation tells us about the Foundation’s Kindness Audit and how it aims to identify, celebrate, share but most of all embed good practice in care.


Our regular round-up from the regulators, including their current consultations with details and deadlines.

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