The Professional Standards Authority’s report was yesterday laid before the UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly Government and Northern Ireland Assembly.
The Authority reports that the regulators have generally continued to fulfill their statutory functions and are focused on public protection. All of the regulators are performing well or adequately against most of the 24 Standards of good regulation.
Three of the regulators have met all 24 of the Standards of Good Regulation. All regulators are more engaged with patients, registrants and the wider debate on public protection.
We have noted several improvements made by the regulators since last year’s report and details of those are set out in the individual section of the report for each regulator. We are pleased to note improvement in the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s performance which now meets four more Standards than it did in 2013/14.
We have identified continuing concerns about the performance of some regulators regarding their fitness to practise functions. Our concerns include:
- Two of the regulators did not meet the Standard requiring them to ensure that their fitness to practise process is transparent, fair, proportionate and focused on public protection.
- Three of the regulators did not meet the Standard that requires them to ensure their fitness to practise cases are progressed without undue delay.
- Three of the regulators did not meet the Standard that requires them to ensure that all fitness to practise decisions are well reasoned, protect the public and maintain confidence in regulated professions.
We will be following up our findings and will expect the regulators to demonstrate to us in next year’s review that they have remedied their performance in the areas we highlight in our report.
Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Authority said, ‘We are pleased to report that the regulators are generally protecting the public well. It is especially pleasing to see the overall improvement in the NMC’s performance since our Strategic Review over two years ago. We urge the regulators to continue to improve, especially in fitness to practise and registration and we look forward to reporting on their progress and further improvements next year.’