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The Authority publishes review of regulation and registration for 2015-16

Press release

30 June 2016

The Professional Standards Authority annual report was today laid before the UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly Government and Northern Ireland Assembly.

The Authority’s report provides an overview of health professional regulation and registration for 2015-16 as well as the Authority’s annual report and accounts. Its purpose is to report to Parliament and the public on the performance of the health and care professional regulators and in one report, to draw out general themes in professional regulation and also reflect on the performance of the accredited registers programme and the way that the occupational registers are meeting the standards for accreditation.

The Authority’s new performance review process, introduced in early 2016, means that we now publish separate reviews for all nine regulators. So when we complete a regulator’s review we can publish it without delay.

Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Authority said, ‘This new approach to performance reviews reflects our thinking around right-touch regulation. It is risk-based - helping us to concentrate on the areas where we believe a regulator may be at risk of not meeting one or more of our Standards.’

In the report, we outline a number of initiatives taken by the regulators during the last year to improve public protection and patient safety. Failure to hold adequate indemnity insurance, dishonesty, duty of candour and continuing fitness to practise are just some of the topics we touch upon. We also provide an update on the accredited registers programme. The programme now includes 21 registers, covering 70,000 practitioners in 27 different health and care professions.

You can read the full report or have a glance through our year in statistics.


Christine Braithwaite, Director of Standards & Policy
DD: 0207 389 8039
Reception: 020 7389 8030

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Notes to the Editor

  1.  The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
  2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are unduly lenient and it is in the public interest.
  3. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
  4. We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
  5. We do this to promote the health, safety and well-being of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
  6. Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values.
  7. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at