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Oversight of Nursing Associates: the Professional Standards Authority publishes its interim report


Today the Professional Standards Authority (the Authority) has published its advice to the Department of Health on oversight of Nursing Associates.

As part of our assessment of the role, we applied our new methodology Right-touch assurancean evidence-based process for assessing the risks of harm in an occupation or profession, and the appropriate level of assurance needed to mitigate them.

Although we had insufficient information and time to come to a definitive conclusion, in this case, we consider that the exercise has demonstrated that the model for assessing occupational risk that we have developed is robust and has the potential to provide objective information to those making decisions about appropriate levels of assurance for different occupations.

Our recommendation to register, but not yet regulate the role is a pragmatic response to a role that is not yet fully defined or tested. Our report also summarises the additional evidence we will need to finalise our assessment as well as outlining some of the methods of assurance that could be considered for the role when there is more clarity around its scope. 


Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care


Christine Braithwaite, Director of Standards and Policy

Reception: 020 7389 8030


Notes to the Editor

1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (previously known as the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence) 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 wellbeing 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