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Are prohibition order schemes feasible for unregulated health and care workers?

Today the Professional Standards Authority (the Authority) has published an initial evaluation of the benefits and limitations of using prohibition order schemes for unregulated health and care workers in the UK.

The Department of Health asked for advice on prohibition order schemes for groups of health and care practitioners which do not currently fall under either a statutory regulator or an accredited register.

The report explains:

  • what prohibition order schemes are;
  • looks at them in the context of UK health and social care; and
  • brings together key findings and conclusions.

The report concludes that there may be a place for prohibition order schemes in the regulatory framework for health and social care in the UK, where there is a clearly identified problem and where risks have been thoroughly assessed. This is in line with our right-touch approach to health and social care regulation. Proportionate means should be used to manage the risks presented by groups who work in health and social care. Statutory regulation is not always the best way of managing these risks and we encourage an approach which considers other options. Prohibition order schemes are one such alternative to statutory regulation.

You can read the full report on our website.


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