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The Authority welcomes new Board member

The Authority is pleased that Professor Marcus Longley is joining its Board. The Board plays an important role in the Authority’s work – setting our strategic direction and approving our annual business plan and budget. Professor Longley will take the place of Ian Hamer OBE, who stands down after eight years’ service.

Professor Longley is Vice Chair of the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. He is also Professor of Applied Health Policy at the University of South Wales, and Director of the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care.

Harry Cayton, Chief Executive said: ‘I am really pleased that Professor Longley has joined our Board. His knowledge and experience will prove invaluable in what is promising to be a very interesting time for health and care regulation.’

You can find out about more Professor Longley from 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. The Authority’s Board are responsible for determining the overall policies that affect the way we carry out our business. They set our strategic direction and approval our annual business plan and budget. Our Board have different skills and backgrounds. They are not health or care professionals because the legislation under which we were set up does not allow anyone who has been a member of a profession that is regulated to sit on our Board.
  7. 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.
  8. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at