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Reform of regulation ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to protect patients and support professionals says Authority

The Professional Standards Authority (the Authority) welcomes the government’s announcement of its consultation Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation.

The Authority urges people to get involved and respond.

Harry Cayton, chief executive said: ‘This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to improve regulation so that it properly protects patients and supports professionals to do the right thing. Regulation is holding back innovation and is out of step with modern healthcare needs and workforce demands. We have been calling for reform for a long time.’

‘Regulation is not about red tape – it is fundamentally about people, life and death. It doesn’t get more interesting than that.’

We explained why we think regulation needs reforming in our paper Regulation rethought. Watch out for our latest thinking to be published shortly.

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Christine Braithwaite, Director Standards and Policy
Reception: 020 7389 8030

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 insufficient to protect the public and it is in the public interest.
  3. The Standards of Good Regulation are designed to ensure that the regulators are protecting the public but also promoting confidence in health and care professionals and themselves. The Standards cover the regulators’ four core functions: setting and promoting guidance and standards for the profession; setting standards for and quality assuring the provision of education and training; maintaining a register of professionals; and taking action where a professional’s fitness to practise may be impaired.
  4. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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