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The Authority announces its new chief executive

Alan Clamp has been appointed as the Professional Standards Authority’s new Chief Executive and will take over the role from Harry Cayton on 1 November 2018.
Alan has been Chief Executive of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) since 2015. His previous roles include four years as Chief Executive of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA); leading Ofsted’s Research and Analysis Division; and Programme Director for the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency.
Announcing the appointment, George Jenkins Chairman of the Professional Standards Authority welcomed Alan and the wide regulatory skills and experience he brings to the role, ‘Alan will join the Board and lead the Authority team to further develop regulation in our drive to protect the public in a changing and challenging UK health and social care sector.’
Alan Clamp said,
‘I am delighted to be joining the Professional Standards Authority. It will be a privilege to serve as the Chief Executive and I look forward to working with a team of committed and expert colleagues on the current and future priorities for the organisation.
‘The Authority plays a vital role in protecting the public by raising standards in the registration and regulation of people working in health and social care. The challenges in the health sector have never been greater and I hope to be able to bring my previous experience in regulation to benefit patients and the public.’
Harry Cayton will remain with the Authority into October. The appointment of Alan Clamp was made by the Chair and non-executive members of the Authority’s Board following open competition.


Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
Contact: 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. 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