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Professional Standards Authority publishes its Annual Report

The Authority has today published its annual report. The report was laid before Parliament on 27 June 2019 and fulfils our duty to report to Parliament on our own performance; and the performance of the health and care professional regulators and accredited registers we oversee.

The report highlights key areas of our work in 2018/19, including:

  • Scrutinising the regulators’ final fitness to practise determinations and appealing any final decisions we believe to be insufficient to protect the public
  • Reviewing the performance of the nine health and care professional regulators
  • Our oversight of the accredited registers programme and continuing in our efforts to increase awareness of the programme
  • The publication of our lessons learned review of how the NMC handled complaints against midwives at Furness General Hospital
  • Holding our sixth academic conference and publishing two key pieces of research on duty of candour and sexual behaviours between colleagues. In September 2018, we published Right-touch regulation in practice: international perspectives.

The regulators have generally performed well against our Standards of Good Regulation. In the interests of continuing improvement, we have amended these Standards during 2018/19 and will be working with the regulators on implementing them during 2019/20.

We also await the publication of the Government’s response to the consultation on regulatory reform, which will hopefully provide the opportunities to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of regulation.

Alan Clamp, Chief Executive said: ‘2018/19 has been a very productive year for the Authority. I would like to thank the staff for their expertise, professionalism and commitment to protecting patients and the public.’

You can download the full report, the highlights or see some of our key statistics for the year.


Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care


Christine Braithwaite

Director, Policy and Standards


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 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