The Authority intends to hold a strategic review of the Accredited Registers programme this year. It is the first comprehensive review of the programme since its creation in 2012.
It is anticipated that this will be a rapid review with preliminary options agreed by late summer.
The Authority’s Board has agreed the terms of reference. They are as follows:
- To consider to what extent the programme has achieved the aim for it, set out in Enabling Excellence and the Health and Social Care Act 2012, and if not, why not.
- To identify funding options to achieve financial sustainability.
- To consider the scope of the programme and whether the Authority’s criteria for inclusion or exclusion of occupations are sound.
- To identify how the Accredited Registers programme might achieve the traction it needs so that more benefit from the assurance it provides.
- To make recommendations for the future shape of the Accredited Registers programme.
Contributions from interested parties will be invited. The Authority will release further information about this in due course.
Christine Braithwaite, Director of Standards and Policy
Notes to the Editor
- The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees 10 statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
- 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.
- We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
- 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.
- 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.
- Our values are – integrity, transparency, respect, fairness and teamwork – and we strive to ensure that they are at the core of our work.
- More information about our work and the approach we take is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk