The Authority recognises the significant challenges faced by the education system and the exams regulator Ofqual in the face of Covid-19, the awarding of examination grades this summer and the need now to shape arrangements for examination and assessment in future. Dame Glenys Stacey is in a unique position, due to her experience, skills and familiarity with Ofqual, to lead that organisation at this difficult time. Dame Glenys will take on the role of acting Chief Regulator for Ofqual with immediate effect.
The Authority has therefore reluctantly accepted Dame Glenys' resignation as Chair of the Authority with effect from 31 August, to enable her to focus all her efforts on her role with the exams regulator at this time.
Dame Glenys said: 'It has been a privilege and a joy to chair the Authority. It has a critical role to play in protecting the public, and I have every confidence it will continue to apply itself assiduously to this important work.'
Alan Clamp, Chief Executive of the Authority, said: 'We recognise that this has been a difficult decision for Dame Glenys, but understand the importance of addressing the problems in the examination system. We would like to thank Glenys for her strong leadership over the last few months and wish her well for the future.'
The Authority will be putting in place, with immediate effect, Acting Chair arrangements pending further recruitment. Further details will be provided in due course.
Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
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