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Authority publishes report on outcome of its performance review consultation

Revisiting our approach to reviewing regulators' performance

We decided to revisit our approach to our performance review process to ensure it continues to be proportionate and effective. As part of this, we carried out a public consultation between December 2020 and March 2021.

The responses were extremely helpful to us in formulating our proposals and we have now published the results of the consultation.

The report sets out the next steps and the key changes we will be making to the performance review process.

You can read the full report or a summary of the key statistics in this infographic.


Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care


Notes to the Editor

  1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees 10 statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK (General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Dental Council, General Pharmaceutical Council, General Optical Council, General Osteopathic Council, General Chiropractic Council, Health and Care Professions Council, Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and Social Work England).
  2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament.
  3. The performance review is our check on how well the regulators have been protecting the public and promoting confidence in health and care professionals and themselves. We do this by assessing their performance against our Standards of Good Regulation. We publish a report about each regulator every year. Our performance review is important because:
    • It tells everyone how well the regulators are doing
    • It helps the regulators improve, as we identify strengths and things to improve and recommend changes.
  4. 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.
  5. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Our values are – integrity, transparency, respect, fairness and teamwork – and we strive to ensure that they are at the core of our work.
  9. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at