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PSA publishes: ‘Making care safer for all: a manifesto for change’

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has today published its priorities to help the next UK government deliver better and safer care for all. 

Making care safer for all - a manifesto for change 2024 outlines the PSA’s recommendations to government to help tackle some of the big challenges within health and social care.  It also outlines what professional regulation is doing to make care safer and calls for government to support regulators to allow them to do more to help.

Key recommendations include for government to:

  • Prioritise work to modernise the powers of the healthcare professionals regulators
  • Ensure that public inquiries and reviews result in lessons learned and acted upon
  • Develop a regulatory strategy to support delivery of the NHS Long-Term Workforce Plan and manage risks to safety and public confidence
  • Take steps to enhance professional development and accountability of senior managers in the NHS
  • Support robust action within health and care to address discrimination in the workplace.  

Alan Clamp, PSA Chief Executive said:

‘The next UK government will face many challenges within health and social care - including fixing the safety gaps in our healthcare system, tackling the health and care workforce crisis and improving workplace culture in health and care.’

 ‘Professional regulation is just one part of the safety system, but with the right support from government it can do much more to help tackle these big issues and deliver better and safer care for all.’


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.
  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 oversee the Accredited Registers programme: setting standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accrediting 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 – integrity, transparency, respect, fairness and teamwork – and we strive to ensure that they are at the core of our work.
  7. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at