Managing extended practice: Is there a place for ‘distributed regulation’?
July 2010 advice to the Secretary of State
This report looks at how regulators manage risks when health professionals extend their practice, either into areas overseen by other regulators or into currently unregulated areas. The report identified two main risks associated with this kind of extended practice: professionals being unclear as to the standards they should be working to; and regulators not being equipped to manage fitness to practise issues in these areas. We concluded that these potential risks could be managed through existing means, rather than by introducing a proposed model of ‘distributed regulation’.