Modern and efficient fitness to practise adjudication
September 2011 advice to the Secretary of State.
We were asked by the Secretary of State to provide advice on modernising and improving the efficiency of fitness to practise adjudication among the health professional regulators. This followed the decision by the Government not to proceed with the establishment of the Office of the Health Professions Adjudicator (OHPA).
We concluded that although adjudication has moved on since 2004, a number of issues are present today. There remains a strong sense of inconsistency in outcomes both within and between regulators. Good practice is not consistently demonstrated. People who raise a concern to a professional regulator find the process stressful and daunting. There remains confusion about the purpose of fitness to practise. We made a number of recommendations to the regulators, to the Law Commission and to ourselves.