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Rethinking regulation

06 Aug 2015 | Professional Standards Authority
  • Thought Leadership

In this paper, the Authority argues that regulation needs a radical overhaul if it is to support rather than stand in the way of the serious changes being proposed for our health and care services.

The report explains why regulation isn't fit for purpose now and needs to be reformed so that it better supports professionals providing health and care. It argues that regulation of professionals cannot be changed in isolation but must take account of the places in which they work. It calls for deregulation, less regulation and better regulation. Rethinking regulation makes a series of recommendations intended to reshape how regulation works so that it is able to face the challenges of the future. These include:

  • Shared objectives for system and professional regulators
  • Transparent benchmarking to set standards
  • A rebuilding of trust between professionals, the public and regulators
  • A reduced scope of regulation so it focuses on what works
  • A proper risk assessment model
  • To place real responsibility where it lies with the people who manage and deliver care.