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Policy Advice

Here you will find policy advice we have developed for governments, regulators and others.

Managing extended practice: Is there a place for ‘distributed regulation’?

In our July 2010 advice to the Secretary of State we outline how thinking around ‘extended practice’ has evolved, identifying the risks associated with the extension of practice and assessing how regulators currently deal with these circumstances.

Maximising the contribution of regulatory bodies’ registers to public protection

Our February 2010 good practice report makes recommendations on the features of a good online register, including fitness to practise information, navigation and presentation, search features and glossaries.

Sharing outcomes of student fitness to practise committees

In this February 2010 good practice report, the Professional Standards Authority makes recommendations on handling outcomes of student fitness to practise committees, following a finding in the 2008/2009 Performance Review report.

Protecting the public from unregistered practitioners

For this February 2010 good practice report we consulted the nine health professional regulators to understand the size and scope of title misuse, barriers preventing regulators tackling title misuse, including prosecution, and how these may be overcome.

Handling complaints: sharing the registrant’s response with the complainant

December 2009 good practice report arising from a finding in the 2008/2009 Performance Review which found there was variation across the regulators about sharing the registrant’s response to a complaint with the complainant.

Regulators’ role in providing high-quality care to people with disabilities

Our December 2009 advice to the Secretary of State describes how health professional regulators can influence the standards of healthcare experienced by people with disabilities and meet this duty.

Patient data misuse and the health professional regulators

August 2009 advice to the Secretary of State about the current codes of conduct for the regulated healthcare professions around data misuse.

Advanced Practice: Report to the four UK Health Departments

July 2009 advice to Secretary of State

How regulators quality assure education

June 2009 advice to the Secretary of State on the process for quality assurance of undergraduate health programmes by the nine healthcare professional regulators.

Health conditions at registration

June 2009 advice to the Secretary of State providing advice on the use and purpose of the health professional regulatory bodies’ requirements regarding registrants’ health.

Did you know?

We publish a range of publications. In addition to policy advice, we publish discussion papers to promote and provoke discussion. We also carry out and commission research and publish the results. Find out more about the key themes and current topics we are focusing on:

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