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Right-touch regulation in practice: international perspectives

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In Right-touch regulation in practice10 contributors (including from organisations in Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand, as well as the UK) share their experiences of using right-touch regulation to inform their thinking, policies and practice. They set out the interesting and varied ways in which different regulators in different sectors and in different countries have applied right-touch regulation to their particular problems and challenges. Our authors show that right-touch regulation is complementary to other values-based approaches, and that it can act as a catalyst for organisational change within regulators.


Performance reviews are carried out throughout the year and the reports are published as and when each report is finalised. The schedule for 2018/19 gives deadlines for sharing your experience about each regulator and when their review will start. The deadline for the Nursing and Midwifery Council's next review is 29 March 2019 so please get in touch if you would like to share your feedback.

Our most recent performance review published is for the General Osteopathic Council. You can read the full report or a summary in our two-page snapshot for more information.

NMC Lessons Learned Review

We have now published our lessons learned Review looking at how the NMC handled concerns about midwives' fitness to practise at Furness General Hospital. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care asked us to carry out this review in May 2017. The terms of reference are available here.

Accredited Registers

The Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) has confirmed its intent to renew accreditation. Please Share Your Experience of the ACP with us by 19 April 2019.

The Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) has confirmed its intent to renew accreditation. Please Share Your Experience of the ACC with us by 9 April 2019.

COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) has confirmed its intent to renew accreditation. Please Share Your Experience of COSCA with us by 4 April 2019.

The UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP) is the latest register to be accredited and can now use the Accredited Registers' quality mark. 
Our joint report with the Royal Society for Public Health – Untapped Resources: Accredited Registers in the Wider Workforce – looks at how nearly 80,000 health professionals on accredited registers can make a significant contribution to promoting and protecting the public's health.
We are running a social media campaign to raise awareness about checking that practitioners who provide complementary therapies are on accredited registers. Take a look at our 8 things to check before having complementary therapy.

The Academy for Healthcare Science's accreditation has been extended to its newly launched Life Science Industry Credentialing Register, which provides a quality assured form of recognition for LSI representatives to access appropriate areas within NHS settings. 

Policy and research

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Our most recent research published looks at progress made by the professional regulators to embed the professional duty of candour in their registrants. Read more about it in Telling patients the truth when something goes wrong or see a summary of key findings in this infographic.

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Our recent academic and research conference asked the question 'What is it to be a good regulator?' The conference took place on 7-8 March 2019 and we will publish the presentations and a highlights video soon.

In our annual report for 2017/18, we take the opportunity to look back at what has been achieved in professional regulation over the last 10 years. We also provide our usual overview of how well the regulators and accredited registers we oversee have been performing. You can read the full report, a shorter highlights report, or key facts and stats for our work reviewing the regulatorsimproving regulation and accrediting registers.

We have published policy advice commissioned by the Scottish Government looking at the implications if a healthcare occupation is regulated in fewer than all four UK countries. We have published research we commissioned looking at Sexual behaviours between health and care practitioners: where does the boundary lie?