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Academic conference 2019  highlights thumbnailWhat is it to be a good regulator? This is the question we asked at our latest Academic and Research conference. Watch the highlights or read through the presentations.

Our most recent performance review published is for the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Find out how many of the Standards of Good Regulation they have met - you can read the full report or see a summary in our two-page snapshot.

Clued up on cosmetic procedures? We are supporting the government's new campaign to raise awareness. Find out more about how to choose a practitioner for a cosmetic procedure or use our Check-a-Practitioner tool to check. Follow #clueduponcosmeticprocedures to keep updated.


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 General Dental Council's next review is 14 June 2019 so please get in touch if you would like to share your feedback.

Our most recent performance review published is for the Nursing and Midwifery CouncilYou can read the full report or a summary in our two-page snapshot for more information.

Piloting the new Standards of Good Regulation

Following the two consultations we ran, our Board agreed the revised Standards in November 2018. We are now ready to pilot them. During the pilot phase, the current Standards will still be in use. The revised Standards of Good Regulation have been rationalised and reduced. The plan now is to pilot these Standards and introduce them for our 2019/20 performance review cycle. Find out more about the revised Standards and the pilot.


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 UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy (UKBHC) has confirmed its intent to renew accreditation. Please share your experience of the UKBHC’s register with us by 4 June 2019.

The UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP) has confirmed its intent to renew accreditation. Please share your experience of the UKAHPP’s register with us by 24 May 2019. 

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.

Policy and research

Hot topics 

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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.

Have you read our latest blogs?

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.

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?