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Protecting the public - annual report published for 2017/18

In this year's report, 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. We push once again for regulatory reform as well as highlight issues and concerns we have identified as part of our oversight of the regulators, especially relating to fitness to practise. We also raise the issue that without more support, the accredited registers cannot reach its full potential. You can read the full report, a shorter highlights report, or key facts and stats for our work reviewing the regulators, improving regulation and accrediting registers.


Regulators

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.

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Performance reviews are continuing throughout the year and are published as and when each report is finalised. Our schedule for the 2017/18 performance review cycle is now available and you can find details of deadlines for sharing experience of each regulator. The deadline for sharing experience about the General Optical Council is 21 September 2018. and for the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland is 28 September 2018.

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Our most recent performance review published is for the Health and Care Professions Council. You can find out how it is meeting our Standards of Good Regulation by reading the full review or a summary in our two-page snapshot.

Accredited Registers

The UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP) is the latest register to be accredited and can now use the Accredited Registers' quality mark.

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We have begun the annual review of The Academy for Healthcare Science's accreditation. Please Share Your Experience of Save Face with us by 3 October 2018.

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We have begun the annual review of The Society of Homeopaths' accreditation. Please Share Your Experience of the Society with us by 30 October 2018.

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We have begun the annual review of Save Face Ltd's accreditation. Please Share Your Experience of Save Face with us by 2 October 2018.

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We have begun the annual review of the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT)'s accreditation. Please Share Your Experience of BASRaT with us by 24 September 2018.

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We have begun the annual review of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT)'s accreditation. Please Share Your Experience of the BAPT with us by 19 September 2018.

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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.

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After a successful campaign to raise awareness about checking practitioners who provide non-surgical cosmetic injections are on accredited registers, we have now turned our attention to foot health providers. Find out more about our top tips for safe foot care and treatment.

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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

Hot topics 

We are currently focusing our research on:

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We have launched our blog. Find out more about our insights into professional regulation.

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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?

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We have published our response to the Government's consultation on regulatory reform 'Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation'. Find out what we have to say in our response.

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Our 2018 Academic and Research Conference took place on 8-9 March.  More than 100 academics, policy makers, regulators and others came together to  focus on fitness to practise. The conference was organised in collaboration with Professor Tim David from the University of Manchester. Watch the highlights or you can read through the presentations here.

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We have now published Right-touch reform. The third in our series of publications about the need for regulatory reform which should assist people responding to the government consultation on reform of professional regulation. Our previous two publications are:  Regulation rethought and Rethinking regulation. We also published our paper on assessing the risk of harm Right touch assurance - a methodology for assessing and assuring occupational risk of harm.

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We have published ground-breaking research funded by us and led by Professor Rosalind Searle. By analysing thousands of fitness to practise determinations from our database, Professor Searle and her team identify three types of perpetrators of professional misconduct and provide further insights into sexual misconduct and dishonesty. Find out more in Bad apples? Bad barrels? Or bad cellars? Antecedents and processes of professional misconduct in UK health and social care.