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Regulators

In May 2017 the Secretary of State asked us to carry out a lessons learned review of the NMC. The terms of reference for our review are available here. The review is still in progress. We have finished gathering evidence from the NMC and we are now completing our analysis. 

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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 Nursing and Midwifery Council is 20 April 2018.

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Our most recent performance reviews published are for the  General Medical Council and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland. You can find out how they are meeting our Standards of Good Regulation by reading the full reviews (for the GMC) and (for the PSNI) or a summary in our two-page snapshot GMC or PSNI.

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Find out what we have to say on reforming regulation, how the regulators are protecting the public and what accredited registers can offer for a stretched NHS in our annual review of professional regulation and registration or read a summary in our highlights report or key statistics for the year.

Accredited Registers

The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) is the latest register to be accredited and can now use the Accredited Registers' quality mark.

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We have published 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.

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We are currently assessing application for accreditation from the UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP).

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Annual reviews are happening throughout the year. You can view the latest decision and the annual review dates on the panel decisions page:

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If you have experience of any of these accredited registers and would like to share it – we would like to hear from you, just check the deadlines and get in touch.

Policy and research

We have launched our blog. Our first blog focuses on explaining professional healthcare regulation in the UK.

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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.

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