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Regulators

Our Lessons Learned Review of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) handling of Morecambe Bay midwives’ cases is underway. We expect the review to take about six months to complete. You can read the Terms of Reference for the Review for more details.

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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 Pharmaceutical Council is 23 February 2018.

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Our most recent performance review published is for the General Dental Council. You can find out how they are meeting our Standards of Good Regulation by reading the full report or a summary in our two-page snapshot.

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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

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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We are currently assessing applications for accreditation from The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), The Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) and the UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP).

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The latest register to achieve accreditation is the  UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy's register which brings the total registers accredited up to 24.

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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 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 will take place on 8-9 March. The conference will focus on fitness to practise and will be organised in collaboration with Professor Tim David from the University of Manchester. Please get in touch with Douglas Bilton for more details. Watch highlights from last year's conference.

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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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