Our policy work covers a broad range of issues across the regulation of health and social care professions. We carry out work when we are asked to look at a particular problem and give our advice.
Right-touch regulation describes the approach we adopt in the work we do. We encourage others to adopt it too. It means understanding the problem before jumping to the solution.
Five years ago we asked, ‘what evidence is there that regulation works?’ We found little research had been done and so we began working with researchers and regulators to gather evidence.
We develop standards for regulators and accredited registers to meet and encourage them to develop good practice. We use them when we review the performance of regulators and accredit registers.
We consult the public about our work. For example, when we develop standards or make changes to our performance reviews we publish consultations here. You can also read our responses to other people's consultations.
We give assurance to Parliament about the work of the regulators and registers we oversee. We also provide advice to Ministers about health and care regulation and other matters related to the workforce.