Why are we holding a consultation?
For the first time since its introduction, we are carrying out a thorough review of the effectiveness of the Accredited Registers programme.
Following widescale changes in the health and social care systems over the last decade, we’ve been taking stock to assess if the programme – as it currently operates – is fulfilling its potential and meeting its original aims.
We think that fundamental change is required to enable the programme to achieve the greater recognition by patients, service users and employers that is needed for it to be effective.
This consultation is your chance to tell us what you think.
What does this consultation focus on?
The main themes of the consultation are:
- How should we determine which occupations should be included in the scope of the programme?
- Should we consider the effectiveness of occupations in decisions about accreditation?
- Should there be greater consistency of standards of competence across Accredited Registers, in particular for individual occupations?
- Should we take into account proportionality and risk?
What is our ambition for the future of the programme?
We think the programme should:
Support the delivery of NHS healthcare and social care workforce plans in England, NI, Scotland and Wales. This includes a greater contribution to personalised care for patients and to the Covid-19 recovery in health and social care. The pandemic has highlighted the need for greater integration of health and social care, and of the value of mental health care delivered by unregulated roles.
- Become a requirement for employers using healthcare practitioners in unregulated roles in the UK, and social care in unregulated roles in England
- Support innovation and be able to respond quickly to change. This is an advantage that voluntary assurance has above statutory regulation.
We recognise that achieving this will require us to take a phased approach to change. Our consultation tests proposals for changes in 2021, and of the principles that will underpin the more fundamental changes we will seek to make from 2022 onwards.
You can find out more details about the current programme here