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Consultation on our approach to reviewing the regulators: follow-up consultation

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This consultation has now closed

Why are we consulting on how we carry out our performance reviews?

This consultation

We last reviewed the performance review process in 2014/15, and implemented our current process in 2016. We decided to revisit our approach last year, to ensure it continues to be proportionate and effective.

This is our second consultation on this work. In this consultation, we are seeking feedback on three key areas:

  • Moving from an annual process to one where we look in detail periodically, with ongoing monitoring in between to maintain our oversight
  • Our proposals for setting this period as a three-year cycle
  • The factors we will consider when determining whether we need to look in more depth at a regulator’s performance.

We expect that these proposals will enable us to more effectively focus our resources on areas where we identify risks to public protection.

We are seeking views on our proposals. We would welcome your response to the consultation by 21 December 2021. Please submit your response to

The previous consultation

We carried out a public consultation between December 2020 and March 2021. In response to the feedback we received, we will be:

  • Doing more work in year, with the aim of publishing our reports much sooner after the end of the period on which we are reporting
  • Engaging with a broader range of stakeholders
  • Making our reports clearer and more concise and, where appropriate, include proportionate recommendations
  • Developing our understanding of risk including profession-specific risks and use this to inform the scope of our reviews.

You can find out  more about the results of that consultation in our report.

How to respond

You can read the full consultation document here in in English or Welsh. We have also made available a summary of the questions in Word with space for answers. These are also available in English and Welsh.

The deadline for responding is 21 December 2021. Please submit your response to

What is the performance review process?

The performance review is our check on how well the regulators have been protecting the public and promoting confidence in health and care professionals and themselves. We do this by assessing their performance against our Standards of Good Regulation. We publish a report about each regulator every year. Our performance review is important because:

  • it tells everyone how well the regulators are doing
  • it helps the regulators improve, as we identify strengths and things to improve and recommend changes.

Find out more about how we do this in this short explainer.


The consultation

You can download the consultation pdf here:

The deadline for responding is 21 December 2021. There is also a summary available of the questions in Word where you can input your answers directly. This is available in English and Welsh.

Previous consultation

You can find out  more about the consultation we held earlier in the year on reforming our review process. You can download the consultation pdf here:

Find out more about our performance reviews

Read our case study to find out how our reviews of the 10 regulators we oversee contribute to public protection.

Performance reviews

You can read all our latest performance reviews here.

What are the Standards of Good Regulation?

Find out more about our Standards - we use these to assess the regulators' performance.

How do we carry out our reviews?

Find out more about how we currently approach our reviews of the regulators.

Who are the 10 regulators?

Find out more about the 10 regulators we oversee, what they do and who they register.