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Our performance reviews

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 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.

We have recently introduced a new approach to how we review the regulators. This follows two consultations carried out in 2021. You can find out more about the consultations here.

How do we carry out our reviews?

Read our short guide which provides an overview of our review process. Basically, over a 12 month period, we gather and analyse evidence for each regulator to see if they have met our Standards of Good Regulation. The Standards describe the outcomes we expect regulators to achieve for their four regulatory functions: guidance and standards, education and training, registration, and fitness to practise, as well as a set of general standards.

We have recently changed our review process, moving from annual reviews to a three-year cycle. This represents a more targeted approach whereby we review a regulator in detail once every three years (a 'periodic review'). In the other two years of the cycle, we continue to monitor the work of the regulator, along with any concerns we have and risks that emerge.

You can find out more about the Standards of Good Regulation as well as the evidence we look at as part of our review process. You can also read our latest reports opposite or find all of them in our performance review reports page.

It is important for us to hear from people about how the regulators are performing - individuals and organisations alike. If you have any experience of contacting or working with a regulator, please share this with us. Your feedback can help us to ask the right questions of the regulators and informs us about risks we might otherwise not be ware of. Find out more here.

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Reviewing the regulators in practice

Find out more about how our work reviewing the regulators' performance contributes to protecting the public in this short case study