Regulation reform for healthcare professionals

Regulation reform for healthcare professionals
11 June 2021
The Chief Scientific Officer invites members to take part in this DHSC consultation.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is seeking views on proposals to reform the regulation of healthcare professionals and to introduce statutory regulation of physician and anaesthesia associates.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on Wednesday 16 June 2021.

The UK model of regulation for healthcare professionals is rigid and complex and needs to change to better protect patients and service users, support our health services and to help the workforce meet future challenges.

This consultation seeks views on proposals to modernise the legislation of the healthcare professional regulators. The proposals have been developed in partnership with the professional regulatory bodies, the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care and tested with key stakeholders across the health and care system.

The proposed reforms cover four key areas. These are: 

  • Governance and Operating Framework
  • Education and Training
  • Registration
  • Fitness to practise

The consultation also seeks views on the proposed approach to introducing statutory regulation for physician associates and anaesthesia associates.

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