Consultation on professional regulation and protecting the public

The Department of Health and Social Care is consulting widely on the future of regulation and the SoR will be formally responding

Published: 27 April 2021 SoR

The rationale for this important and wide ranging consultation is provided below:

‘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. 

The consultation document can be found at: Regulating healthcare professionals, protecting the public'.

SoR Members are invited to forward any comments they would like to make on the consultation to Nigel Thomson, Professional Officer, at [email protected]

It would be greatly appreciated if responses could be directly linked to the particular question asked in the consultation and the number of the question clearly identified. Even if only a few questions of particular relevance to a member are answered it will help us in formulating the final SCoR response. 

Please send responses before 1st June 2021 so that they can contribute to the overall SoR response. It is also possible to respond to the consultation directly as an individual if preferred.