Professional Regulatory press releases - July 2014

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Changing how the GMC decides on doctors’ fitness to practise

(Department of Health 31.07.14)

Seeks views on changes to the way the GMC decides on a doctors’ fitness to practise and the PSA’s power to refer cases to higher courts.

NHS performers list: changes to suspension regulations

(Department of Health 31.07.14)

Seeks views on proposed changes to how NHS England should respond when practitioners are suspended by an interim suspension order.

Evaluation helps hospital inspection development

(Care Quality Commission 30.07.14)

A report we have published today evaluates the first two waves of our new style hospital inspections.

The report covers inspections carried out in 18 hospital trusts between September 2013 and April 2014.

GOC adds expertise to committees

The General Optical Council (GOC) has bolstered its advisory expertise with the appointment of four new committee members. Following a successful recruitment campaign, the optical regulator has appointed two new members to its Companies Committee and one each to its Standards and Education committees.

NMC announce opening of new hearings centre

(Nursing and Midwifery 25.07.14)

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has today announced that a new hearings centre, based in Stratford London will open in November 2014.

The new hearings centre will replace the NMC’s 20 Old Bailey hearings centre at the expiry of its lease in November 2014. 

Statement on Actuarial Standards by IFoA and FRC confirms responsibility split between the two regulators is to continue

(Institute and Faculty of Actuaries 24.07.14)

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) have jointly published a Statement on Actuarial Standards. This document confirms and explains the standard-setting remit of both bodies following a review of their respective responsibilities for actuarial regulation, which was carried out in 2013. 

More providers to be inspected under new approach

(Care Quality Commission 23.07.14)

We have announced the next batch of acute, community healthcare and mental health providers to be inspected between October and December as part of our new approach.

The inspections –  which are carried out by a mixture of inspectors, clinicians, and experts by experience – will assess whether the service overall is: safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led.

Teacher misconduct: the prohibition of teachers

(Department for Education 22.07.14)

Departmental advice on how professional conduct hearing panels review teacher misconduct.  This advice provides information on the professional conduct panel decision-making criteria. The panels are held as a result of teacher disciplinary action and for the purpose of the regulation of teacher conduct.

Announcing the launch of a new quality systems resource for pharmacy

We are delighted to announce the launch of, a new online quality systems resource for pharmacy. Its purpose is to introduce quality systems and quality improvement, acting as a hub to the fantastic improvement resources of others, and as a platform for sharing pharmacy experiences in quality improvement.

HCPC registrants now require professional indemnity arrangements

(British and Orthoptic Society 18.7.14)

All Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registrants except social workers in England* must now have appropriate professional indemnity arrangements in place as a condition of registration. 

ACCA enjoys strong performance and is determined to build on successful year

(ACCA 14.07.14)

An increase of almost five per cent in member numbers has resulted in ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) achieving nearly 170,000 members in the past year. At the same time, the global body for professional accountants recorded 436,000 students, of which 384,000 - an increase of over 12,000 on the previous year - were studying for the ACCA Qualification for 2013-14.

Professional indemnity arrangements become a legal requirement

(Nursing and Midwifery Council 17.07.14)

The UK government has today introduced a new requirement for all healthcare professionals to hold appropriate cover under an indemnity arrangement, commencing July 2014.

By law, nurses and midwives must have in place an appropriate indemnity arrangement in order to practise and provide care. While the arrangement does not necessarily need to be individually held by the nurse or midwife, it is their responsibility to ensure that appropriate cover is in force.

RPS re-launches Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services

In light of the findings from the Francis Review of events at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has revisited and, today, has re-launched its Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services, originally published in 2012.

Highlights of the Council meeting held on 21 June 2014

Council held a scheduled meeting on 21 June 2014. 

The report of the Board for 2013 focused on the introduction of legal advisers to provide input to disciplinary and regulatory committees, the increased number of hearing days in 2013, the successful introduction of a case management system and ACCA’s relations with lead regulators.  

Our fundamental standards

(Care Quality Commission 08.07.14)

The regulations published today are an important part of the changes the Care Quality Commission is making to the way it inspects health and care services.

Review of the GCC's Fitness to Practice Cases

(General Chiropractic Council 04.07.14)

The GCC has just published an independent review of Fitness to Practice cases between 2010-2013. The Review provides, for the first time, an independent view of allegations made against chiropractors.

GDC publishes its own report into whistleblowing allegations

(GDC press release 4.7.14)

The General Dental Council (GDC) is seeking to clarify some keys points surrounding a whistleblowing investigation confirmed by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) in its annual Performance Review Report 2013/14.  The PSA is investigating claims raised by a whistleblower about some working practices relating to the GDC’s Investigating Committee (IC).

GPhC and RPS produce joint statement on using standards and guidance

The GPhC and RPS published a joint statement aimed at highlighting the importance of regulatory and professional standards and guidance as a way to protect patient safety and to promote responsibility and professionalism.  The joint statement explains that regulatory and professional standards have the same overarching purpose, to provide a framework that helps to ensure good care which is focused on patients.

GPhC publicises annual report 2013-14

(GPhC press release 3.7.14)

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) today publicised its fourth annual report 2013-14, covering its third full year in operation (April 2013 – March 2014).  

Key achievements this year include:

  • Putting the focus on improving pharmacy services by raising awareness of our standards for registered pharmacies and rolling out a new prototype inspection model.
  • Following the Francis Inquiry and other key reports, we have made sure there is a continued focus on patient care and compassion in pharmacy and we have improved our joint working to share information and communicate with other organisations to share feedback on risks and events appropriately.
  • Making further improvements in our operational performance, including fitness to practise procedures and our registration processes.
  • Developing new learning outcomes for the initial education and training of pharmacists.
  • Improving how equality and diversity are built into the way we operate.

GCC Welcomes the Professional Standards Authority Performance Review Report

(General Chiropractic Council 01.07.14)

The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) welcomes publication by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) of its Performance Review Report 2013/14.

The GCC is pleased to have met the PSA’s expectations in respect of our governance and standards and in respect of our education, training and registration functions. We also welcomed the PSA’s recognition that we have successfully addressed the issues that they raised with us in their 2012/13 report. 

GDC accepts need for improvement in Fitness to Practise

The General Dental Council (GDC) fully accepts the findings of the latest review of its performance by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) and has put in place measures to tackle the problems identified.

The PSA’s Performance Review Report 2013/14 was published on 27 June 2014 and can be read in full here.

Overall the PSA found that the GDC is meeting its statutory requirements.

GPhC an effective regulator according to PSA

(General Pharmaceutical Council 27.06.14)

The GPhC today welcomed the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)’s overall performance assessment which states that the GPhC has maintained its performance as an effective regulator.

According to the PSA’s annual performance review report 2013/14 the GPhC has continued to meet all the Standards of Good Regulation for guidance and standards; education and training; and registration.

GOC recognised as meeting all the Standards of Good Regulation

(General Optical Council 27.06.14)

The General Optical Council (GOC) has been recognised as ‘maintaining its performance as an effective regulator’ by the body which oversees its work. In its annual performance review of UK regulators, the Professional Standards Authority (the Authority) found that the GOC met all 24 of its Standards of Good Regulation during 2013/14.

NMC has “achieved improvements across each of its regulatory functions”

(Nursing and Midwifery Council 27.06.14)

Respons to the PSA performance review report

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) today welcome the annual Professional Standards Authority for health and social care (PSA) performance review report 2013 – 2014 [PDF] which reports that the NMC has “achieved improvements across each of its regulatory functions”.

GMC continues to meet professional standards and innovate

A review by the independent Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has found that the General Medical Council is meeting all the Standards of Good Regulation.

The work we do to protect patients and to help improve standards of medical care is complex and challenging. It is good to know that we are not only meeting those standards but also innovating in a number of key areas.

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the GMC

The PSA, which oversees professional health regulation in the UK, also highlights numerous examples of good practice by the GMC.

In its Performance Review Report 2013/14, published today, the PSA commends the GMC’s work to explain its guidance in practical terms, and to gather intelligence on the impact its work has on doctors, patients and employers.