Professional Regulatory press releases - July 2015
GOC consults on voluntary code of practice for online contact lens suppliers
(General Optical Council 03.08.15)
The GOC has today launched a consultation on a voluntary code of practice for online contact lens suppliers to make it safer for people to buy contact lenses online. The draft code of practice is designed to improve the practice of online contact lens suppliers and encourage people who buy online to have regular aftercare appointments and eye examinations.
Proposed changes to General Osteopathic Council Constitution
(Department of Health 31.07.15)
This consultation closes at 25 September 2015 11:45pm it seeks views on the proposed changes to the governance of the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
ADR trial nearing completion with two-thirds of cases referred
(Royal College of Veterinarian Surgeons 29.07.15)
Our alternative dispute resolution (ADR) trial, launched at the end of last year, is now nearing completion with over two-thirds of its target number of cases either resolved or in process.
The year-long trial, which began in November 2014, aims to gather the evidence needed to develop a permanent scheme which would provide a way of adjudicating on concerns raised about a veterinary surgeon that do not meet our threshold of serious professional misconduct.
GMC sets new standards for medical education and training
(General Medical Council 30.07.15)
A new single set of standards promoting excellence and patient safety has been launched by the General Medical Council (GMC).
The standards cover both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and are designed to put patient safety, quality of care, and fairness at the heart of the training received by both medical students and doctors.
CQC responds to NAO report on progress
(Care Quality Commission 22.07.15)
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has welcomed the National Audit Office's report out today (Wednesday 22 July), which examines how it has developed and introduced its improved way of regulating providers of health and adult social care in England.
CILEx appoints chief operating officer
(Chartered Institute of Legal Executives 21.07.15)
The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has today announced the appointment of its new chief operating officer, Linda Ford, who will take up the post on 24 August. Linda, who is currently head of the Education and Standards Directorate at the General Optical Council (GOC), will focus on implementing CILEx’s business plan through the efficient and effective delivery of existing and new products and services, professional schemes and qualifications.
Review of midwifery regulation
The Secretary of State for Health in England announced on 16 July that the government will change the legislation governing our regulation of midwives. The main effect of the changes will be to take supervision out of our regulatory legislation. This is a change that we requested following a number of critical incidents and independent reports confirming that the current arrangements are not appropriate for public protection. The changes will make sure that, as the regulator, we are responsible for all regulatory decisions regarding midwives.
NMC response to Secretary of State’s statement
(NMC press release 16.7.15)
Responding to today’s announcement by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, that supervision would no longer be part of our legislation, and the need for greater openness and transparency in the NHS, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Jackie Smith said:
“We fully welcome this announcement. In the interests of public protection and patient safety, the regulator must be in control of regulation carried out in its name. This is what the public would expect from modern healthcare regulation."
Response to review of neglect of older people living in care homes – Operation Jasmine
(Nursing and Midwifery Council 14.07.15)
We have responded to the report, “In search of accountability: A review of the neglect of older people living in care homes investigated as Operation Jasmine”
Regulatory Return 2014/2015
(Council for Licensed Conveyancers 14.07.15)
All CLC-regulated practices have until Friday 31st July to complete the CLC's Regulatory Return 2014/2015.
Teacher misconduct: forthcoming professional conduct hearings
(National College for Teaching and Leadership 14.07.15)
List of forthcoming professional conduct hearings for teacher misconduct cases.
OPG publishes standards for deputies
On Monday 6 July, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) introduced new deputy standards to support and supervise professional and public authority deputies.
FRC feedback statement on Joint Forum on Actuarial Regulation: A risk perspective
(Financial Reporting Council 13.07.15)
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has today published a feedback statement on the discussion paper, ‘Joint Forum on Actuarial Regulation: A risk perspective’, which sought views on the Joint Forum on Actuarial Regulation’s (JFAR) identification of risks to the public interest where actuarial work is relevant.
Local Government lawyer David Edwards takes helm at CILEx
(Chartered Legal Executive 13.07.15)
David Edwards FCILEx became the 52nd President of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) on Friday at a ceremony at Hatfield House. David’s legal career spans 40 years and he is now the principal Chartered Legal Executive for St Albans City & District Council. His new role as CILEx President, representing 20,000 members, including 7,500 Chartered Legal Executive lawyers, will run to July next year.
Regulator consults on what could be the most sweeping reforms to Bar training in a generation; keen to seek views from all
(Bar Standards Board 10.07.15)
The BSB consultation paper launched today considers the strengths and weaknesses in the current academic (law degree or conversion course), vocational (Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and pupillage stages of training required to become a barrister.