Professional Regulatory press releases July and August 2016

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Key professional regulatory press releases for July and August 2016 include those from the: Bar Council, NMC, Law Society, BSB, GMC, HCPC, GDC, CIMA, CIPFA, GOsC and GOC.

New English language test requirements

(Nursing and Midwifery Council 28.06.16)

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is amending the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) requirements for nurses and midwives coming on to the register from overseas and within the European Economic Area. These changes will increase flexibility for applicants and ensure the appropriate standard of English language is still achieved.

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Changes to barristers’ CPD: BSB consultation about the rule changes is open 

(Bar Standards Board 29.06.16)

As announced back in April, a new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) regime for barristers on the Established Practitioner Programme will be in place from January 2017.

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CIMA and AICPA to form new association 

(CMA June 2016)

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), are joining forces to create a new association to represent the entire breadth of the accounting profession.


Open and honest with patients when something goes wrong

We have recently published guidance on the duty of candour​ for dental professionals. This guidance is intended to encourage dental professionals to apologise where a patients’ care has fallen below the standard they should expect.


GOC seeks views from Registrants

(GOC press release 06.7.16)

The General Optical Council (GOC) is seeking views from its registrants on its performance and the challenges faced by the optical professions. The 2016 Registrant Survey – conducted online by independent research company Enventure Research - is being undertaken to enable the regulator to better understand registrants’ experience of the 2013-15 Continuing Education and Training (CET) cycle, the implementation of new Standards of Practice and registrants’ perceptions of the GOC as a regulator.

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GOsC meets all standards of good regulation

(General Osteopathic Council 05.07.16)

A review by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) – the body responsible for monitoring the performance of UK healthcare professional regulators – has found that the General Osteopathic Council has for the sixth consecutive year met all the PSA’s Standards of Good Regulation.

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Bar regulator to address unfair treatment of women at the Bar

(Bar Standards Board 12.07.16)

The Bar Standards Board will be writing to every multi-tenant chambers across the country to seek their help in improving compliance with the Equality Rules, following the BSB's recent survey of women at the Bar.

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CIMA and CIPFA in discussion

(CIMA/CIPFA 18.07.16)

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is in discussion with public service specialist the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) about offering the latter’s members a route to CIMA membership and the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. Further details are expected to be available later in the year.




New BSB report shows more targeted use of enforcement powers

(Bar Standards Board 08.08.16)

The Bar Standards Board has, today, published its Enforcement Annual Report for 2015-16. This report provides an overview of the regulator's enforcement work during the year and includes a number of statistics about the volume and outcome of complaints of professional misconduct about barristers.

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Health Education England announce whistleblowing protection for doctors in training

(General Medical Council 16.08.16)

Professor Terence Stephenson, Chair of the GMC, said:

'We welcome the agreement between Health Education England, NHS Employers, the Department of Health and the BMA to extend whistle-blowing protection for doctors in training in England.

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Desmond D’Mello removed from the register for serious infection control breaches 

(GDC press release 18.8.16)

A dentist at the centre of one of the largest recalls of patients in NHS history has been removed from the General Dental Council’s (GDC) list of registered dental professionals following a finding of impaired fitness to practise by reason of misconduct.  The decision to remove Mr Desmond D’Mello from the register was made by the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) on 18 August 2016. 

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