Professional Regulatory press release October 2015

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GMC to make series of fee changes in 2016 

In 2016, we will be changing a number of the fees which we charge doctors for particular service

Dental regulator launches confidential helpline for dental professionals 

The General Dental Council (GDC) is today launching a new confidential helpline for dental professionals who may have a concern that they need to raise at work.  Principle 8 of Standards for the Dental Team is to ‘raise concerns if patients are at risk’.   It sets out the obligations of every registered dental professional to put patients’ interests first and act to protect them. This means that any dental professional must raise a concern if they believe patients or colleagues are at risk, and they must act on any concern that is raised.  

HCPC launches revised Health, Disability and Becoming a Health and Care Professional Guide 

(HCPC press release 30.9.15)

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched revised guidance for disabled people who are considering or training to become a professional regulated by the HCPC.  The guide will also be useful for individuals working in education and training, careers advisors, those teaching, supervising or supporting disabled students and occupational health professionals.

BSB Chair Sir Andrew Burns sets his vision for the future of the Bar regulator 

(Bar Standards Board 05.10.15)

In his first keynote speech as Chair of the Bar Standards Board (BSB), Sir Andrew Burns urged barristers and key stakeholders to engage with the regulator on the future direction of Bar regulation at a networking function tonight at Lincoln's Inn.

Regulators issue consultation on minor changes to QASA

(Bar Standards Board 01.10.15)

Legal regulators Bar Standards Board (BSB), Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and CILEx Regulation, the three also known as the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG), are preparing for the implementation of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) by launching a new consultation today.

Legal Ombudsman scheme rules consultation

(Law Society 01.10.15)

The Legal Ombudsman (LeO) launched a consultation on 7 September on proposed changes to its scheme rules.

If LeO wishes to be certified as an approved alternative dispute resolution (ADR) entity for the purposes of the EU ADR Directive, it must comply with standards set out in government regulations.

Consultation on English language checks for dental professionals

The UK dental regulator, the General Dental Council (GDC), has launched a consultation on a draft policy to ensure dental professionals have the necessary knowledge of the English language.

New language requirements for registration for European trained nurses and midwives to be introduced

(Nursing and Midwifery Council 12.10.15)

We are introducing new language controls for EU nurses and midwives.

From 18 January 2016 for the first time European trained nurses and midwives wanting to join the register will need to prove that they have the necessary knowledge of English to practise safely and effectively in the UK. We are not imposing a blanket language test on European trained applicants, but if they are unable to provide sufficient evidence of language skills – such as having trained or worked in an English-speaking country, they will be directed to undertake an English language assessment.

Bar regulator wants to remove restrictions on employed barristers, seeking views

(Bar Standards Board 13.10.15)

The regulator is seeking to broaden the definition of employment for barristers working in-house for organisations that are not authorised law firms, in a new consultation launched today.

This will give more flexibility for barristers and their employers, allowing them to work through agencies or other corporate vehicles.

Have your say on new guidance on the duty of candour

In 2014, along with the other healthcare regulators, the General Dental Council (GDC) committed to promoting ‘the duty of candour’ to its registrants, students and dental patients.  Candour means being open and honest with patients when things go wrong.  To help dental professionals better understand its importance, the GDC has drafted new guidance and the purpose of this consultation is to seek views on it.

Nurses and midwives will have to report cases of FGM

(Nursing and Midwifery Council 21.10.15)

New duty for those in England and Wales

From 31 October onwards, all regulated health and social care professionals in England and Wales, including nurses and midwives, will have to comply with the Government’s FGM mandatory reporting duty.

Painting a picture of the newly qualified barrister: Regulator sets out ‘Professional Statement’

(Bar Standards Board 21.10.15)

The barristers' regulator has published a Professional Statement today which describes the knowledge, skills and attributes that a newly qualified barrister should have when issued with a Full Practising Certificate.

Learning from mistakes: the October/November issue of ‘the osteopath’ out now

(GOsC 19.10.15)

The latest issue of the osteopath is now available and can be read on this website. The magazine includes a round-up of GOsC news, other health news, research updates, book reviews and more.

Reports on extraordinary review visit to North Wales

(Nursing and Midwifery Council 26.10.15)

We have published the reports from our joint extraordinary review of education programmes and midwifery supervision in North Wales. The review visits took place between 20 – 22 July 2015.