Professional Regulatory Press release August and September 2015

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General Dental Council response to the PSA’s report “Rethinking Regulation”

(GDC press release 7.8.15)

Responding to the report from the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), GDC Chief Executive & Registrar, Evlynne Gilvarry, said:
“The GDC has been campaigning for legislative change to improve the effectiveness of regulation of dental professionals for a number of years. We hope that ministers will take the time to consider the PSA’s warnings and act accordingly. The PSA rightly stresses the need for regulators to increase their focus on preventing breaches of standards. At the GDC we have already taken a number of steps to achieve this, including:
• Clarifying our standards so that dental professionals can more easily meet the legitimate expectations of patients;
• Maintaining a high threshold for quality assurance of education and training university so that we can be sure newly-qualified dental professionals can practise safely; and
• Strengthening our programme of continued professional development (CPD) to ensure dental professionals remain up-to-date. The revised programme will be piloted next year.

GOC responds to PSA's report

(GOC press release 6.8.15)

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today responded to the Professional Standards Authority’s (PSA) report, “Rethinking regulation”.

GOC Chief Executive and Registrar, Samantha Peters said: “The PSA’s report raises some very important issues about the future of healthcare regulation, and we encourage others to join a wider debate on this. It is essential we properly and comprehensively consider the best ways in which to approach the future of regulation, and the PSA’s report is a welcome step forward in initiating this conversation.

“We have already been pushing for legislative change in the shape of the Law Commissions’ Bill and were disappointed that this was not included in the Queen’s Speech. We are keen to see changes to the current legal framework to enable us and other regulators to enhance our role in public protection, and we welcome the opportunity to debate this further.”

GMC launches mobile app for doctors’ professional development

(GMC press release 6.8.15)

The GMC has launched a mobile app to help doctors manage their continuous professional development.

Taking action to support doctors who raise concerns

(GMC press release 4.8.15)

We have published our action plan (pdf) in response to Sir Anthony Hooper’s independent review (pdf) of how we deal with complaints about doctors who are whistleblowers. The review recommended that we should better understand the background when an employer refers a doctor to us, where the doctor has raised a concern with or about their employer. We are considering these recommendations carefully in our action plan, so we can make sure that we deal with the concerns about the doctor fairly and appropriately.

ACCA awarded regulator status 

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has been approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute to become a regulator.

International Ethics Coalition appoints new committee 

A group, comprising around 50 professional bodies from across the world, has completed the first stage of its work aimed at creating the first International Ethics Standards (IES).
The group, otherwise known as the IES Coalition, was launched at the United Nations in New York last October and is tasked with creating standards aimed at reasserting the role of ethics in property markets across the world.

CQC announces new pilot to build picture of the quality of care in local areas

(Care Quality Commission 11.08.15)

People and their families who use a range of different health and social care services could in the future learn more about what the quality of care is like across a whole local area as part of a new pilot project being launched by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) today (Tuesday 11 August).

Code of good practice in recruitment of trainee solicitors: Law Society replaces SRA as signatory 

The Law Society has replaced the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) as a signatory to the Voluntary Code of Practice for the Recruitment of Trainee Solicitors.
The code was drawn up to assist all parties involved with the recruitment of law degree students and non-law degree students as trainee solicitors. It represents good practice in legal recruitment and supports firms and potential trainees.

Disbarments now the most common outcome at Disciplinary Tribunal hearings

(Bar Standards Board 24.07.15)

For the first time, disbarment was the most common sanction imposed by Tribunal panels with 13 barristers being disbarred in 2014-15, according to the BSB's Enforcement Annual Report published today.

IPSIS: call for evidence

(Department of Health consultation 25.08.15)

Consultation description

The Independent Patient Safety Investigations Service, which will operate from April 2016, will offer support and guidance to NHS organisations on investigations into serious patient safety incidents, and carry out certain investigations itself.

Latest Guidance: Referral Fee Prohibition –Updated

(Bar Council 25.08.15)

Purpose: To draw barristers' attention to issues relating to payment for professional instructions.

New draft guidance on conditions that may be imposed on an osteopath’s practice.

(General Osteopathic Council 02.09.15)

The GOsC’s Health Committee considers cases where an osteopath’s physical or mental health is alleged to be seriously impairing their ability to practise. Where relevant, it can require osteopaths to comply with certain conditions while they continue to practise.

Guide to the registration assessment from 2016

(GPhC press release 28.8.15)

have published a guide to the changes we are making to the registration assessment from 2016. The guide provides information on the format and a framework for the assessment in 2016. The framework will replace the current syllabus. It explains what we will test in the 2016 registration assessments and how this relates to the outcomes we expect trainees to be able to demonstrate when they have completed their education and training

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills issues 'Update on the implementation of the EU Audit Directive and Regulation'

(Financial Reporting Council 26.08.15)

"Following Baroness Neville-Rolfe’s Written Ministerial Statement of 20 July 2015, which named the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) as the intended UK Competent Authority for the regulation of auditors, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is continuing to work with the FRC, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Professional Bodies to implement the requirements of the Audit Directive and Regulation. The reforms take effect on 17 June 2016.

Teacher misconduct: forthcoming professional conduct hearings

(National College for Teaching and Leadership 18.09.15)

List of forthcoming professional conduct hearings for teacher misconduct cases.

New National Guardian role to lead a more ‘open and honest’ NHS so that patients get better and safer care

(Care Quality Commission 17.09.15)

Applications are being invited for the NHS’s first National Guardian, who will be responsible leading local ambassadors across the country so that staff feel safe to raise concerns and confident that they will be heard.

Department of Health has now launched the CQC Chair recruitment campaign

(Care Quality Commission 17.09.15)

The Department of Health has today begun the process of recruiting and appointing for the role of a new Chair for CQC.
The role become vacant when David Prior stood down to become Baron Prior of Brampton in the House of Lords and to take on the role of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health in May this year.

Council to make final decision on the introduction of revalidation

(Nursing and Midwifery Council 01.10.15)

The next Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday 8 October, where there will be a range of issues discussed including the introduction of revalidation.
Prior to this meeting, we have removed the provisional revalidation guidance and the provisional information for confirmers, as well as other revalidation resources. However, we have now published the draft ‘How to revalidate’ guidance.
If Council chooses to introduce revalidation, we will be publishing revised information and a range of supporting materials from 8 October onwards.

Teacher misconduct: forthcoming professional conduct hearings

(National College for Teaching and Leadership 30.09.15)

List of forthcoming professional conduct hearings for teacher misconduct cases.

Last chance to comment on Conditions of Practice guidance

(General Osteopathic Council 29.09.15)

The closing date for our consultation on draft guidance for the GOsC’s Health Committee on conditions that may be imposed on an osteopath’s practice is 6 October 2015. The GOsC’s Health Committee considers cases where an osteopath’s physical or mental health is alleged to be seriously impairing their ability to practise. Where relevant, it can require osteopaths to comply with certain conditions while they continue to practise.

Independent review shows Bar regulator’s complaints handling process is operating well

(Bar Standards Board 25.09.15)

The Bar Standards Board's complaints handling process is working well, according to a new report published today by the regulator's Independent Observer. The report was unable to find any major systemic issues or any individual cases giving rise to serious concerns. It highlights good administrative standards in the handling of complaints, clear evidence of decision makers referring to relevant policies, and a demonstrable commitment to fairness when dealing with complaints against barristers.