Professional Regulatory Press Releases February 2016

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A Summary of Professional Regulatory Press Releases for February 2016 

NMC responds to Health Education England's consultation on nursing associate role

(NMC press release 28.1.16)

Health Education England has launched their consultation on the proposed nursing associate role, Building capacity to care and capability to treat: a new team member for health and social care.  The new role, provisionally known as the nursing associate, is intended to bridge the gap between healthcare assistants and registered nurses, and will work alongside them to deliver hands-on care to patients.
Read more here.

NMC moves forward with development of new nurse competencies

(NMC press release 28.1.16)

Following Council's decision, we will embark on a fundamental review of the skills and competencies that future nurses will be expected to meet for pre-registration, with the consultation phase commencing later this year.
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Regulator seeks views on plans to reform fitness to practise​

(GDC 1.2.16)

The regulator of the dental team the General Dental Council (GDC) seeks views on plans to modernise its fitness to practise process. It is hoped that by introducing Case Examiners, complaints will be dealt with more quickly and efficiently making it safer for patients and a less stressful experience for dentists or dental care professionals (DCPs).

GPhC fees to remain at current levels 

(GPhC press release 4.2.17)

The GPhC’s governing council has agreed the organisation’s budget for 2016/17 and decided that fee levels for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises will remain at current levels for the financial year 2016/17.
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The Bar regulator publishes responses to the Future Bar Training consultation

(Bar Standards Board 01.02.16)

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) published today the summary of initial responses it received to its consultation launched in the summer of 2015 on the academic, vocational and pupillage requirements to become qualified as a barrister. The Future Bar Training consultation was open between July and October 2015. The consultation set out the reasons for reassessment of training, asked for views and evidence on the functioning of the current system, and explored some initial approaches for each of the current stages.
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Bar regulator publishes report on diversity at the Bar

(Bar Standards Board 29.01.16)

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report for 2015 on the diversity of the profession. The data show that women are under-represented at the practising Bar, despite being almost even with men at the point of pupillage. Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) barristers are also under-represented at the practising Bar.
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Bar Council welcomes Lord Chancellor's decision to scrap two-tier contracting

(Bar Council 28.01.16)

The Bar Council has welcomed the Lord Chancellor's announcement today that the Government is to dispense with the two-tier contracting system.
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News from Council, 10 February 2016

(General Optical Council 11.02.16)

Raising concerns with the GOC (whistleblowing) policy

Council agreed a new policy providing guidance for registrants and others in the optical sector on raising concerns about risks to patient safety, including where to go for advice and what protection is offered.

The policy has undergone a period of consultation with stakeholders and the GOC will publish the final version shortly.
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GDC publishes its improvement plan following whistleblowing report

(General Dental Council 16.02.16)

The General Dental Council (GDC) gives details of the improvements it has made and it plans to make, following an investigation into a whistleblowing incident by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).


(BIOS press release 26.2.16)

The British & Irish Orthoptic Society is pleased to confirm that NHS England today announced that legislation has been laid to allow Orthoptists to supply and administer specific medicines under exemptions within Human Medicines Regulations 2012.
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Read our report from a roundtable discussion about pre-registration pharmacist training in England

(GPhC press release 26.2.16)

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