Professional Regulatory Press Releases March and April 2016

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A summary of Professional Regulatory Press Releases for March and April 2016.

Plans to end the cover-up culture in the NHS.

(Department of Health 09.03.16)

Health Secretary will announce plans to improve NHS safety and transparency at the first ministerial-level Global Patient Safety Summit.

Read more here.

GMC statement about RCGP's revalidation guidance.

(GMC press release 15.3.15)

Commenting in response to the Royal College of General Practitioners' updated revalidation guidance, Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said:  ‘Revalidation should be a positive challenge for doctors, not a burden, which is why we welcome this new guidance from the RCGP. This simplifies and clarifies the information which GPs should bring to their appraisals - we hope they find this helpful"

Read more here.

Bar regulator launches consultation on the Professional Statement threshold standard and competences, seeks input from all.

(Bar Standards Board 14.03.16)

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched its consultation on the Professional Statement threshold standard and competences.

Read more here.

The General Pharmaceutical Council launches major consultation on new standards for pharmacy professionals.

(General Pharmaceutical Council 04.04.16)

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is asking members of the public and pharmacy professionals to give their views on proposed new standards for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Great Britain.

Read more here.

GMC strengthens tests for overseas doctors 

(GMC press release 16.3.16)

The General Medical Council’s (GMC) assessment for international doctors wanting to work in the UK is to be strengthened.  Improvements are being made to the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test following recommendations from an independent review commissioned by the GMC.

Read more here. 

New GOC Standards of Practice come into effect

(General Optical Council 01.04.16)

The General Optical Council’s (GOC) new Standards of Practice for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians, and separate new Standards for Optical Students, have today come into effect.

The new Standards have replaced the Code of Conduct for Individual Registrants, which previously applied to both fully qualified practitioners and students.

Read more here.

Historic change to improve professional standards for nurses and midwives comes into effect.

(Nursing and Midwifery Council 01.04.16)

Revalidation for all nurses and midwives in the UK comes into effect today. With the introduction of revalidation, everyone on the NMC register will have to demonstrate on a regular basis that they are able to deliver care in a safe, effective and professional way.

Read more here.

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