The regulation of healthcare professionals must change in order to protect patients, to support the transformation of our healthcare services and to meet future challenges. It needs to be faster, simpler, better and less costly. When people access healthcare, they trust that the professionals they encounter are properly trained and qualified, that they will treat them with dignity and respect, and that they will not mistreat or harm them.
Professional regulation is central to the systems of assurance that underpin this trust. The nine regulatory bodies that regulate healthcare professionals across the four countries of the United Kingdom (UK) are the gatekeepers to the professions that they regulate. They set the educational requirements needed to enter a profession and the standards required to practise safely and effectively in each profession. They keep registers of people who meet these standards, are qualified and fit to practise. The regulators also set the standards of conduct, performance and behaviour required of professionals and take action where these standards are not met.
This consultation considers what reforms are needed across the UK healthcare regulatory system in order to support workforce development while maximising public protection in a more efficient way. The four UK governments want to take this opportunity to design a flexible model of professional regulation which secures public trust, fosters professionalism and improved clinical practice, while also being able to adapt swiftly to future developments in health care.
CAIPE, as the leading UK body for promoting interprofessional learning and collaborative practice between the health and social care professions, has a wealth of experience on which to draw taking into account the complexities of working with and between systems and procedures. We welcome the Departments’ call for a review of of the Health and Social Care Regulators with particular reference to the alignment and harmonisation of the regulation processes of those professions and is committed to share its experience with the Department and the PSA.
As an organisation with membership drawn from HEI’s, students, service users and individuals we are pleased to engage with this consultation. We consider that there is a need to review the regulation of health and social care regulators for greater alignment.
The downloadable document called “Promoting professionalism reforming regulation questionnaire 2” contains CAIPE’s response to this consultation.