Status: We began consultation on 1 March 2012. The consultation will run until 31 May 2012
This project is a review the UK law relating to the regulation of health care professionals, and in England only, the regulation of social workers.
The remit of the project extends to the legal frameworks for the following bodies: the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, the General Chiropractic Council, the General Dental Council, the General Medical Council, the General Optical Council, the General Osteopathic Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council, the General Social Care Council, the Health Professions Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.
Our consultation paper makes provisional proposals which seek to simplify and modernise the law and establish a streamlined, transparent and responsive system of regulation. The paper makes proposals and asks questions on the following areas:
- The registration and renewal of registration of professionals, student registers, registration appeals, protected titles and protected functions
- How the regulators oversee the quality of pre-registration and post-registration education and training
- How the regulators set standards for professional conduct and practice, and ensure ongoing practice standards (for example, through revalidation)
- The investigation and adjudication of fitness to practise case
- The role of the Council for Healthcare regulatory Excellence
- The regulation of business premises and activities
- The governance arrangements of the regulators, including the size and composition of Councils
- The systems through which the regulators can be held to account, including the roles of the Privy Council, Government and Parliament, and duties to consult the public.
The project originated in the form of a reference from the Department of Health. For more details see the White Paper Enabling Excellence: Autonomy and Accountability for Healthcare Workers, Social Workers and Social Care Workers.
It is a tripartite project between the Law Commission, the Scottish Law Commission and the Northern Ireland Law Commission.