Regulation of Health and Social Care Professionals

Open date: 01 March 2012

Close date: 31 May 2012

The consultation paper makes provisional proposals which seek to simplify and modernise the law and establish a streamlined, transparent and responsive system of regulation of health care professionals, and in England only, the regulation of social workers.

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.

This is a tripartite project between the Law Commission, the Scottish Law Commission and the Northern Ireland Law Commission.

Please send responses either by email to or by post to Tim Spencer-Lane, Public Law team, Law Commission, Steel House, 11 Tothill Street, London SW1H 9LJ. If you send your comments by post, it would be helpful if, where possible, you could also send them electronically (in any commonly used format).

This consultation relates to our Regulation of Health and Social Care Professionals project.

Reference number: LCCP202 / SLCDP153 / NILC12(2012)

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