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'A stimulating event connecting ideas and people' is what Professor Ros Searle, last year's academic co-chair, tweeted about this year's conference. Read more about the conference in our Research and policy update

Welcome to our Spring 2018 edition of 'The Standard'. We talk in Regulatory news about how important it is to feedback learning points to the regulators' fitness to practise committees. Sometimes we are asked by government to conduct larger-scale lessons learned reviews. This was the case when, in March 2017, the Secretary of State asked us to carry out such a review on how the Nursing and Midwifery Council had handled complaints relating to the the midwifery unit at Furness General Hospital. We have completed the review and are about to submit it to the Secretary of State. We expect to publish it on our website on 16 May 2018.


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What do we do if we do if we decide a final fitness to practise panel decision is insufficient, but use our discretion not to appeal? In this scenario we will usually feedback learning points to the regulator  an important part of our role. We fed back more than 170 learning points in the last half of 2017. Our most recent Learning points digest focuses on dishonesty, retrospective amendment of allegations and offering no evidence.

‘… it’s one of the most productive meetings to come to because of the opportunities it creates.’  Professor Tim David, this year’s academic partner, had these words to say about our annual academic conference. Policy makers, regulators, researchers, consultants, students and others interested in professional regulation were brought together in one place to share their knowledge and experience – the focus this year was on fitness to practise.

Two more registers have been welcomed into the fold: the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists met all of our standards for Accredited Registers. They bring the total number of registers up to 25 and add another 5,000 practitioners to the existing, 80,000-strong workforce.

The Viewpoint has had a makeover. Instead of publishing viewpoints quarterly alongside the newsletter, we are now publishing regular blogs. Our first two blogs look at explaining healthcare regulation in the UK.


Our regular round-up from the regulators, including their current consultations with details and deadlines.

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