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Authority publishes annual report and accounts 2021/2022

Today we published our annual report and accounts for 2021/2022. We continued to protect the public through our work, overseeing 10 statutory regulators and 23 accredited registers.

Highlights of the year included:

  • Our Learning from Covid-19 Review
  •  Our first review of the new regulator Social Work England
  • 15 successful appeals using our section 29 powers
  • A new ‘public interest’ test for our accredited registers programme
  • A new approach to our performance reviews
  • Research publications on cognitive bias; and on ethical decision-making during the pandemic
  • Responding to government proposals on regulatory reform.

Our full report is available here or read our highlights.


Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

 Contact: Christine Braithwaite, Director of Standards and Policy


Notes to the Editor

  1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees 10 statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
  2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are insufficient to protect the public and it is in the public interest.
  3. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
  4. We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
  5. We do this to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
  6. Our values are – integrity, transparency, respect, fairness and teamwork – and we strive to ensure that they are at the core of our work.
  7. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at