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Professional Standards Authority sets out goals for next three years

We have published our Strategic Plan 2023-26 setting out what we aim to achieve over the next three years. The plan includes our vision, mission and objectives for 2023 to 2026. Our top priority is to deliver our statutory role, but we also want to support regulatory reform and meet our objectives relating to equality, diversity and inclusion. We will also progress the work we started last year with the publication of our report Safer care for all. To achieve this, we have set out three ambitious strategic aims:

  1. To protect the public by delivering highly effective oversight of regulation and registration
  2. To make regulation fairer and better
  3. To promote and support safer care for all.

We wanted to involve stakeholders in drawing up this plan and consulted on the draft to gather feedback and sense-check our proposals. We made a number of changes to the plan in response to the feedback we received as a result of the consultation.

Alan Clamp, the PSA’s Chief Executive said:

‘This is an ambitious plan for a small organisation. It will be key for us, the regulators and registers we oversee, as well as colleagues in government to collaborate and cooperate to make good progress over the next three years to achieve our objectives.’

Key findings from the consultation

There was broad agreement for the proposals we put forward in the strategic plan. Recurring themes identified included to continue our convening role, especially to facilitate sharing good practice across regulators and the Accredited Registers. Respondents also welcomed the strong focus on equality, diversity and inclusion. The need for organisations to work together to address workforce issues was also highlighted, along with the need to support positive workforce cultures.

Find out more

Read through the full Strategic Plan and consultation report or you can also see a summary infographic. You can find out more about Safer care for all here. Both the Strategic Plan and consultation report are also available in Welsh and can be downloaded from here.


Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

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 report Safer care for all was launched at a parliamentary reception on 6 September 2022.
  7. The consultation on the draft Strategic Plan 2023-26 ran from 8 December 2022 to 24 February 2023. The findings of the consultation were considered by our Board and the Strategic Plan 2023-26 was then updated to take account of feedback and this discussion.
  8. In accordance with requirements under our legislation, the Strategic Plan 2023-26 was laid before Parliament, on 26 April 2023.
  9. Our values are – integrity, transparency, respect, fairness and teamwork – and we strive to ensure that they are at the core of our work.
  10. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at