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Research Papers

Here you will find papers about research we have commissioned or carried out. Find out more about our research in practice in this short case study. You can also find research papers published by academics and regulators on Our Bookshelf in the research section of our website.

Sexual behaviours between health and care practitioners: where does the boundary lie?

We have observed that regulators' fitness to practise panels may treat sexual misconduct between colleagues less seriously than when sexual boundaries with patients are overstepped. We believe this type of behaviour can have a negative impact on patient safety, so we commissioned research to get both public and professional perspectives on the subject

Professional identity and the regulator's role - an overview

Does the regulator create or validate professional identity? This paper draws together the conclusions of our two previous publications on the subject of professional identity and regulation

Categorisation of fitness to practise data

A description of UK health and care professional regulators’ categorisation of fitness to practise allegations

Bad Apples? Bad Barrels? Or bad cellars? Antecedents and processes of professional misconduct in UK health and care

By analysing thousands of fitness to practise decisions, this ground-breaking study provides insights into professional misconduct by health and care professionals

Research into professional identity and regulation

Research exploring practitioners’ views of the relationship of professional regulation to professional identity.

A typology of dishonesty - illustrations using the fitness to practise database

A Research paper proposing a typology of six kinds of dishonest act that can apply across professions using illustrations from the Authority's fitness to practise database

Professional identities and regulation: a literature review

A review of literature to help us better understand how professional identities are acquired and developed amongst health and social care professionals.

Research into attitudes to dishonest behaviour by health and care professionals

We commissioned research to explore public and professional views towards dishonest behaviour by health and care professionals. The report was published in June 2016.

Alternatives to final panel hearings for fitness to practise cases – the public perspective

May 2013 research report

Cost effectiveness and efficiency review of the health professional regulators

November 2012 advice to the Secretary of States.

Our research work in practice

Find out more about how the research work we do can contribute to improving regulation in this short case study 

Where does the boundary lie?

Would you be willing to see a health practitioner who has overstepped a boundary with a colleague? Watch this short animation to find out what focus group participants thought about this question for our research on this subject.