We have developed a methodology that we recommend is used to make decisions about whether and how a group should be regulated, but we have no official role in making any recommendations.
The legislation that sets out what the PSA can and can’t do says that we can be commissioned by ministers in any of the four countries to give advice (section 26A of the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002).
The open consultation proposes that Government may seek advice from the PSA on whether different groups should be regulated, or on aspects of the criteria, however this would fall under our existing powers to be commissioned to provide advice.
However, the Government did consult in 2017/18 on giving the PSA a formal role advising which groups should be regulated. In their formal response to that consultation they stated that: ‘The UK and Devolved Governments believe that the PSA is best placed to provide independent advice on which groups of healthcare professionals should be regulated.’