The four UK governments have launched a consultation on the reform of the regulation of healthcare professionals.
The aim is to simplify regulation, enabling regulators to be more responsive to changes in the sector. This builds on the recommendations made by the Law Commissions to simplify professional regulation and introduce greater consistency.
"We welcome the UK governments' consultation on the reform of healthcare professional regulation and would encourage stakeholders to respond with their views on the proposals and approach.
"It is important to recognise that the regulatory framework has become increasingly complex and difficult to navigate at times. The delivery of health and social care has also changed. A more flexible and responsive model of professional healthcare regulation is needed in order to deliver effective public protection which continues to be fit for purpose.
"It is crucial that whatever comes out of this important consultation helps to simplify regulation and enable healthcare regulators to become more responsive to changes in the sector."
The consultation will inform the future of professional regulation and we would strongly encourage all our stakeholders to respond. The closing date for responses is 23 January 2018.
The Council will be discussing the consultation at their next meeting in December and we will be publishing our response after that.