The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA), previously known as The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, scrutinises and oversees the work of nine health and care regulators.
It shares its knowledge of good practice with regulators, conducts research and audits regulators fitness to practise processes.
Each year, the PSA carries out an annual performance review which assesses the regulators against their standards for good regulation. It then publishes a report that summarises each the regulators' performance.
Accredited voluntary registers
Part of their role is also to accredit voluntary registers of people working in a variety of health and social care occupations. Where occupations are not subject to statutory regulation, the Accredited Voluntary Registers scheme allows people to choose practitioners who are on a register that has been independently assessed and approved.