Today we have launched a consultation which outlines proposed changes to the Standards of conduct, performance and ethics.
We undertake a regular review of these standards to ensure they are relevant to current practice and are clearly understood by those who use them.
This consultation will close at 23:59 on Friday 16 June 2023. We intend to publish the updated Standards in September 2023, followed by a year-long implementation period which will bring the Standards into effect in September 2024.
The proposed changes follow a pre-consultation period where we gathered insight into how individuals use the Standards, what they think of them, and what changes they may need.
The revisions fall under five key themes:
- equality diversity and inclusion;
- communication with colleagues, service users and carers;
- duty of candour;
- upskilling and training responsibilities; and
- managing existing health conditions and disabilities in the workplace.
An additional theme – sustainability in health and care – is also discussed in the consultation to explore future revision to the Standards.
We have also reviewed the guidance on social media that accompanies the Standards. The new guidance is included as part of this consultation.
To support the consultation period, we are hosting six workshops. These workshops will explore each key theme of the consultation and gives you an opportunity to ask questions about the revisions we have made.
We will review all responses to our consultation carefully and consider how we might reflect feedback in the final changes, to ensure the best outcomes for registrants, employers, the wider health and care sector and the public.