CQC review of how NHS trusts investigate and learn from deaths. Following the Government's response to a report into deaths of persons with mental health problems in contact with Southern Health Foundations NHS foundation trust, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is to carry out a review of the quality of practice by NHS trusts when investigating such deaths. The review will also focus on how trusts can learn from the deaths of those with learning disabilities and mental health issues.


The Nursing and Midwifery Council - amendments to modernise midwifery regulation and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of fitness to practise processes. Seeks views on a draft Amendment Order making changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 that will: remove statutory midwifery supervision provisions, which will result in a clear separation of the roles and purpose of the supervision and regulation of midwives; remove the statutory Midwifery Committee from the NMC’s governance structures; and make improvements to the NMC’s fitness to practise processes to enable further improvements and deal with cases in a more appropriate manner. The consultation closes on 17 June 2016. 

Consultation on standards for pharmacy professionals. The General Pharmaceutical Council is seeking views on core standards that every pharmacist, pharmacy technician, pharmacy student and trainee will be expected to meet. The nine core standards describe the attitudes and behaviours that contribute most to safe and effective care. The closing date for responses is 27 June 2016.


CQC announces changes in regulatory fees for providers. The Care Quality Commission has outlined the fees that providers of health and adult social care in England will pay from April 2016 to cover the costs of their regulation.