General Dental Council (GDC)
The GDC has published data from its very first analysis of fitness to practise case data. This is the first time that the regulator has carried out an in-depth statistical analysis of its fitness to practise data. The aim of the analysis is to assist the organisation with its reform to become a ‘better, fairer and more efficient regulator’.
The key findings are:
- Male dental professionals are more likely than female counterparts to be involved in a fitness to practise case;
- Dentists were significantly over-represented at all stages of the fitness to practise process;
- Dentists that came onto the register by taking the Overseas Registration Exam were less likely to be involved in a fitness to practise case compared to their UK qualified counterparts;
- Dentists coming on to the register having qualified in an EEA country were overrepresented in fitness to practise; and
- The odds of having been involved in an FtP case were 22% higher for dental professionals identifying as 'Asian' or 'Other' compared to those identifying as 'White', with the caveat that there are significant gaps in this data.
The data can be accessed here
General Medical Council
The GMC has launched a consultation on the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours needed by newly-qualified doctors to aid shaping the future development of undergraduate medical education. The consultation will run until January 2018, and can be accessed here.
General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
GPhC Chief Executive, Duncan Rudkin, has also responded to the Department of Health consultation stating:
“This consultation provides the opportunity to have a robust, open and wide-ranging discussion about how regulation can best protect and assure patients and the public, and support the professionalism of all health professionals…..”
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
The Health and Care Professions Council published revised guidance on confidentiality following an extensive review in 2016. The new guidance provides advice to Registrants on how they should handle and share information about service users. The new guidance can be accessed here .
Following the Four UK Governments consultation on the reform of healthcare regulation, the Chief Executive and Registrar of the HCPC, Marc Seale, issued the following statement:
"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 aim of the consultation is to simplify healthcare regulation and introduce greater consistency. It can be accessed here .
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
The NMC has welcomed the Department of Health’s consultation on proposed changes to its legislation to enable the regulation of nursing associates following a request from the Secretary of State for Health in January 2017. The expected legislation change will occur around July 2018.
The consultation can be accessed and responded to here.
The NMC has announced changes to language testing requirements. Previously, prospective Registrants had to prove proficiency in English by way of the International English Language Test System (IELTS). The change sees the regulator accepting Occupational English Test (OET) in addition to IELTS.
Prospective Registrants who have qualified outside EU/EEA will also be able to demonstrate their English language capability by providing evidence that they have:
- Undertaken a pre-registration nursing or midwifery qualification taught and examined in English.
- Registered and practised for a minimum of one year in a country where English is the first and native language and a successful pass in an English language test was required for registration.
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
The SRA has published research showing that following regulatory reviews progress has been made towards a more diverse legal profession but there is still work to do in respect of women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) solicitors. The report can be accessed here.