Performers Lists Regulations 2013

Closed 14 Dec 2012

Opened 19 Oct 2012


The performers list system is a framework set out in the National Health Service (Performers Lists) Regulations 2004. Medical, dental and ophthalmic practitioners may not perform NHS primary care services in England unless they are included on a performers list held by a Primary Care Trust (PCT). The performers list system provides PCTs with powers to manage these performers and protect the public from any performers that fall below the required standards.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 abolishes PCTs and creates the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) and Clinical Commissioning Groups. From April 2013, the performers lists will become the responsibility of the NHS CB. It will enable it to ensure and protect the quality of NHS primary care services that it is responsible for commissioning.

Why We Are Consulting

This is a public consultation to obtain views from respondents on proposed changes to the National Health Service (Performers Lists) Regulations 2004.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 requires changes to be made to the Performers Lists Regulations. The consultation also considers recommendations made by two reviews that looked at the performers list system. It discusses the three different options that could be pursued and the option that has been chosen.

It seeks responses on proposed changes, including:

  • the introduction of national lists;
  • changes to the ‘minimum service’ that performers on the list will need to perform;
  • changes to suspension powers, including, immediate suspension and  additional powers at suspension hearings; and 
  • changes to the requirement to submit criminal records checks.


A draft set of regulations is provided for respondents.

The closing date for responses is 14 December 2012. 

For enquiries or responding by email send to:


  • GPs
  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Ophthalmic Practitioners
  • Responsible Officers
  • NHS Commissioning Board
  • Tribunal Service
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Regulatory body
  • Royal Colleges
  • PCT Cluster CEs
  • SHA Cluster CEs


  • Health and Social Care Act 2012
  • Primary care
  • Accountability
  • Transition
  • NHS Commissioning Board
  • Clinical Governance
  • Performers Lists
  • Regulation