Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation

Closed 23 Jan 2018

Opened 31 Oct 2017


The UK's model of professional regulation for healthcare professionals has become complex and outdated. It needs to change to protect patients better, to support our health services and to help the workforce meet future challenges. Better and more responsive healthcare professional regulation is a shared ambition for both the regulators and all 4 UK governments.

Why We Are Consulting

This consultation seeks views on the reforms needed to help maximise public protection while supporting workforce development. The proposals aim to design a flexible model of professional regulation that secures public trust, fosters professionalism and improves clinical practice, while also being adaptable to future developments in healthcare. This consultation takes forward the Government's commitment to legislate to reform and rationalise the current system of regulation of healthcare professions.

The responses to this consultation will allow the government to consider future options for the development of regulation of healthcare professionals in the UK.

What Happens Next

This consultation has now closed.

Thank you to those that have completed the survey, we are currently reviewing all the reponses and will puiblish a response in due course.


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