Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, Draft Fee Regulations

Closed 28 Nov 2014

Opened 3 Oct 2014

Overview

In 2010, the Department of Health (DH) conducted a review of its Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs) as part of the wider changes envisaged for the NHS and the drive to increase accountability and transparency across Government, while reducing the number and associated costs of public bodies.  The review found no compelling reason for the then Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE), the body responsible for the oversight of the health professions regulators, to continue to be funded by the Government and Devolved Administrations.  Instead, the review recommended that the CHRE be funded through a compulsory levy (or fee) on the regulatory bodies it oversees.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 provided for the CHRE to be renamed the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (“the Authority” or the PSA) and for the Authority to be funded in the main by the regulatory bodies.  Subject to the approval of Parliament, the Privy Council must make regulations requiring each regulatory body to pay periodic fees to the Authority. The regulations must also set out the functions of the Authority to be included in the fee and the methodology for determining the level of fees to be paid by each regulatory body.  This consultation seeks views on the proposed draft of the regulations, in Annex A of the attached consultation document.

Why We Are Consulting

We wish to obtain views from respondents about:

  • the ten functions of the PSA we propose should be covered by the fee;
     
  • four functions of the PSA we propose should be excluded from the fee;
     
  • the methodology for determining the fee;
     
  • the period of notice the PSA should give for payment of the fee; and
     
  • the interest the PSA may charge for late payment
     

We are asking for views about any adverse impact this policy will have on equality.  We also ask for comments on the draft regulations themselves.

 A draft set of regulations and accompanying impact assessment are provided for respondents.

The closing date for responses is 28 November 2014. 

For enquiries or responding by email send to: hrdlistening@dh.gsi.gov.uk

What Happens Next

Subject to the response to this consultation and Parliamentary approval, we are aiming for the regulations to be laid in November 2014, to commence in early 2015 to facilitate the collection of fees relevant to the period from 1 April 2015 by the Authority.  The consultation exercise will run for 8 weeks.  The closing date for comments is 28 November 2014.

Once the consultation has closed, we will analyse responses, finalise the proposals and (if required) draft amendments to the regulations. The regulations will then be laid before both the UK and Scottish Parliaments.

This document is published alongside a consultation stage Impact Assessment that assesses the costs and benefits of the options (including a Small and Micro-sized Business Assessment and an assessment of the impact on equality).

Audiences

  • GPs
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Doctors
  • Midwives
  • Dentists
  • Chiropodists/ podiatrists
  • Dieticians
  • Regulatory body
  • Royal Colleges
  • Social care provider
  • Members of the public
  • Patients

Interests

  • Health protection
  • Health and Social Care Act 2012
  • Funding
  • Regulation