Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline August 2018 - September 2018

4 October 2018

The following regulators published a joint report on whistleblowing disclosures: the General Chiropractic Council (GCC), the General Optical Council (GOC), the General Medical Council (GMC), the General Dental Council (GDC), the General Osteopathic Council (GOSC), the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Subject to the legal duty introduced on 1 April 2017 for prescribed bodies to publish an annual report on whistleblowing disclosures, the aforementioned regulators decided to publish a joint report to highlight their coordinated efforts to work together in handling such issues.

The report can be accessed here

Bar Standards Board (BSB)

The BSB has published its Enforcement Report for 2017-18. The report provides a summary of the regulator's enforcement work during the specified period and includes statistics about the ‘volume, trends and outcomes of complaints about barristers, including disciplinary proceedings’.

Remarking on report, the BSB's Director of Professional Conduct, Sara Jagger, stated:

Our role is to ensure that standards at the Bar are maintained. It is important that people have trust and confidence in the way we do this. The report published today shows that we are taking appropriate action against the small number of barristers whose professional conduct falls short of the standards expected. I am pleased that over the last year we have been able to increase efficiency in many areas of the enforcement system but recognise that there is always room for improvement."

The report can be accessed here 

GMC

The GMC has issued a statement in relation to the Court of Appeal’s decision in Bawa-Garba. Charlie Massey, Chief Executive has said as follows: “We fully accept the Court of Appeal’s judgment. This was a case of the tragic death of a child, and the consequent criminal conviction of a doctor. It was important to clarify the different roles of criminal courts and disciplinary tribunals in cases of gross negligence manslaughter, and we will carefully examine the court’s decision to see what lessons can be learnt….”

GPhC

The GPhC has welcomed the Professional Standards Authority’s (PSA) annual review of its performance for the year 2017/18, in which it met all the PSA’s standards for good regulation.

GPhC Chief Executive Duncan Rudkin stated: “We are pleased that our hard work has again been recognised by the PSA and that we have met all of their standards of good regulation. This gives important assurance to patients and the public that we are working effectively to make sure they receive safe and effective pharmacy services”.

The report can be accessed here 

NMC

The NMC has launched its new approach to resolving complaints about registrants. In accordance with the new process, a registrant is able to provide evidence to the regulator of remediation, to demonstrate that they are safe to continuing practising, without restriction, despite an adverse incident. Matthew McClelland, Director of Fitness to Practise, stated: “For a long time in healthcare, there’s been a tendency to focus on blame and punishment when things go wrong. But we know that this can mean nurses and midwives are less likely to be open about what happened….

Our new approach puts people at the heart of what we do and encourages a culture of openness and honesty. This is the best way for nurses, midwives and the wider health and care system to learn from mistakes and prevent them from happening again.”

More details about the process can be gleaned here

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