Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline October - November 2019

4 December 2019

A Regulatory press round-up for October - November 2019.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The regulation of social workers will transfer from the HCPC to Social Work England on the 2nd of December. Registration details will be transferred automatically.

You can read more details about the transfer here.


Cross regulator update

The HCPC, NMC, GPhC, GOC and other regulators have issued a set of principles for prescribing medication online. The purpose of the principles is to help protect patient safety and outline the good practice expected of healthcare professionals.

The principles can be accessed here.


Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

The NMC has approved its new standards of proficiency for midwives. The first midwifery programmes based on the new standards will begin in September 2020 and the standards will be fully implemented by September 2021. The standards can be accessed here.  

The NMC launched the pilot programme of its emotional and practical support services for nursing and midwifery professionals involved in fitness to practise processes.  The service is free and confidential. More details can be accessed here.  


Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The CQC has published its annual State of Care report, looking at the state of health care and social care in England. The report looks at trends, shares examples of good and outstanding care, and highlights where care needs to improve. This year’s report shone a spotlight on care for people suffering from mental illness or living with learning disabilities.  A summary of the report can be accessed here.


General Optical Council (GOC)

The GOC has commenced the Education Strategic Review with its appointment of two Expert Advisory Groups which will examine four key areas:

  • Learning Outcomes for students
  • Education Standards for providers
  • A common assessment framework
  • A standards evaluation (QA) framework (SEF).

The review is set to be complete by the end of July 2020, with implementation to be phased in between September 2022 and September 2024.


Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

The SRA launched its new Standards and Regulations on 25 November 2019 following four years of development, including four consultations and input from 35,000 people. The reforms aim to reduce and simplify the number of rules that solicitors must comply with, opening up the possibilities for solicitors to work outside a traditional law firm.  The Standards and Regulations can be accessed here and our blog series regarding the same can be accessed here.



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