Accredited Registers and the case for statutory regulation

Voluntary or Statutory Regulation?

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The Academy has long held the view that the best way to protect patients, the public and the interests of the NHS is for all groups within Healthcare Science to be covered by Statutory Regulation.

However, the coalition Government effectively ruled out the extension of statutory regulation with the publication of its February 2011 Command Paper ‘Enabling Excellence: Autonomy and Accountability for Health and Social Care Staff’. This set out the expectation that Assured (now Accredited) Voluntary Registers would be the expected way forward. The command paper stated that extensions to statutory regulation “will only be considered where there is a compelling case on the basis of a public safety risk and where assured voluntary registers are not considered sufficient to manage this risk”.

The Academy believe that delivering a register that has been Accredited by the PSA (Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care) and coordinated across all of Healthcare Science will be an important step forward to delivering towards achieving this aim.

Download a letter from the PSA Accreditation Manager to the AHCS Registrar that outlines how an Accredited Register does not undermine the case for statutory regulation