Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

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The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) oversees statutory bodies that regulate health professionals in the United Kingdom and social care in England.[1] Where occupations are not subject to statutory regulation, it sets standards for those organisations that hold voluntary registers and accredits those that meet them.

Until 30 November 2012 it was known as the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE). It is an independent body, which is accountable to the Parliament of the United Kingdom.[2] It assesses the performance of each regulator, conducts audits, scrutinises their decisions and reports to Parliament. It seeks to achieve balance in the oversight of regulation through the application of the concept of right-touch regulation.[3]

The Authority has several stated aims: sharing good practice and knowledge, conducting research and introducing new ideas to the health and social care sector. It monitors policy developments in the UK and internationally and provides advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care. It also aims to promote the health, safety and well-being of users of health and social care services and the public.

Oversight of the regulators[edit]

The Authority covers the 9 statutory bodies that regulate health professionals in the UK and social workers in England:[4]

Voluntary registers[edit]

The Accredited Voluntary Registers scheme sets out various standards applicable to organisations that deal with occupations that are not statutorily regulated.[5] In order to use the PSA accreditation mark, organisations that hold voluntary registers must prove that they meet these standards.[6]

In September 2014 there were 13 organisations with voluntary registers that had been given accreditation.[7]

Accreditation of a voluntary register does not mean that the PSA endorses a particular approach or therapy.[8] The Authority is not concerned whether any of the methodologies used by societies on this scheme have any scientific validity. It regards the question of scientific veracity as a matter of opinion.[9]

History[edit]

The authority was set up under section 222 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.[10] Its predecessor, the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence was set up under the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002.

As it covers the regulation of health professionals across the UK the devolved administrations funded it in line with the Barnett formula.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Overseeing regulators". Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Health watchdogs and authorities: About the Professional Standards Authority". NHS choices. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Right-touch regulation". Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence. August 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Regulators: Statutory Regulators Directory". Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Accredited Voluntary Registers: Standards for organisations holding a voluntary register for health and social care occupations". Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Voluntary registers: About accreditation". Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Voluntary registers: The Accredited Registers Directory". Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Press release: Independent quality mark for homeopaths". Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Outcry as register of homeopaths gets official backing". 
  10. ^ "Health and Social Care Act 2012: Part 7: The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care". UK Government. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Regulation of Healthcare Professionals". Scottish Government. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 

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