The College of Social Work publishes new CPD resource for Approved Mental Health Professionals [UK] – 23 September 2013

Posted on September 27, 2013. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Social Work | Tags: , , , |

The College of Social Work publishes new CPD resource for Approved Mental Health Professionals [UK] – 23 September 2013

“The College of Social Work has published a new mapping tool to demonstrate how competencies required by social workers working as Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) meet professional development requirements for regulatory registration.

The tool is designed to enable social worker AMHPs to map their continuing professional development (CPD) targets within The College’s Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) to the standards of proficiency they need to meet for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The PCF mapping document was devised by members of the AMHP leads network together with TCSW and its own AMHP community of interest.”

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Effective governance to support medical revalidation – General Medical Council [UK] – 1 March 2013

Posted on March 5, 2013. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Medicine, Patient Safety, Workforce | Tags: , , , , |

Effective governance to support medical revalidation – General Medical Council [UK] – 1 March 2013

A new guide to help Boards check their organisations are placing quality and safety at the heart of their services for patients is published today.

‘Effective governance to support medical revalidation’ is a handbook for Boards and governing bodies to help them assess if their organisations have strong enough systems in place to support quality patient care and revalidation.

The General Medical Council (GMC) developed the handbook in partnership with England’s Care Quality Commission, Monitor, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, Northern Ireland’s Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority as well as the Government Procurement Service.

Revalidation – which this handbook is designed to support – is a new system of checks on doctors and was launched by the GMC in December 2012 to provide patients with greater confidence that UK doctors are keeping up to date and fit to practise.

Doctors need access to a regular appraisal focusing on the GMC’s professional standards and their organisation’s clinical governance systems to complete their revalidation. Organisations need these same systems to be working effectively to deliver safe and high quality care to patients.”

… continues

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Medical Revalidation – Costs and Benefits. Analysis of the costs and benefits of medical revalidation in England – November 2012

Posted on November 21, 2012. Filed under: Medicine | Tags: , |

Medical Revalidation – Costs and Benefits. Analysis of the costs and benefits of medical revalidation in England – November 2012

“This report presents the evidence underpinning the development of the policy and considers the impact and value for money of implementing the planned system. The analysis concludes that revalidation, when undertaken according to the recommended appraisal model, carries benefits which are shown to outweigh the costs. Overall, revalidation is shown to be a proportionate and cost-effective means of delivering the policy objectives.”

Medical Revalidation – Equality Analysis. Equality analysis on the potential impact on doctors completing revalidation – November 2012

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Cost benefit and equality analysis for medical revalidation published – Dept of Health [England] – 6 November 2012

Posted on November 12, 2012. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Medicine | Tags: , |

Cost benefit and equality analysis for medical revalidation published – Dept of Health [England] – 6 November 2012

“The Department of Health’s analysis of the anticipated costs and benefits of medical revalidation and the equality impacts is published.

On 19 October 2012, the Secretary of State for health announced that medical revalidation will be introduced to strengthen the regulation of licensed doctors in the UK. Revalidation will be a five-yearly process, giving doctors a clear framework to reflect on and improve their quality of care, as well as providing assurance to patients and the public that doctors are keeping up to date and remain fit to practise.”

… continues

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2012 Review of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003: A discussion document – NZ Ministry of Health – 31 August 2012

Posted on September 10, 2012. Filed under: Health Professions, Workforce | Tags: |

2012 Review of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003: A discussion document – NZ Ministry of Health – 31 August 2012

“This publication is about a review of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (the Act).

The main purpose of the HPCA Act is to protect the health and safety of the public. The review will look at how HPCA Act is functioning within the wider health system and how it (or the broader regulatory environment) could be improved. International trends in health occupational regulation point to a strengthening of consumer protection, standardisation of legislation and the design of institutions, and improving the performance of regulatory authorities and considering these trends will form part of the review.

The scope of this review has been agreed by Cabinet and will ensure the Act retains the ability to safeguard health practitioners’ competence; but in a way that supports the delivery of the workforce required both now and for the future.

The Review will assess how:”

… continues on the website

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Strategic Review of the Nursing and Midwifery Council [UK] – 3 July 2012

Posted on July 4, 2012. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce | Tags: , |

Strategic Review of the Nursing and Midwifery Council [UK] – 3 July 2012

“Nursing and Midwifery Council has problems ‘at every level’ and is at risk of losing public confidence

The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence review team was called in by Anne Milton, Minister for Public Health, in January to see why the NMC was failing to improve, particularly in its handling of cases about nurses’ and midwives’ fitness to practise. The report, published on 3 July, highlighted problems ‘at every level’.

The NMC’s long standing problems include confusion about its regulatory purpose, weak governance, poor planning, unreliable management information, and inadequate information technology. The NMC is currently recruiting a Chair and Chief Executive. This report makes 15 recommendations for changes in leadership, culture, finance and operational management. It calls for the new leaders to ‘lead by example’ to change the culture of the organisation and rebuild the confidence of its staff, the public, nurses, and midwives.”

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Performance review 2011 / 2012 – Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence – July 2012

Posted on July 4, 2012. Filed under: Health Professions, Workforce | Tags: , |

Performance review 2011 / 2012 – Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence – July 2012

“Every year we review the performance of the regulators. We do this to check that they are carrying out their legal responsibilities and are promoting the health, safety and well-being of patients and the public. We also identify areas where regulators are doing well and those where they can improve. We measure the regulators’ performance against a set of standards that cover all areas of their work:

Standards and guidance
Registration
Fitness to practise
Education and training

We report our findings to the UK Parliament.”

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Standards of proficiency – Social workers in England – Health Professions Council – 25 June 2012

Posted on June 26, 2012. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: , |

Standards of proficiency – Social workers in England – Health Professions Council – 25 June 2012

“Social workers in England will be regulated by the HPC (to be renamed the Health and Care Professions Council – HCPC) from Wednesday 1 August 2012.

The standards of proficiency (SoPs) set out what a social worker in England should know, understand and be able to do when they complete their social work training so that they can register with the HCPC. They set out clear expectations of a social worker’s knowledge and abilities when they start practising.

The work to set the standards of proficiency for social workers in England has developed alongside the work of the Social Work Reform Board. One outcome of the Reform Board, the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), is now managed by the College of Social Work.

The PCF describes the capabilities required of social workers at all stages of their career, whilst the SoPs set out what a social worker must know, understand and be able to do when they start practising for the first time.

As both the PCF and the SoPs were produced at the same time and will both be used by social work stakeholders, we have worked with The College of Social Work to map the SoPs to the PCF so that stakeholders can see how the two documents interact. We have published the mapping below.

We have also published a joint statement with The College of Social Work on the interactions between teh PCF and the SoPs. Click here to read our position statement.”

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Perspectives on the Professional Qualifications Directive – European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies – 29 November 2011

Posted on December 20, 2011. Filed under: Health Professions, Workforce | Tags: , |

Perspectives on the Professional Qualifications Directive – European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies – 29 November 2011

An issue of Eurohealth vol 17 no 4 2011.

Articles include:
The free movement of professionals – a UK regulators’s perspective
The professional qualifications directive green paper – a UK physicians’ perspective
Regulating nursing qualifications across Europe – a case of unintended consequences

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Remediation report – Department of Health [UK] – 15 December 2011

Posted on December 19, 2011. Filed under: Health Professions, Medicine | Tags: |

Remediation report – Department of Health [UK] – 15 December 2011

“The focus of this report is to address clinical competence and capability issues occurring in doctors no longer in the training grades.”

Extract

“Revalidation will provide a positive affirmation that licensed doctors remain up to date and fit to practise throughout their career. As part of the annual appraisal process doctors will need to demonstrate how they are meeting the principles and values set out in Good Medical Practice (GMP), the General Medical Council’s (GMC) core guidance for doctors.

This guidance is based on the GMP Framework for appraisal. Revalidation is based on this guidance and will form the basis of a standard approach for appraisal. It will demand consistent processes for appraisal, including feedback from patients and colleagues. As such, it is expected that the new system will, over time, help to raise the quality of the medical workforce, by supporting doctors in continually updating their professional skills to deliver a service to patients. However, the new processes will inevitably identify some doctors whose competence gives cause for concern and for whom, if they are to revalidate, some form of remediation will be needed.

The Department of Health asked the Remediation Steering Group to look at how well remediation of clinical competence and capability issues works now in the NHS in England. We were asked to consider whether there are options for improving the way this is managed and delivered, so that doctors can access the support they need when they need it and patient safety can be assured. The Group had a great deal of first hand experience of tackling performance issues. We were also able to draw on both existing materials and research, as well as a survey undertaken especially to support this work.

We found that whilst there was much good practice in managing clinical competence and capability concerns, it was still an area that many employers and contracting bodies found difficult to manage. Providing suitable remediation packages was also challenging and was often difficult and very expensive. Indeed, it appeared that ignoring a problem until it became a crisis, sometimes seemed to be the easiest solution.

The Group developed a set of principles that should be followed when tackling poor performance:”

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Professional Boundaries: Guidance for social workers – General Social Care Council (GSCC) UK – 21 November 2011

Posted on November 23, 2011. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: |

Professional Boundaries: Guidance for social workers – General Social Care Council (GSCC) UK – 21 November 2011

“GSCC issues guidance to help social workers manage professional boundaries

The General Social Care Council (GSCC) today launched its Professional Boundaries Guidance for the social work sector. The aim of the guidance is to increase public protection by supporting social workers to practise ethically and safely by encouraging reflection on professional boundaries issues.

The GSCC’s analysis of its conduct cases has shown that professional boundaries breaches are a recurring trend. Data collected by the GSCC shows that misconduct in about a fifth of all its cases involved inappropriate relationships which is one of a number of ways in which professional boundaries can be crossed. Cases have included social workers allowing service users to visit their home, sharing their personal phone number, buying service users gifts, and failing to declare contact outside working hours. 

Following concern about the high volume of professional boundary cases, the GSCC commissioned research by Sheffield Hallam University and the charity WITNESS (now Clinic for Boundaries Studies) on the issue. The key messages from these research reports were, firstly, the considerable harm that professional boundaries violations can have on service users and, secondly, the inadvisability of attempting to address this problem through issuing a list of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’.”

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Medical revalidation: what employers need to know and do – NHS Employers – 15 November 2011

Posted on November 22, 2011. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Medicine, Workforce | Tags: |

Medical revalidation: what employers need to know and do  – NHS Employers – 15 November 2011

“Medical revalidation is the process by which all doctors with a licence to practise in the UK will need to satisfy the General Medical Council (GMC), at regular intervals that they are fit to practise and should retain that licence.

This Briefing ‘Medical revalidation: what employers need to know and do’provides a timeline of activity so far, a checklist of actions that organisations need to carry out if they are to be ready for the introduction of revalidation ready and a list of the key milestones ahead. It also provides an update on the following key areas:

the role and training of responsible officers
appraisal and appraiser capacity
portfolios of supporting information and information management
working across organisational boundaries
changes in NHS organisations and structure
handling and responding to concerns.”

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Consultation on student fitness to practise and registration – HPC Health Professions Council [UK] – 1 November 2011

Posted on November 2, 2011. Filed under: Allied Health, Educ for Hlth Professions, Health Professions, Social Work | Tags: , , |

Consultation on student fitness to practise and registration – HPC Health Professions Council [UK] – 1 November 2011

“We are seeking the views of all of our stakeholders on the most effective way of assuring the fitness to practise of students. This includes seeking views about the voluntary registration of student social workers in England

In 2012, the General Social Care Council (GSCC) is due to be abolished and the regulation of social workers in England transferred to the HPC. The GSCC currently registers social work students. The HPC does not register students.

The Health and Social Care Bill 2011, currently before parliament, would also allow the HPC to set up voluntary registers of students studying on programmes which lead to registration. Opening a voluntary register would be subject to undertaking an assessment of the likely impact of setting up the register and holding a public consultation.

In light of the above, we are seeking the views of all of our stakeholders on the most effective way of assuring the fitness to practise of students. This includes seeking views about the voluntary registration of student social workers in England.
In the consultation we do not make any specific proposals – for example, we are not proposing that students should or should not be registered in any of the professions, including social work. However, the responses to the consultation will inform our decisions about student fitness to practise and registration, including whether:

•the HPC’s current approach to student fitness to practise should be maintained across the Register; or
•the HPC should maintain a voluntary register of social work students in England; and/or
•the HPC should establish any voluntary registers of students for some or all of the existing HPC regulated professions.”

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Professionalism in healthcare professionals – report – HPC Health Professions Council [UK] – 26 October 2011

Posted on October 31, 2011. Filed under: Health Professions, Workforce | Tags: |

Professionalism in healthcare professionals – report – HPC Health Professions Council [UK] – 26 October 2011

“The Health Professions Council has published the fourth in a series of research reports: Professionalism in healthcare professionals.

The report looks at research conducted by Durham University, focusing on three HPC-regulated professions: chiropodists / podiatrists, occupational therapists and paramedics, and explores their understanding of what professionalism means and how it develops. The study also looks at perceptions of unprofessional behaviour as well as the contribution of standards, context and role models.

Participating organisations were recruited to reflect the different training routes for the three professions, with students and classroom / placement educators interviewed on topics ranging from attitudes and behaviour to uniform. The results were analysed to identify emergent themes and recommendations for further work outlined.”

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GMC consults on two future pillars of medical professionalism: CPD guidance and revalidation regulations – General Medical Council – 17 October 2011

Posted on October 26, 2011. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Health Professions, Medicine | Tags: , |

GMC consults on two future pillars of medical professionalism: continuing professional development guidance and revalidation regulations – General Medical Council – 17 October 2011

“Press Release”

The GMC has set out new proposals for how it will support doctors’ professional development, and what will be expected of doctors themselves, in two consultations launched today.

Doctors have a duty to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date and, for most doctors, this is an integral part of their professionalism and desire to provide better care for patients. However, with the introduction of revalidation from late 2012, all doctors will for the first time have to show they are up-to-date with their practice on a regular basis.
 
The first consultation launched today asks for feedback on what doctors and employers should be doing on CPD and how the GMC can support doctors in keeping up-to-date, as CPD will play an important role in doctors’ revalidation.

The second consultation seeks views on the supporting regulations that will set out the legal powers, rights and responsibilities which underpin the revalidation process.”

… continues on the site

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HPC launches consultations for regulation of social workers in England – 18 July 2011

Posted on August 10, 2011. Filed under: Health Professions, Social Work, Workforce | Tags: |

HPC launches consultations for regulation of social workers in England – 18 July 2011

“HPC launches consultations on its standards of proficiency and threshold level of qualification for social workers in England

The Health Professions Council (HPC) has today launched two  consultations to invite stakeholders for their views on first, its standards of proficiency for social workers in England and second,  the threshold level of qualification for entry to the social workers part of the Register.

In July 2010 the UK Government published ‘Liberating the NHS: Report of the arm’s-length bodies review’ which said that the regulation of social workers in England would transfer from the General Social Care Council (GSCC) to the HPC.

When the HPC regulates a profession it sets the standards of proficiency for that profession. These are the threshold standards for safe and effective practice that outline what a professional must know, understand and be able to do on entry to the Register. A professional on our Register, called a registrant, also has to meet the standards of proficiency which are relevant to their area of practice. The standards of proficiency therefore play a key role in ensuring public protection.”  … continues on the site

Consultation on the draft standards of proficiency for social workers in England 18/07/2011 – 18/11/2011

Consultation on the threshold level of qualification for entry to the Register for social workers in England 18/07/2011 – 18/11/2011

 

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The Good Medical Practice Framework for appraisal and revalidation – [UK] General Medical Council – April 2011

Posted on April 19, 2011. Filed under: Health Professions, Medicine | Tags: , |

The Good Medical Practice Framework for appraisal and revalidation – [UK] General Medical Council – April 2011

Press release 7 April 2011

“The GMC has launched new appraisal guidance for revalidation that is designed to make the process simple and straightforward.

We hope that our guidance will introduce greater consistency and ensure that what we are asking doctors to do is realistic and straightforward. We want appraisals to be rewarding and useful, not time-consuming or difficult.

Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of the GMC
It sets out how doctors can show that they are meeting the professional standards on which good practice is founded. It also outlines the core information that all doctors will need to bring to their annual appraisal, regardless of where they work in the UK or their area of practice.

The guidance is intended to help doctors and employers prepare for the launch of revalidation at the end of 2012.  Employers are being asked to make sure that every doctor can access the supporting information outlined in the guidance.”  … continues in the press release

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Fitness to practise audit report. Audit of health professional regulatory bodies’ initial decisions [UK] – March 2011

Posted on April 5, 2011. Filed under: Health Professions, Workforce | Tags: , |

Fitness to practise audit report.  Audit of health professional regulatory bodies’ initial decisions [UK] – March 2011
Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence

From the Executive Summary:

1.1 This is CHRE’s second annual audit of the ‘initial stages’ of the fitness to practise process of the nine health professional regulatory bodies that we oversee. We conducted these audits between May 2010 and February 2011. We audited fitness to practise cases that the regulators had closed without referral to a final stage fitness to practise hearing.

1.2 The overall purpose of the audit is to ensure that the regulators’ decisions protect the public and maintain public confidence in the professions and system of regulation. We looked for evidence of risks to public protection or public confidence as a result of each regulator’s case-handling procedures and standards. …continues

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Government [UK] Response to the House of Commons Health Select Committee: fourth report of session 2010-11: the revalidation of doctors – 29 March 2011

Posted on March 30, 2011. Filed under: Medicine, Workforce | Tags: |

Government [UK] Response to the House of Commons Health Select Committee: fourth report of session 2010-11: the revalidation of doctors –  29 March 2011

Product number: isbn: 9780101802826
Cm 8028

“We are today publishing the Government’s response to the House of Commons Select Committee’s report ‘Revalidation of doctors: fourth report of session 2010-11’. Patients and the public have the right to expect that the doctors who care for them are up to date and fit to practise and the Government welcomes the report of the Health Select Committee.

The Department will continue to support the work of the General Medical Council and other partners to design and properly test a proportionate and streamlined system for revalidation that is right for the professsion, the health sector, patients and the public.”

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The Patient Voice in Revalidation: a discourse analysis – Picker Institute Europe – February 2011

Posted on February 21, 2011. Filed under: Health Professions, Medicine, Patient Participation | Tags: , |

The Patient Voice in Revalidation: a discourse analysis – Picker Institute Europe – February 2011
ISBN 1 905945 -24-8 and 978-1-905945-24-5

“This report presents the findings of a discourse analysis of the patient voice in published documents on medical revalidation. It has been prepared in collaboration with Marion Lynch to inform the work of the South Central Strategic Health Authority Revalidation Board.

The aim of the study was to analyse documents in the public domain to determine where and how the patient is located within discourses about medical revalidation.”

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Analysis report on the 2009 consultation on the statutory regulation of practitioners of acupuncture, herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and other traditional medicine systems practised in the UK – 16 February 2011

Posted on February 21, 2011. Filed under: Complementary & Altern Care, Workforce | Tags: |

Analysis report on the 2009 consultation on the statutory regulation of practitioners of acupuncture, herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and other traditional medicine systems practised in the UK – 16 February 2011

“This document is a factual analysis of the responses received to the consultation on whether, and if so how, to regulate practutioners of acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, held in 2009.”

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Extending professional and occupational regulation: the report of the Working Group on Extending Professional Regulation – UK – 16 July 2009

Posted on July 17, 2009. Filed under: Health Professions | Tags: , |

Extending professional and occupational regulation: the report of the Working Group on Extending Professional Regulation

Document type:      Report
Author:  UK   Department of Health
Published date:      16 July 2009

This is the final report of the Extending Professional Regulation Working Group. The Working Group arose from a recommendation in the White Paper Trust, Assurance, Safety.  The Report makes recommendation to Government as to how decision making on extending regulation could be taken forward.  Any recommendations which are progressed and which involve a change of policy would require public consultation, equality and economic impact assessment, and be subject to the costs being affordable within available resources.

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