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Reforming regulation: our response to the government consultation

15 February 2018

We have responded to the Department of Health and Social Care’s consultation Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation.

The consultation asks questions about how to improve the protection of the public through more efficient, responsive and effective regulation. Responses to the consultation will help the government to consider future options for the development of regulation of health professionals in the UK.

In our response, we say that health professionals and regulators should all have the flexibility to innovate, change and respond to the needs of the people using health and care services, but they must do this within a clear framework of accountability. This will empower the whole system to adapt and improve safely, in the face of change.

We call for changes to our legal framework to improve our ability to regulate effectively, and to give the flexibility we need to be able to respond effectively to external changes. We discuss how reforms to the legal framework for the regulators could improve protection and assurance for patients and the public, and support the professionalism of all health professionals.

We also highlight our unique role as both the regulator of both pharmacy professionals and registered pharmacies. In our response we emphasise that strengthening the regulation of both the professionals and the places in which they work is a critical part of assuring and improving health and social care.

You can find out more about what we said in our response to the consultation by reading Duncan’s blog.

We are committed to playing an active part in all future discussions following the consultation. Ahead of legislative change, we will also continue to further improve how we regulate within our existing legal framework, doing what we can to support and improve the delivery of safe, effective care and uphold trust in pharmacy.

Read our response to the consultation 

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