Social Work Regulation (England)

House of Commons Library, December 2016

This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of social work reform and the regulation of the social work profession in England. It also outlines the Government’s proposal for a new social work specific regulator.

Click here to read the briefing paper.


New language ability checks for EU trained healthcare workers

Department of Health, 30 January 2015

The Department of Health have published their response to a consultation on changes to allow professional regulatory bodies to impose language controls on nursing, dental and pharmacy professionals. The vast majority of the 71 responses received support proposals to allow these regulators the power to apply language controls, where appropriate, to healthcare professionals, to ensure they have a sufficient knowledge of the English language to practise safely in the UK.

The amendment Order will be laid in Parliament shortly, which, subject to Parliamentary approval, should be in place by March 2015.

Following another public consultation the regulators will then work to implement these changes through amendments to their rules. The new procedures will come into effect later this year.

Click here to view the consultation response.


Consultation on Updates to the Risk Assessment Framework

Monitor, 16 December 2014

This consultation seeks views on Monitor’s approach to making sure NHS foundation trusts are well run and can continue to provide good quality services for patients. After considering the feedback Monitor will update and publish a revised ‘Risk assessment framework’ in March 2015. The changes will take effect from 1 April 2015.

The consultation closes on 18 February 2015.

Click here to view the consultation document.

Policy alert: Health service bodies auditor panels and their independence

The King’s Fund Blog, 26 August 2014

Department of Health – This consultation seeks views on the regulations on the form and independence of auditor panels for NHS Trusts and CCGs. Consultation document Further information

Click here for further information.

Overseas nurses and midwives ‘face shorter assessments’

BBC News, 27 August 2014

Nurses and midwives who complete their training in hospitals outside Europe will now face shorter tests to check they are fit to work in the UK.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) says its plans include a computer-based exam and tests in simulated clinical scenarios.

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