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.
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.
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.