PSA report highlights good regulation in 2018/19

The General Medical Council maintained its track record for meeting regulation standards last year amid a surge in demand for registration.

The Professional Standards Authority performance review for 2018/19 found good practice was upheld in all 24 Standards of Good Regulation across education, registration, standards, and fitness to practise.

The review confirmed an effective approach to managing a rise in registration applications, progress with the credentialing framework and work to promote fairness in fitness to practise processes.

Consultations on new policies and guidance were also considered, including research on consent that targeted groups who may not have engaged otherwise.

Paul Buckley, Director of Strategy and Policy for the GMC, said:

‘We’re proud of last year’s achievements but know, as recent public inquiries have underlined, there is a lot still to do to address gaps in regulation and we aren’t in the least bit complacent.

‘In order to better protect, and listen to, patients, we and other regulators must collaborate and align our approach more effectively.

‘As we strive towards better regulation in 2020, doctors will be supported through fresh ethical guidance, outreach services and efforts to improve flexibility in postgraduate training. Meanwhile, work to introduce the regulation of physician associates and anaesthesia associates is well underway so we’ll be ready when our powers are laid in legislation.

‘With the growing threat of coronavirus, this has already been a uniquely challenging year, but we want doctors and patients to feel assured that we’ll do everything we can to support the medical profession to deliver good medical care’.