Professional regulation has long been an essential feature of the provision of a safe and effective health service to the general public. This topic covers the key areas of the role of the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and its responsibilities in relation to the professional regulation for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals, Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians and Doctors; plus related guidance around the Health and Care Professions Council, the GMC and National Clinical Assessment Service. The topic also covers the inclusion of the Voluntary Accreditation Register which enables professional bodies representing occupations not currently regulated by statute to volunteer to be assessed against the PSA standards for accreditation.

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