The Regulation of Healthcare Professionals: The Law, Principle and Process


The Regulation of Healthcare Professionals: The Law, Principle and Process

Jun 2019
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The Regulation of Healthcare Professionals: Law, Principle and Process, second edition provides detailed guidance on the law and practice relating to disciplinary procedures in the health care field. It is a unique “one-stop” practitioner text, and essential reference for all legal representatives; legal assessors; members of Fitness to Practise Panels; and policy makers operating in the field of health care regulation and fitness to practise.
The new edition apart from incorporating all recent developments in the area, also includes an analysis of Professional Standard Authority’s views on the future of fitness to practise, an orientating chapter on Scottish law alongside a detailed examination of the duty of candour and the developing case law on dishonesty


  • Provides detailed analysis of the policy and legal framework governing the regulation of health care professionals in the UK
  • Sets out the regulatory framework within which healthcare professionals must operate
  • Establishes the meaning and concept of fitness to practise
  • Explains the professional educational and vocational requirements for becoming and continuing to practise as a healthcare professional
  • Details the process of disciplinary hearings if the healthcare regulations or professional standards were not complied with
  • Deals with the penalties which can be imposed if non-compliance is proven and the appeals procedure available
  • Examines the powers and responsibilities of the nine regulatory authorities and their plans for reform
  • Scrutinizes the Professional Standard Authority’s thinking on “right touch regulation” and the future of fitness to practise
  • Covers all aspect of the Fitness to Practise process, including human rights considerations; interim orders; “real prospect test”; drafting the charge; evidence and procedure before Fitness to Practise Panels
  • Includes regulation by the Care Quality Commission; and Complaints and Discipline in the NHS in England
  • Analyses the principles governing (and differences between) the three appellate jurisdictions namely Registrant appeals, Professional Standards Authority and the new General Medical Council’s right of appeal
  • Explains and analyses the case law on “diffidence” as introduced by the Supreme Court, a concept previously known as deference
  • Includes analyses of Scottish law, evidence and procedure and relevant Scottish jurisprudence