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Regulators' Liaison Group

Background

The Regulators Liaison Group was initially established in 2007 to build on the partnership approach to regulation and to explore the interface between the different levels of responsibility for regulation at national and UK levels through to employer level (where an employer exists) and to individual regulation.

This complemented findings highlighted in reports on the review of regulation by Andrew Foster, Director for Workforce at Department of Health, and Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer for England, both of which were published in 2006.

The group evolved following the publication of the White Paper Trust, Assurance and Safety in February 2007 and the Command Paper Enabling Excellence in February 2011:

It was chaired by Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland, and focused on exchanging strategic information relating to regulatory and associated policies in Scotland between the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates, the professional regulatory bodies and the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA).

It met twice a year, with one of these meetings taking the form of a national regulatory event organised by the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates in partnership with the UK professional regulatory bodies.

Purpose of the group

The main purpose of the group was to provide an opportunity to build on the partnership approach to regulation by:

•   Exploring the interface between the different levels of responsibility for regulation at UK, national, local (employer) and individual levels

•   Sharing information across the membership on devolved and other policies which impacts or may impact on the regulation of the healthcare professions and their support workers in Scotland

•    Providing opportunities for dialogue between the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates, the professional regulatory bodies, the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, and Scottish organisations and agencies involved in regulation

•     Planning and overseeing the annual event on regulation as part of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates communications strategy.

 

The Regulators' Liaison Group was stood down in 2017 as it was decided to merge the group with an existing meeting with the regulatory bodies and the Professional Standards Authority. This decision was in the interest of maximising time and resources whilst underlining the Scottish Government’s strong commitment to four-country working on professional regulation.