To set and maintain standards within NHSScotland, healthcare
staff are required to comply with occupational, professional
and/or regulatory standards.
Regulation is one way of monitoring compliance with standards
Regulating an occupational or professional group within the
healthcare workforce can take a number of forms, including:
- Statutory / professional body regulation
- Voluntary body regulation
- Team Regulation
- Peer Regulation
- Employer-led regulation
- Individual self-/ professional-self regulation
Regulation focuses on making sure that members of the occupational
or professional group reach and maintain the minimum standards
expected of that occupational or professional group.
The sole purpose of statutory regulation is to protect the
public and it covers:
- Entry to the professions
- Standards for Professional practice, and
- Standards for Professional conduct
Any form of regulation is however part of a broader framework
covering, for example, complaints and capability procedures,
clinical governance and staff governance frameworks.
Policy sponsorship within the Scottish Government Health
Directorate, for regulation of the healthcare workforce, comes
from the Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland.
How can this information be used?
Employers, employees and others working in NHSScotland can
use this information in a number of ways, including:
- To help managers to analyse how the workforce can help
meet the needs of the service
- To measure a practitioner's performance against nationally-recognised
- To clarify the level of performance expected of a practitioner
within a specific area of practice
- To make links between standards required of the healthcare
workforce and the Knowledge
and Skills Framework
- To provide information to employers, employees, members
of the public and others on the standards that they can
expect from members of the healthcare team, and
- To influence how we:
Develop staff and manage their performance
In addition, members of the public may use this information
to see how the NHS and others regulate healthcare staff.
In this section, you will find information on: