Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for professional healthcare regulation

Morning, Thursday, 21st June 2018

Central London


Following the Department of Health and Social Care’s recent consultation Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation, which seeks to reduce the number of professional healthcare regulators, this seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the next steps for professional healthcare regulation in the UK.

Delegates will assess the potential challenges for implementing a new regulatory system and the opportunities for improving efficiency, professionalism and patient safety.

They will also consider the developing role of the Professional Standards Authority, as it evolves to reflect changes in professional regulation - as well as further key issues around revalidation, training and education.

Further sessions discuss ways forward for supporting the development of a more flexible and responsive workforce, for encouraging joint working, and for improving collaboration with employers and education providers.

Attendees will also discuss the future for the regulation of Medical Associate Professions, in light of the DHSC’s recently closed consultation, and the Government’s commitment to recruit 1,000 physician associates to general practice by 2020.

Guest of Honour

Claire Armstrong

Deputy Director, Professional Regulation, Department of Health and Social Care

Guest of Honour

Claire Armstrong

Deputy Director, Professional Regulation, Department of Health and Social Care

Keynote Speaker

Harry Cayton

Chief Executive, Professional Standards Authority


Baroness Pitkeathley

former Chair, Professional Standards Authority (2009-2015)


Anna Spiteri

Paediatric Physiotherapist and Freedom To Speak Up Guardian, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

Dr Robert Hendry

Medical Director, Medical Protection Society

Marc Seale

Chief Executive and Registrar, Health and Care Professions Council

Jackie Smith

Chief Executive and Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council

Charlie Massey

Chief Executive and Registrar, General Medical Council

Professor Brian Webster-Henderson

Chair, Council of Deans of Health UK and Dean, Learning & Teaching and Professor of Nursing, Edinburgh Napier University

Jeannie Watkins

President, Faculty of Physician Associates and Chair, Professional Standards Sub-Committee, Royal College of Physicians