Westminster Health Forum

Reform to professional healthcare regulation in the UK


This conference will consider the next steps for reforming professional healthcare regulation in the UK.

This timely conference follows the government response to the Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation consultation, which looks at proposals for achieving a more responsive regulatory system and to modernise the fitness to practise process.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Policy priorities moving forward following the government response to consultation;
  • The impact of changes to professional healthcare regulators, healthcare professionals, and patients; and
  • Supporting the workforce and developing education and training.

Speakers and Chairs

There will be keynote contributions from: John Barwick, Interim Chief Executive and Deputy Registrar, Health and Care Professions Council; Alan Clamp, Chief Executive, Professional Standards Authority; Charlie Massey, Chief Executive, General Medical Council; Colum Conway, Chief Executive, Social Work England; Professor Sheona MacLeod, Deputy Medical Director for Education Reform, Health Education England; and Jon Restell, Chief Executive, Managers in Partnership.

Further confirmed speakers include: Michele Golden, NHS Resolution; Dr Judith Graham, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust; Dr Clea Harmer, Sands; Dr Rob Hendry, Medical Protection Society; Nicola Hill, Kingsley Napley; Dr Paula Holt, University of Derby and Council of Deans of Health; Dr Rinesh Parmar, The Doctors’ Association UK; Clare Strickland, Nursing and Midwifery Council and Dr Matthew Tuck, BMA.

The chairs are Baroness Cumberlege, Independent Chair, National Maternity Review, NHS England and Rt Hon the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath.

The agenda in summary

  • Opportunities for regulatory autonomy and streamlining the fitness to practise process;
  • The impact of the government response to Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation;
  • Fostering professionalism through education and training;
  • Reshaping regulation and enabling change - the journey of a new specialist social work regulator;
  • Assessing the future scope of regulation - risk, regulating managerial roles, and individual and organisational accountability;
  • Maintaining standards going forward - ensuring accountability, supporting collaboration, and improving flexibility;
  • Implementing reform - supporting the workforce, addressing indemnity costs, and promoting a learning culture; and
  • Next steps in the reform of professional regulation.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Health Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: DHSC; the MHRA; HSE; the NAO and DIT.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates