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a green cross imageJune 14 2018

A new report has recommended that healthcare regulators should offer equality and diversity standards training for hearing panel members.

The Williams Review said that it had “heard that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) registrants are overrepresented in the fitness to practise processes of a number of healthcare professional regulators.” 

While regulators have taken steps to ensure that fitness to practise processes are fair, it has recommended that “professional regulators should ensure that fitness to practise panel members have received appropriate equality and diversity training.” 

The recommendations are included in the report following the rapid policy review conducted by Professor Sir Norman Williams. The Health Secretary had commissioned the review in February following concerns over the way a doctor had been treated by the General Medical Council following the death of a patient in the hospital doctor’s care.

The review makes recommendations “to support a more just and learning culture in the healthcare system” and covers:

  • the process for investigating gross negligence manslaughter;
  • reflective practice of healthcare professionals;
  • the regulation of healthcare professionals.

“The panel recognises that the factors which lead to the over-representation of BAME professionals in fitness to practise proceedings are complex and are not solely within the control of the regulators. However, the regulators should continue to take steps to ensure that their processes are fair to all registrants,” said the Williams Review.

It noted that the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), the overarching health professions regulator, has consulted on proposals to include equality and diversity standards in its Standards of Good Regulation. “These are welcome steps, and the panel recognises that progress has been made to ensure that regulatory processes are sensitive to potential unconscious bias about certain groups of professionals.”

Links:
DHSC announcement on the Williams review     
‘Gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare’ report. 

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