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Health Professions: Misconduct

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 47058, tabled on 10 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report by the Professional Standards Authority entitled Bad apples? Bad barrels? Or bad cellars? Antecedents and processes of professional misconduct in UK Health and Social Care: Insights into sexual misconduct and dishonesty, published in 2017, what steps his Department has taken to implement the recommendations in that report.

Answered on

28 September 2021

The recommendations in the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care’s reports have been used by all of the statutory healthcare regulators as a basis for reviewing and aligning their own guidance to registrants on standards of professional behaviour. In addition, Fitness to Practise Committees consider the guidance when making decisions on sanctions in cases involving sexual misconduct by registrants to ensure they are proportionate and equitable across professions. Regulators have also committed to working with registrants, employers, education providers and other stakeholders to develop more effective ways to prevent sexual misconduct by registrants and to improve the detection of perpetrators of sexual misconduct.