Standards and assurance


This section details standards and assurance for employers to be aware of. This includes information on professional regulation, including medical and nursing revalidation, statutory regulation, and voluntary registers for a range of staff groups.

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ESR supporting Care Quality Commission audits

ESR functionality can help provide the data requirements to support certain outcomes within the CQC’s essential standards of quality and safety.


Professional regulation

Regulation exists in many forms, from employer-led to licensing to statutory, with many variations in how to structure and manage processes.

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Social workers in the NHS

Social workers predominantly work with adults, children and families outside of health settings but increasingly they can be found working in the NHS either employed directly or seconded from local authorities. Recent data shows that there are around 1,800 social workers working in the NHS.

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Developing your support workforce

Changes to the healthcare landscape are prompting employers to think differently about developing their support workforce to meet health, financial and workforce challenges.


GMC reports and information

The General Medical Council is the independent regulator for doctors in the UK. They regularly issue reports and guidance useful for employers.

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Leadership and management for all doctors

This page includes information about the General Medical Councils (GMCs) guidance on leadership and management for all doctors. The guidance sets out the principal duties of doctors in the workplace.

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Recognising and approving trainers

Following consultation earlier this year, the General Medical Council (GMC) has agreed a phased process for implementing new arrangements to recognise and approve trainers of all undergraduate medical students and postgraduate medical trainees.

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