The Department of Health (DH) has launched a ten-week public consultation on proposals to consider regulation of four Medical Associate Professions (MAPs): Mapping out our future
- physician associate (PA)
- physicians’ assistant (anaesthesia) (PA(A))
- surgical care practitioner (SCP)
- advanced critical care practitioner (ACCP)
As these professionals become more widely employed in the health service, it is necessary to explore the options for professional regulation.
The MAPs regulation work has been governed through the HEE MAPs Oversight Board, the members of which have worked with HEE to submit advice to the DH on the case for regulation of the MAPs.
HEE has worked with the DH on the public consultation, which will inform the final decision on the most appropriate regulatory regime required for the four MAPs to protect the public. HEE firmly maintains the belief that all four professions should be regulated under the MAPs ‘umbrella’.
See the consultation here
You will probably know that to support the delivery of Transforming Care, NHS England and partners have commissioned an evaluation of the programme. This is being carried out by The Strategy Unit, ICF (a health research and consultancy company); the British Institute for Learning Disabilities (BILD) and the University of Birmingham.
The main aim of the evaluation is to learn about how effectively local areas are delivering the ambitions set out in Building the Right Support (BRS), to understand how to improve quality and outcomes.
For the latest phase, people around the country are invited to take part in a national survey to describe how TCPs are doing – to hear the views of all involved and to help NHS Englans, partners and local areas to learn and adapt.
You can access the survey using this link. An easy read version is available.
The survey will be from 19 October to 1 December 2017; it will take 15-20 minutes. Views are welcome from everyone, so please share with your wider contacts and networks.
The copy of the letter for TCPs and networks is below.
Following the survey, the evaluation team will be visiting selected TCPs soon to carry out in-depth case study visits, and engage with people with a learning disability, autism or both; local professionals and system leaders in TCPs to examine progress and good practice in greater depth. Case study TCPs have been selected so that a range of types of TCPs are included, with different populations and in different regions. The evaluation team will be contacting selected TCP SROs later in the autumn.
If you have any comments or concerns – please contact Sally Anderson at NHS England and Aidan Moss at the evaluation team.
Evaluation of Building the Right Support
The draft guideline is now live on the NICE website for public consultation here – https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-scwave0770/consultation/html-content-2
The consultation will close on 5pm on Monday 20 November 2017.