Annual regulation survey

Proportionate, risk based regulation is fundamental to building public confidence in the NHS and assuring standards of care for patients and the public. It is however essential to remember that while regulation plays a role, it cannot substitute for strong and proactive local leadership. It rightly remains the responsibility of NHS provider boards to engender learning cultures, in which frontline staff feel empowered to raise and rectify issues of concern at an early stage. 

The below reports outline the results of NHS Providers' annual member surveys on the regulatory regime, carried out in January 2017. Based on these results and the ongoing dialogue we have with our members and the regulators, we explore both the benefits and the burden of regulation experienced by NHS trusts and foundation trusts and consider how the burden may be impacting on their ability to drive improvement and service change, and what needs to change to mitigate this.

We will repeat the survey at yearly intervals to inform our understanding of the benefits, challenges and trends within the regulatory framework for the NHS provider sector. 

NHS Providers is committed to working with the provider sector and all of the national bodies with regulatory responsibilities to ensure that the results of our survey and ongoing insight we gather from our members are used constructively, to inform the development of the regulatory regime. We welcome the regulators' ongoing engagement with us on these important issues, their input into the development of this survey and their commitment to acting on the results. 

Available survey reports:

The changing nature of regulation in the NHS - 2018

The impact of regulation in a shifting environment – 2017

Maximising the value from the regulatory approach - 2015

Finding the balance: regulation of NHS providers - 2014


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