The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) has welcomed the positive endorsement of its work by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA)– the body responsible for monitoring the performance of UK healthcare professional regulators.

The annual Performance Review Report, published today, concludes that the GOsC once again maintains
its effectiveness as a regulator.

Key achievements noted by the PSA over the last year include:

-cooperation and collaboration with the British Osteopathic Association,
Osteopathic Alliance, National Council for Osteopathic Research and the Council
of Osteopathic Educational Institutions on a shared agenda for the development
of the osteopathic profession work to encourage membership of regional societies and to incorporate these
societies into our planning for continuing fitness to practise.

-commissioning of research into the effectiveness of regulation plans to review the GOsC’s education
quality assurance process a promotional campaign to raise awareness of osteopaths as regulated
professionals development of a new quality improvement framework for our fitness to practise
process.

Tim Walker, the GOsC’s Chief Executive, said:
“We welcome the PSA’s report and are pleased they have recognised the important work we have done over the last year to seek to ensure the highest standard of osteopathic practice and patient care for the benefit of patients.”

In common with all the health professions’ regulators, the performance of the GOsC is reviewed annually by the PSA to check it is effectively protecting the public and maintaining confidence in the osteopathic profession.

All regulators’ performance is measured against a set of standards that cover different areas of work including guidance and standards, education and training, registration and complaints handling.

The full performance review report is available on the PSA’s website at:
http://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/library/document