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avma-consultation-webpageCurrent consultations

Here we list current consultations being conducted by statutory bodies which are relevant to AvMA’s mission of improving patient safety & justice. Please consider responding yourself. Where possible we will provide some guidance about what we will be saying. You may wish to make similar points, or let us know if you think we have got something wrong or missed anything.


Civil Justice Council
The future role of ADR in Civil Justice

An expert working group of the Civil Justice Council (CJC) has published a comprehensive interim report on the existing role and potential future role of ADR (alternate dispute resolution) in civil justice in England and Wales. The CJC is now seeking written submissions on the findings and recommendations of the report, ahead of organising a seminar at which the proposals can be discussed and a final report prepared and submitted to the Government for consideration.

Deadline: 15 December 2017


This consultation seeks views on proposals to introduce statutory regulation for physician associates; to seek further evidence on the most proportionate level of regulation for physicians’ assistants (anaesthesia); and to seek views on the position that statutory regulation of the surgical care practitioner and advanced critical care practitioner roles is not proportionate, and whether alternative options for professional assurance should be considered.

Deadline: 22 December 2017


The Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 sets out the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) powers and duties. Amendments need to be made to the order to provide the NMC with the necessary legal powers to regulate the nursing associate profession. It is intended that aspects and regulatory functions of the legislation will apply to the nursing associate profession in the same way as for nurses and midwives. In amending the legislation, the regulatory framework for nursing associates will be similar to that of nurses and midwives, except where it is necessary to accommodate specific differences in the nursing associate profession.

Deadline: 26 December 2017


Deadline: 10 January 2018


The Department of Health is seeking views on proposals to reform the regulation system for healthcare professionals in the UK. This consultation seeks views on what it needs to do to protect the public as much as possible and at the same time support the development of the workforce.

Deadline: 23 January 2018


Listening to your experiences of a regulator or an accredited register helps the PSA to understand how well they are protecting the public. It helps it to decide whether the regulators meet its Standards of Good Regulation or if accredited registers meet its Standards for Accredited Registers.


Research opportunities

We are from time to time informed of opportunities for patients/families to take part in research connected with patient safety or justice. We will list current opportunities below when we know of any.