Invitation to comment on consultations currently open

14, Jul 2017 UKCPA Updates

Invitation to comment on consultations

Please find below list of consultations (NICE and other bodies) relevant to pharmacy, which have been assessed by the RPS and UKCPA and are currently inviting comments.


RPS ref 4164 Reporting and rating NHS trusts’ use of resources. CQC together with NHS Improvement have  started consulting on plans to fully implement the process that both organisations will use to report on how NHS non-specialist acute trusts are using their resources to provide high quality, efficient and sustainable care. They are asking for views on:
• Our proposed approach to working with NHS Improvement to reflect their assessment of trusts’ use of resources in published CQC inspection reports and trust-level ratings.
• How we can best combine the rating that will be awarded for use of resources with CQC’s five trust-level quality ratings, and how we will generate new combined ratings at the trust level.  CQC deadline 10/01/2018

RPS ref 4162 Working Together to Safeguard Children: changes to statutory guidance. This consultation seeks views on significant revisions to ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ – the statutory guidance which sets out what is expected of organisations, individually and jointly, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. These revisions are being made largely to reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017. Department of Education deadline 31/12/2017

RPS ref 4158 Care and support of older people with learning disabilities: Draft guidance consultation. This guideline covers care and support of older people with learning disabilities. It covers identifying and assessing people’s changing needs as they grow older, making information and services accessible, future planning and service delivery and organisation. It aims to ensure that adults with learning disabilities are given help to access services, including health, social care, housing and end of life, that will provide support as they grow older. NICE deadline 15/12/2017

RPS ref 4155 A healthier future – action and ambitions on diet, activity and healthy weight. This consultation document proposes a range of actions to improve diet and weight in Scotland.  It draws on experience of implementing the Obesity Route Map, the learning from tackling other public health challenges such as alcohol use and smoking, and a growing body of evidence on the action necessary to improve the health of the whole population. Scottish Government deadline 31/01/2018

RPS ref 4154 Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation. This consultation seeks views on what we need to do to protect the public as much as possible and at the same time support the development of the workforce. The proposed model of professional regulation will:

  • secure public trust
  • improve clinical practice
  • adapt to developments in healthcare

This consultation is part of the commitment to reform the system of regulation of healthcare professions. The responses will allow the government to consider future options for the development of regulation of healthcare professionals in the UK. Department of Health deadline 23/01/2018

RPS ref 4151 Modernising radiotherapy services in England – Consultation on proposed service specification. NHS England has launched an 8 week consultation on radiotherapy services. The consultation is seeking feedback on a new specification for adult radiotherapy services. Through the consultation, NHS England would like to get more views on these proposals from patients, carers, members of the public, clinicians and anyone else who may have an interest in radiotherapy services. NHS England deadline 18/12/2017

RPS ref 4138 Reflection paper on the use of extrapolation in the development of medicines for paediatrics. The main focus of the document is to provide a framework for extrapolation as a methodology to generate evidence for regulatory assessment in a target population. Specifically the framework addresses the use of quantitative methods to help assess the relevance of existing information in a source population to one or more target population(s) in respect of the disease, the drug pharmacology and clinical response. Based on this, predictions on the expected effects of treatment in the target population can be formulated. These predictions will be conditional on certain assumptions, and a specific extrapolation plan can be developed to address gaps in knowledge and assumptions, so that the totality of available evidence can address the scientific questions of interest for marketing authorisation in the target population. EMA deadline 14/01/2018

RPS ref 4136 Regulation of nursing associates in England. 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. Department of Health deadline 26/12/2017

RPS ref 4135 The regulation of medical associate professions in the UK. In recent years the health service has seen the emergence and increased use of new professional roles within multi-disciplinary teams as part of a continuing drive to provide safe, accessible and high-quality care for patients. Four of these roles are: physician associate (PA), physicians’ assistant (anaesthesia) (PA(A)), surgical care practitioner (SCP), advanced critical care practitioner (ACCP). This consultation seeks your views on the following proposals: To introduce statutory regulation for Pas, To seek further evidence on the most proportionate level of regulation for PA(A)s. To seek views on the position that statutory regulation of the SCP and ACCP roles is not proportionate, and whether alternative options for professional assurance should be considered. Department of Health deadline 22/12/2017

RPS ref 4125 GMC: Updating our expectations of newly qualified doctors in the UK: reviewing the Outcomes for graduates. The GMC are now consulting stakeholders with an interest in the Outcomes for graduates document on the current draft of the outcomes. They are particularly interested in hearing the views of patients and the wider public, medical schools and students, employers and doctors in training on whether anything should be added, what could be taken out and what we should emphasise. GMC deadline 10/01/2018

RPS ref 4119 Consultation on the threshold level of qualification for entry to the Register for paramedics. HCPC are seeking views on changing the threshold level of qualification for entry to the Register for paramedics set out in the first standard of the Standards of education and training (‘SET 1’). This consultation proposes that the level specified in SET 1 for paramedics should be changed, seeking views on what level SET 1 should change to and on timescales for implementation. SET 1 is the contemporary level of education and training considered necessary for entry to the Register. A change in SET 1 would not directly affect existing registered paramedics, or students part way through pre-registration education and training programmes. HCPC deadline 15/12/2017

RPS ref 4078 Reducing off-label use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine to reduce risk of resistance. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched a public consultation on its new “Reflection paper on off-label use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine in the European Union”. EMA deadline 31/01/2018


Should you wish to comment on any of the above, please send your response at least 1 WEEK prior the deadline date given above to Sarah Carter ( This will ensure that all responses can be collated, endorsed by the RPS where appropriate, and submitted to the relevant consulting body by their deadline.