Second International Congress on Professional 
and Occupational Regulation

London  |  July 7-8, 2011

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Thursday 7 July, 2011

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.  Welcome
Attendees will be welcomed to London and the Congress by CLEAR's President, Faye Lemon, Director of Enforcement, Virginia Department of Health Professions

9:15  - 10:15 a.m.  Setting the Stage (Keynote Presentation)
Occupational Licensing: Protecting the Public or Protectionism?
Occupational licensing provides an example of one of the essential tasks of democratic societies, which is to establish a proper balance between freedom and order. The policy issue of occupational regulation involves the role of government in reconciling the special interests of the members of the occupation with the general concerns of the public. The presentation examines how occupational regulation has grown, why it has expanded, and the consequences for the licensees, consumers of their services, and society.
Speaker: Morris Kleiner, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
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10:45 – 12 noon 

Establishing Priorities, Challenges and Opportunities in Occupational Regulation (Discussion Groups)
Roundtable Discussion Groups will provide attendees from a variety of professions and international jurisdictions with an opportunity to share challenges and best practices related to the most current and pressing issues in occupational and professional regulation.

12 noon – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. 

 Workforce Planning and Entry to Practice
Right Touch Regulation

Right-touch regulation means always asking what risk we are trying to regulate, being proportionate and targeted in regulating that risk or finding ways other than regulation to promote good practice and high-quality healthcare. It is the minimum regulatory force required to achieve the desired result. The concept has developed through our oversight role of the health professional regulators. It builds upon the principles of good regulation, identified by the Better Regulation Executive: proportionate, consistent, targeted, transparent, accountable. To these we added a sixth principle of agility. Agility in regulation means looking forward to anticipate change rather than looking back to prevent the last crisis from happening again.
Speaker: Harry Cayton, Chief Executive, Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, United Kingdom
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Workforce Planning and Entry to Practice will focus on the role economic pressures and workforce shortages are playing in the regulation of professions and occupations. Barriers to labor mobility will be considered, as will the challenges in ensuring both technical and cultural competence.
Speaker: David Szafran, Secretary general, Institute of Registered Auditors (Royal Institute), Belgium
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3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 

Workforce Planning and Entry to Practice (Discussion Groups)
Fairness in Canadian Public Policy and its Effect on Registration Practices

Fairness is an important value in Canadian public policy that impacts regulation and policy development in many fields. In professional regulation, this paradigm of fairness has recently brought about the development of oversight legislation and organizations (called "Fairness Commissioners" in some jurisdictions) that oversee the registration practices of regulators in order to decrease barriers to labour mobility. In this session, participants will be presented with a summary and analysis of the current challenges for regulators in Canada to ensure "fairness" in registration processes, both for inter-provincial and international applicants.

Speaker: Wendy Martin, Partner/Senior Consultant, Inspiration Point Consulting
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Following the presentation, attendees will break into roundtable discussion groups for focused discussion related to the key points from the afternoon presentations.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  pre-dinner reception

Friday 8 July, 2011

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.  The Regulatory Continuum and the Role of the Regulator

The Regulatory Continuum and the Role of the Regulator will ask: who regulates, how is this task carried out, and is there an optimal model? The role of the profession/occupation will be considered, as will the part government and other critical stakeholders play. The latest trends in roles, structures, and levels of oversight will be reviewed and discussed.
Speaker: Anna van der Gaag, Council Chair, United Kingdom Health Professions Council
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Meta-regulation of professional standards and the UK Financial Services Authority
Professional Associations Research Network (PARN) has been working with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) supporting the coming regulation of retail investment advisers as professionals. The FSA decided that it would not regulate individual advisers directly, but rather that it would act as a meta-regulator or super-regulator, developing guidelines for other organisations (largely professional bodies) who will act as direct advisers. This is a new approach to regulation on the part of the FSA which had been confined to regulating financial services markets, exchanges and firms rather than professionals.  In effect the FSA has had to acquire knowledge of what professional standards regulation is all about and then to pick up on what it will expect not only of investment advisers, but also of direct regulators of the professionals. In particular FSA have been concerned with evidence that regulation will lead to improved outcomes for clients. This session will present models to describe the nature of such evidence as well as other issues FSA has been concerned with in developing its policy which will come into effect by the end of 2012. This presentation will be of interest to professional bodies and regulators interested in developing new ways to assess their performance and support evidence based policy development.
Speaker: Andy Friedman, Professor, University of Bristol and Managing Director, Professional Associations Research Network (PARN)
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10:30 - 12 noon  

The Regulatory Continuum and the Role of the Regulator (Discussion Groups)
On 1 July 2010, the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (the National Law) took effect in Australia. The National Law replaced more than 90 prior Acts and created National Boards for ten professions replacing over 80 State and Territory Boards. Although the legislation is called "the National Law", it is not federal legislation and each State and Territory will continue to deal with notifications and investigations within the respective jurisdiction. In some States and Territories, this includes involvement of a Health Complaints Commissioner or similar public official. This session will provide an overview of changes in the regulation of ten health professions in Australia.

Speaker: Margaret Grant, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Physiotherapy Council
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Following the presentation, attendees will break into roundtable discussion groups for focused discussion related to the key points from the morning presentations.

noon - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.  

Continuing Competence and Ongoing Education
Asking Questions – The Role of Regulatory Research in Ensuring Continuing Competence

To a large extent, healthcare regulation has been an “evidence-free” zone largely informed by anecdotal, traditional and legal considerations.  Regulatory authorities (RAs) are the owners of unique and valuable information regarding the performance of their professions. Innovative partnerships between teams of researchers and RAs will enable RAs to undertake research that would otherwise be beyond their technical capabilities. The RAs are the primary decision making bodies to capitalize on the results of such research activities in their policy making processes.  By asking questions and participating in research, RAs will gain a more nuanced understanding of the personal and environmental factors the impact on professional performance as well as how performance can be best maintained and improved.  Several examples of regulatory based research will be discussed to illustrate that collaborations between researchers and health professional RAs can be conducted ethically, securely and confidentially to provide evidence to support a level of accountability in decision making and will assist the idea of evidence-based regulation become a reality.
Speaker: Elizabeth Wenghofer, Associate Professor, School of Rural and Northern Health, Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario
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A New Continuing Competence Programme: An Individually Tailored, High-Trust Approach
With the goal of reducing the incidence of complaints and competence concerns, the New Zealand Psychologists Board discovered little evidence to support a points-based approach to continuing competence. Instead, they built upon a less directive, more flexible, high-trust model that simply requires each practitioner to conduct a self-reflective review of their competence each year in order to develop their own, custom tailored learning plan for the year. By requiring the involvement of a supervisor in the process blind spots are reduced and reflection is deepened. This presentation will describe the model, the rationale for adopting it, and what has been learned in the first two years it has been operating.

Speaker: Steve Osborne, Chief Executive and Registrar, New Zealand Psychologists Board
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3:15 - 4:45 p.m.  

Continuing Competence and Ongoing Education (Discussion Groups)
Multi-Professional Regulation and CPD
The Health Professions Council (HPC) is a UK regulator of 200,000 health professionals from 15 professions. To remain on the register, all professions must undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The HPC rejected a points or hours based system and uses a novel approach to the audit of CPD. The session will outline how the process works, what impact it has had on the individual professionals and how the audit process has been refined.

Speaker: Mark Potter, Stakeholder Communications Manager, United Kingdom Health Professions Council 
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Following the presentation, attendees will break into roundtable discussion groups for focused discussion related to the key points from the afternoon presentations.

4:45 - 5:00 p.m.  Concluding Remarks
CLEAR's President, Faye Lemon, Director of Enforcement, Virginia Department of Health Professions, will outline some of the key points and learnings from the Congress presentations and discussions.

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