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Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Regulators Launch New Framework for Sharing Intelligence

Northern Ireland’s Health and Social Care Regulators have jointly launched a new Intelligence Sharing Framework.

This Framework has been developed by Northern Ireland’s Joint Regulators Forum comprising six professional regulators* responsible for the oversight of individual health and social care professionals, and the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority.

The Framework provides a structured way for the health and social care regulators to share information and discuss issues of concern as they emerge.

By doing so it is planned that regulatory response to concerns will be improved through collaboration, reduce duplication and improve coordination between regulators examining issues of concern.

The Framework does not change the regulatory scope and powers of each of the involved Regulators†.

On behalf of Northern Ireland’s Joint Regulators Forum, RQIA Chief Executive, Briege Donaghy said:

“This is an important step for all the organisations involved, demonstrating our shared commitment to improving patient safety.

“It puts into action learning from Public Inquiries which have demonstrated the need for sharing of information earlier, which has the potential to identify and address risks to patient safety.

“We are committed to supporting the implementation of the framework and working in partnership to help keep people safe.”

The launch of the framework brings Northern Ireland into alignment with the rest of the UK, where similar arrangements are in place. Progress will be reviewed in twelve months to identify impact and areas for further improvement.

You can access the new Framework here.

*Membership of Northern Ireland’s Regulators Forum which developed the Framework for Sharing Intelligence are: the Health & Care Professions Council; the General Dental Council; the General Medical Council; the Northern Ireland Pharmaceutical Society; the Northern Ireland Social Care Council; the Nursing and Midwifery Council; and the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority
†There are no legal requirements underpinning the Framework, and individual forum organisations retain their respective powers and restrictions under their own legislation, which allows appropriate action to be taken where required.