Professional Standards

The Professional Standards Team (PST) in the NHS England and NHS Improvement Medical Directorate provides strategic leadership and operational oversight on behalf of the National Medical Director in relation to NHS England’s statutory functions in respect of doctors, dentists, ophthalmic practitioners and pharmacists.

These functions are derived principally from the Responsible Office Regulations and the Performers Lists Regulations that are statutory instruments that NHS England has responsibility for. They provide a platform for the PST to provide clinical and managerial leadership for clinical professionals to achieve high professional standards and importantly provide a framework to enable action to be taken to protect patients and member of public when necessary. The PST are also central to working with key stakeholders where patients have come to harm to ensure that lessons are learnt, good practice is developed, shared, and embedded in future clinical practice.

The day to day operational aspects of these functions are undertaken in accordance with the legislation and NHS England policy by teams within each region of England. The PST supports them to facilitate their ability to undertake the functions in a legally compliant, consistent, effective, and timely manner.

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