The Professional Standards Authority has published its annual performance review of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) for 2020/21.
For this review period, covering 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, the GCC has met 17 out of 18 of the Standards. Meeting a Standard means that, based on the information we have reviewed, we are satisfied that a regulator is performing well in that area.
The GCC did not meet Standard 3 because the PSA considered it had not yet embedded thinking around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) into all aspects of its work. For example, it could have made better use of the EDI data it held regarding applicants for committee membership and registrants subject to fitness to practise complaints; the data indicated some potential differences which we thought the GCC should have identified and reflected on.
Commenting on the latest review of its performance, Nick Jones, GCC Chief Executive and Registrar, said,
“I welcome the latest independent assessment from the PSA and their recognition that the GCC has stepped up and met the challenges created by the ongoing pandemic.
“I am also pleased that the PSA recognised our ongoing work around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, although disappointed that we have yet to meet the required standard. In response, we will continue to further weave and embed equality considerations within all our work, as emphasised in our new GCC Strategy 2022-2024 published last month.
“We will press on with delivering our EDI Action Plan for 2022, addressing the concerns of the PSA and ensure that we assess the potential impact of our policy work, collect data on our key activities, act on the insight the data offers and understand any differential outcomes, thereby changing how we do our work.”