Information on Medical Regulators, Treatment Outcomes and your Rights as a Patient

Patients expect high standards of care and regulators are in place to help achive this. Doctors in the UK are regulated by the General Medical Council. They set the standards of competence and conduct that health and care professionals must meet, check the quality of education and training courses to ensure they provide skills and knowledge to practise safely and competently, maintain a register that everyone can search and investigate complaints, taking action when it is necessay.

The CQC is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England which provides information about hospitals in the UK.

Below are links to these regulators as well some further external links to registries for joint replacements and fracture care to help patients review performance and patient outcomes with regards to treatment.


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General Medical Council

Information about doctors qualifications, registration and licence to practise, including searchable database of all doctors registered to practise in the UK. This includes information on professional standards and how to raise issues of concern about a doctors’ practise.

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Care Quality Commission

The independent regulator of health and social care in England. Provides information about hospitals across the UK, what standards patients should expect and how to raise concerns.

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The National Joint Registry

The National Joint Registry records, monitors and reports on performance outcomes in joint replacement surgery in a continuous drive to improve service quality and enable research analysis, to ultimately improve patient outcomes.

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Hip Fractures

The Royal College of Physicians National Hip Fracture Database - Key performance indicators and progress summary for assessment, surgery and outcomes

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Handbook to the NHS Constitution for England

The constitution sets out rights for patients, public and staff. It outlines NHS commitments to patients and staff, and the responsibilities that the public, patients and staff owe to one another to ensure that the NHS operates fairly and effectively. All NHS bodies and private and third sector providers supplying NHS services are required by law to take account of the constitution in their decisions and actions.

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NHS Choices

NHS patient resources including a guide to conditions, symptoms and treatments, including what to do and when to get help.

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Musculoskeletal health in the workplace: a toolkit for employers

The MSK community has worked with Public Health England and Business in the Community to develop this toolkit to support employers in reducing MSK related work loss.