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Information and public services for the Island of Jersey

L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

Health and social care professionals registration

DepartmentStrategic Policy, Planning and Performance
Start date04/12/2023
End date26/02/2024
Type of consultationOther
Deadline for comments26/02/2024

About the consultation

We are proposing a new approach to registering health and social care professionals in Jersey. The new approach aims to standardise the local professional registration process to support a safe and regulated care sector on the Island.

In summary, the new approach would involve all professional groups being registered with the Jersey Care Commission and being subject to the same registration requirements. This includes paying a nominal registration and annual renewal fee of around £59.21 each. 

Health and social care employers would have a duty to ensure relevant employees are actively registered with the Commission in order to practice in Jersey. 

This approach would consolidate different registration laws into a single ‘professional registration law’. 

If successful, the new law would likely come into force in 2026.

The new approach

The new approach would consolidate 5 existing registration laws into 1 professional registration law. This would make the registration process fair across all professional groups.

This proposed law would involve: 

  • all professionals being registered with the Jersey Care Commission
  • the Commission maintaining and publishing up-to-date registers of professional groups
  • all professionals paying the same nominal registration fee and renewing their registration annually for the same nominal fee
  • health and social care employers having a duty to ensure that their employees are registered with the Commission in order to practice in Jersey

Under these proposals, professionals already registered with the Commission, the Judicial Greffe or the Chief Pharmacist would not need to register again. They would be automatically transferred to a new register held by the Commission and would need to renew their registration with the Commission after 1 year.

Training standards and fitness to practice issues would continue to be managed by relevant UK regulatory bodies such as the GMC and GDC. The role of responsible officers (where applicable) would also remain the same. However, up-to-date registers of professional groups would accurately reflect any conditions placed on a professional’s registration by a UK regulator, providing further oversight to the Commission and assurance to Islanders that care professionals practicing in Jersey are fit to do so. 

In the interest of public safety, it is also proposed that the Commission would have powers to place conditions on, or if proportionate suspend, the professional's registration before the UK regulatory body has acted. This would only be in extreme cases where there is compelling evidence of risk to life OR where the professional is charged with a serious offence in Jersey.

The professional would have the opportunity to challenge any decision before it is made by making representations to the Commission. In all cases, the professional would have the right to appeal any decision made by the Commission to register, suspend or impose conditions on their registration through the Royal Court.

A nominal registration and annual renewal fee would cover the Commission’s costs of administrating and continuously maintaining the professional registers. The suggested fees are based on those most recently set for dental care professionals:

  • £59.21 for initial registration
  • £59.21 for renewal

These are proposals at this point and are subject to consultation.

You can find a list of registrable occupations in appendix 1 of the consultation document.

A new approach to the registration of health and social care professionals

Project timescales 

Activity Timescale
Consultation 4 December 2023 to 26 February 2024
Consultation report published
March 2024
Law drafting instructions approved
May 2024
Law lodged in the States Assembly for debate
Q3 2025
Law comes into force
Q1 2026

How to submit comments to the consultation

The consultation is now closed.

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Responses to the consultation

​You can re​ad the report attached below.

Professional Registration consultation report​

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