The Maintaining High Professional Standards (MHPS) framework was developed nationally by the Department of Health with NHS Employers, the British Medical Associsation (BMA) and the British Dental Association (BDA). The framework includes five parts, which should have been integrated into the local procedures of all NHS trusts in England by 1 June 2005:
- Part 1: Investigations
- Part 2: Exclusion from work
- Part 3: Conduct hearings and disciplinary matters
- Part 4: Procedures for dealing with issues of capability
- Part 5: Handling concerns about a practitioner’s health
The first two parts of MHPS - investigations and exclusions were launched following agreement with the BMA and BDA. The remaining three parts - conduct, capability and health procedures were issued three years later.
There have been a number of legal challenges since then, which have influenced the way in which MHPS operates in practice. There have also been significant changes to the structure of the NHS, together with the introduction of medical revalidation and the role of the responsible officer. Employers, doctors and dentists have now had considerable experience of working within the framework set out in MHPS.
NHS Employers is carrying out a short survey to gather your views on MHPS. We are not planning a review of all aspects of the framework, but welcome your comments on four key questions, the responses of which will help determine the scope of a more detailed consultation on the future of MHPS.
The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. We welcome your feedback by Friday 6 September.
As well as seeking the views of employers, we will also consult our stakeholders, including the BMA, the BDA, the National Clinical Assessment Service, the medical defence organisations and others. As MHPS was the result of a national agreement then any future changes will be likely to be subject to a similar process.