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With the emergence of the Omicron variant, we are in the uncomfortable position of having to wait and see if this mutated strain of Covid-19 will require stricter controls to be placed on our everyday lives, personally and professionally. I know that registrants will remain alert and incorporate and adapt their ways of working if and when necessary.

New Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidance has been published for all organisations and employers to adopt, adapt and implement in accordance with existing local governance procedures. I remind all registrants of their commitment to Principle A of the GCC Code, “putting patients’ health first, respecting them and ensuring their health and welfare is promoted at all times”.

Thank you to all who responded to our consultation on draft guidance relating to diagnostic imaging. We received over 160 submissions with a wide range of views presented. The Council will be considering feedback and next steps.

I am pleased to report that the GCC passed 17/18 Standards of Good Regulation in its annual assessment from the Professional Standards Authority. In particular, the GCC was commended for its handling of the pandemic, allowing flexibility in its processes while never compromising on patient safety. We still have some work to do on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, the only Standard which was not met this year.

Finally, I would like to pass my thanks and regards to all registrants, partners and stakeholders of the GCC. It has been another difficult year but I am grateful to the profession for their hard work and commitment to the care of patients. 

I wish you all a great festive holiday and 2022.

Nick Jones

GCC Chief Executive and Registrar


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