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Table 4 The SWOT analysis of the UK case

From: Regulating health professional scopes of practice: comparing institutional arrangements and approaches in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK

Strengths
Transparent and publicly accountable risk-based processes with separate oversight body
A range of approaches for nimble scope of practice changes
Weaknesses
Regulators operate under different legislative frameworks
Lack of a risk assessment methodology to align practice risk to relevant level of assurance
Lack of shared objectives between professional and system regulators
Opportunities
Focus on evidence-informed right-touch regulation
Government reform to modernize professional regulation
Threats
Lack of clear definition of scope of practice may weaken reform efforts
Complex institutional arrangements make it difficult to determine if unmanaged risks to patient safety exist
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