The regulators all have responsibilities for quality, standards and patient safety in healthcare organisations. These regulators recognise that the commissioning of a Medical Royal College Invited Service Review is a positive step by healthcare organisations to continuously monitor and identify learning that can improve the quality of patient care and promote patient safety.

While College reviews are confidential and belong to the organisation that requested them, the regulators expect that trusts will be open with them about commissioning such reviews and their outcomes – and share the findings and action plans with the regulators and others as appropriate.

Royal Colleges and professional bodies undertaking invited reviews have a responsibility for ensuring the prompt sharing of serious issues regarding patient safety and public confidence with the relevant regulators either by the healthcare organisation being reviewed or themselves.