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Cayton Review

Updated 29 November 2018

In March 2018, B.C.'s Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced the appointment of Mr. Harry Cayton, then-CEO of the UK's Professional Standards Authority, to conduct a review into Board governance as well as the administrative and operational practices of CDSBC. Mr. Cayton will also make recommendations respecting changes to the Health Professions Act that he considers necessary to enhance the ability of a health college to carry out its public protection duties and to enhance governance, transparency and accountability of a college.

Mr. Cayton is a leader in the field of professional regulation and has provided operational and administrative reviews of a number of provincial regulators. He has stated that this review will be both thorough and fair.

The College welcomes Mr. Cayton's review as it will confirm where we are performing well and identify areas for continued improvement. The findings of the review will be submitted to the Ministry of Health.

View the terms of reference of Mr. Cayton's review >>

About the process

Mr. Cayton will analyze the College's policies and procedures, as well as how the College interprets the Health Professions Act and the CDSBC Bylaws. The review will include several visits to Vancouver to seek input from any individuals or organizations that he believes to be relevant. He will conduct interviews with board and committee members, staff, and other key stakeholders (both current and former), and will also observe meetings of the Board, various committees and working groups, and staff. Access to all CDSBC records, documents and personnel will be provided. 

Key steps

 Timeframe

 Description

March 2018

Announcement of review by Minister of Health and publication of the terms of reference for the review.

​April-May 2018

​• Staff provide Mr. Cayton with core documents for his review in the UK via a secure site
• Preliminary meetings with College senior staff and Board members

July 2018

In-depth information gathering: Mr. Cayton and a colleague conduct interviews and review documents.

Sept. 2018

Mr. Cayton returns to Vancouver to attend the first meeting of the 2018/19 Board.

Oct. 2018

Continued information gathering. Mr. Cayton addresses BC Health Regulators fall symposium.

Nov. 2018

Continued information gathering and report drafting. Portions of the draft report shared with subject matter experts for fact-checking.

Dec. 31, 2018

Report completed and submitted to the Minister of Health, including CDSBC review and recommendations respecting changes to the Health Professions Act.


Anyone who wishes to contact Mr. Cayton may do so in confidence at CDSBC@professionalstandards.org.uk 

About Harry Cayton

Mr. Cayton is International Advisor to the Professional Standards Authority and a leader in the field of professional regulation. He has assisted many regulators, throughout Canada and internationally, including the college of Registered Nurses of BC, to enhance and reform their regulatory oversight mechanisms and processes. Mr. Cayton was Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority from 2007-18, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a Fellowship through Distinction from the Faculty of Public Health at the same time. He has also been awarded both the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) and the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), which recognize his services to healthcare and regulatory reform.