February 2011: Important Update on Statutory Regulation

There has recently been an important update on statutory regulation. The Government's recent Command Paper, "Enabling Excellence" http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_124359, seems to indicate a change of policy away from regulation by the HPC towards the enhancement of current voluntary registers.

A body called the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) http://www.chre.org.uk/ is likely to become the National Accrediting Body for Health Professionals who are not currently regulated by statute (such as psychotherapists). It seems that the planned regulation of psychotherapy and counselling by the HPC will not now be taken forward. This has yet to be confirmed by the HPC but the Command Paper is worth a read and the substance of it clearly indicates a move away from centralised regulation.

We will let you know as soon as there is any further news.

Mark Westacott
Chair of ACAT

Published by Mark Westacott - Life Member on 21st Feb 2011

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