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Healthcare: Clinical Physiology

Volume 705: debated on Wednesday 19 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

(a) whether they plan to include clinical physiology in a system of statutory regulation; and (b) whether they will publish an implementation timetable for the inclusion of clinical physiology in a system of statutory regulation; and [HL6195]

What representations they have received from the Health Professions Council with regard to the inclusion of clinical physiologists in a system of statutory regulation; and [HL6196]

What criteria they use when considering whether to bring new groups of healthcare professionals into a system of statutory regulation. [HL6197]

The Health Professions Council (HPC) previously made a recommendation to the Government that a group of healthcare scientists, including clinical physiologists, should be statutorily regulated. The Government are considering proposals for the regulation of the totality of the healthcare science workforce, including clinical physiologists, to deliver the commitments outlined in trust assurance and safety. Timescales will be made available in due course, including details of the necessary consultation process.

The Extending Professional Regulation Working Group is developing proposals regarding criteria for bringing new groups of healthcare professionals into a system of regulation. The current 10 criteria used by the HPC to assess regulation of new groups are informing this work. The HPC is represented on the working group.