CHRE (PSA) reports on how they are progressing in their regulatory capture of ‘talking therapists’ onto their ‘voluntary registers’ regulated by statute…….

by Julia Evans on September 17, 2012

Please find below

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At the bottom of this post is a message received from within Parliament, in response to the circulation of this post.  Any further correspondence will be updated.

1) the CHRE summary of how positive their CON-sultation results are &

For the background, see also:

The ‘Fat Controllers’ in the DoH dictate THE law with the agreement of both Houses of Parliament by Julia Evans on August 13, 2012 or here (The DoH’s response to Bruce Scott’s open letter)

The CHRE/PSA receives over 400 responses to its CON-sultation on Accreditation Standards (Voluntary Registers) by Julia Evans on July 20, 2012 or here

The UK Government’s practice (ethnic) cleansing of talking therapies: a response to CHRE/PSA consultation by Julia Evans on July 10, 2012 or here

Open Letter to the CHRE/PSA on Accreditation Standards  by Bruce Scott on July 5, 2012  or here

For your participation: The CHRE CON-sults by Julia Evans on April 18, 2012 or here

2)  their description of how they (the CHRE/PSA) are putting regulation capture into place. ‘Looking to the Future’

Thank you to Bruce Scott for drawing my attention to this.


Overall, this is what happens when you set up a CON-sultation using questions of the type ‘When did you stop beating your wife?’ It is impossible to put the framework up to question.  It is only possible to incriminate the practice of talking therapy by agreeing that it is inherently dangerous and in need of Government Protection.  And this system of governance, using power abusively, comes into being soon……

1)  downloaded on Monday 17th September 2012: Con-sultation response


Accreditation standards for organisations that hold voluntary registers for health and social care occupations

Consultation response

Our consultation survey Accreditation standards for organisations that hold voluntary registers for health and social care occupations ran for three months and closed on 10 July. We received 442 responses, 420 (95%) of whom completed the whole survey. A total of 745 comments were made. Overall, the responses are favourable and the feedback is helpful.

We will present our full report on the results of the consultation and a revised version of our Standards to our Council at their meeting on 27 September.

The headline responses are set out below.

Q1. Do you agree that the eligibility criteria will enable us to decide quickly whether an organisation is ready to proceed to a full assessment?

399 people answered this question. 86% agreed. 14% disagreed.

Q2. Are the Standards easy to read and understand?

397 people answered this question. 90.7% agreed. 9.3% disagreed.

Q3. Are there any additional areas that you think should be covered in these Standards?

388 people answered this question. 17.5% said there are. 82.6% said there are not.

Q4. Are there any aspects of the Standards that you feel could result in differential treatment of or impact on groups or individuals?

39 people answered this question.

Q5. Is any part of the Standards in conflict with any existing legislative or regulatory requirements or standards frameworks that apply to organisations that hold voluntary registers?

362 people answered this question. 6.9% said yes. 93.1% said no.

Q6. Do you think these Standards will encourage organisations that hold voluntary registers to set appropriate standards for their registrants and manage their registers effectively?

384 people answered this question. 88.3% agreed they would. 11.7% disagreed.

Q7. Would more detailed guidance be useful for any of the standards?

345 people answered this question. 34.2% said yes. 65.8% said no.

Q8. Please add any other comments you have on the draft Standards or their development, or on the consultation process itself?

116 people answered this question.

Q9. Do you have any other comments?

151 people answered this question.

Category of responder

An NHS employer                                                                                                                  07

A private sector employer                                                                                                      20

A commissioner                                                                                                                           02

A patient, service user or member of the public                                                         110

An employed health or social care practitioner                                                          23

A freelance or self-employed health or social care practitioner                      226

A person with a professional interest in consumer protection                                  43

Other                                                                                                                                       77


2)  09.08.2012

Looking to the future

Looking to the future

We are presently working towards our new structure as the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. We will assume this name and identity on 1 December 2012. In the period leading up to the 1 December, we are gradually assuming new functions as were outlined in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Our new role in social work

CHRE is responsible for overseeing the UK’s nine health and care professional regulatory bodies. Our oversight and scrutiny of the regulators is important for protecting users of health and social care services and the public.

On 1 August 2012, we took on the oversight role for the regulation of social workers in England when responsibility for the regulation of social workers in England transferred to the Health Professions Council (now the Health and Care Professions Council or HCPC). Social workers now have to meet the HCPC standards of proficiency which are competency standards relevant to their area of practice. They also have to meet the standards of conduct, performance and ethics. These are overarching standards that apply to all of the 16 health and care professions HCPC regulates.

On 1 August, the HCPC signed a memorandum of understanding with regulators Northern Ireland Social Care Council, the Scottish Social Services Council the Care Council for Wales, setting out a framework for the working relationship between the four Councils in relation to the regulation of social workers and the approval of social work education across the UK (see the MOU:

Our new role in appointments

Section 227 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 made some changes to how council members and chairs of regulatory bodies are to be appointed. These changes apply to eight of the regulators we oversee which include:

  • General Chiropractic Council (GCC)
  • General Dental Council (GDC)
  • General Medical Council (GMC)
  • General Optical Council (GOC)
  • General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)
  • General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC; the Health Professions Council will become the HCPC in 2012)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Under these new arrangements:

  • The regulators will manage the appointment process, on behalf of the Privy Council
  • The decision to appoint an individual to a regulatory body council as a member or as the Chair, still sits with the Privy Council.
  • CHRE, as the Professional Standards Authority will advise the Privy Council about the process the regulator has used.

To prepare for this new role, we have consulted on the approach we think the Professional Standards Authority should take when it is asked to advise the Privy Council. This consultation is now closed and the details of our approach will be published shortly.

Our new role in accrediting voluntary registers

We will also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for people working in health and social care occupations and accredit the register if they meet those standards. It will then be known as an ‘Accredited Register’.

The Government’s overall intention for this accreditation scheme is set out in the Command Paper Enabling Excellence,

‘…the Government proposes to enable a system of assured voluntary registration to be developed for professionals and occupational groups which are currently not subject to statutory professional regulation. At present, there are a range of voluntary registers, but no system which allows the public, employers or professionals to gauge whether they operate effectively and to high, or common, standards. A system of assured voluntary registration is a more proportionate way of balancing the desire to drive up the quality of the workforce with the Coalition Government’s intention to avoid introducing regulation with its associated costs wherever possible.’

Over the past few months we produced discussion papers and held a series of development workshops attended by organisations that hold voluntary registers, some members of the public and other stakeholders. They have helped us to develop a set of standards and to think about the approach we will take to accreditation. The consultation for the Accreditation standards for organisations that hold voluntary registers for health and social care occupations closed on 10 July 2012. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to this consultation and are now reviewing the responses we received.

We will provide further updates on all these areas of work that are progressing on the homepage of our website


Circulation list

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health

Mr Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Health

Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health

Rt Hon Lord (Philip) Hunt of King’s Heath : Shadow Health

Lord Carlile of Berriew, Former Lib-Dem Spokesperson & member of the Joint Committee on the draft Mental Health Bill

Mr Paul Burstow MP, Former Minister of State for Health (Care Services) Replaced Sept 2012

Earl Howe, Conservative, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Standards in the Department of Health

The Viscount Eccles, Conservative, Former member of the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP – Julia Evans’ constituency MP

House of Commons Select Committee on Health

Government Members

Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell  (Chair)

Mr Andrew George MP (Lib Dem)

Dr Daniel Poulter (&Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Health)

Mr Chris Skidmore MP

Mr David Tredinnick MP

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP

Opposition members:

Ms Rosie Cooper MP

Ms Barbara Keeley MP

Mr Grahame M Morris MP (& Member of Mental Health All-Party Parliamentary Group)

Mr Virendra Sharma MP

Ms Valerie Vaz MP

Title:  Mental Health All-Party Parliamentary Group

Purpose:  To inform parliamentarians about all aspects of mental health.

Chair:  Mr Charles Walker  MP  Conservative

Vice-Chair: Ms Alison Seabeck MP, Labour

& Ms Nicky Morgan MP Conservative

Secretary: Baroness Murphy of Aldgate, Crossbench &

Mr James Morris MP – Conservative

Treasurer: Lord Alderdice, Lib Dem


Lord Hunt of the Wirral – Conservative

Sir Peter Bottomley MP – Conservative

Mr Chris Heaton-Harris MP – Conservative

Mr Damian Hinds MP – Conservative

Mr Guy Opperman MP – Conservative

Ms Penny Mordaunt MP – Conservative

Ms Nicky Morgan MP – Conservative

Mr David Wright MP – Labour

Mr Grahame M Morris – Labour (also House of Commons Select Committee Health)

Ms Kerry McCarthy MP – Labour

Mr Mike Gapes MP – Labour/Co-operative

Mr Jim Dobbin MP – Labour/Co-operative

Dame Anne Begg – Labour

Mr Russell Brown MP – Labour

Mr Jon Cruddas – Labour

Mr Hywel Williams – Plaid Cymru

Sponsors of the House of Commons debate ‘Mental Health’ on 14th June 2012 

Mr Charles Walker MP, (See Mental Health All-Party Parliamentary Group above)

Sir Peter Bottomley MP, (See Mental Health All-Party Parliamentary Group above)

Jon Cruddas MP, (See Mental Health All-Party Parliamentary Group above)

Mark Durkan MP, – Social Democratic and Labour Party

Dr Julian Lewis MP – Conservative

Nicky Morgan  (See Mental Health All-Party Parliamentary Group above)

James Morris  (See Mental Health All-Party Parliamentary Group above)


The following response has been received.  My Parliamentary circulation did not include this address.  Thus, one of the recipients has forwarded, I presume from the date, this post onto the Department of Health.  I will update you when I receive a response.


Subject:    Acknowledgement of case DE00000731440 received by the Department of Health.

Date:    11 October 2012 16:06:20 GMT+01:00

To: Julia Evans

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