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New professions process
The Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001 gives us discretionary powers to make recommendations to the Secretary of State for Health and to Scottish Ministers about the regulation of professions and occupations pursuant to the Health Act 1999. In order to assist us in doing this, we previously ran a ‘new professions process’. As part of this process, we previously considered applications for regulation from interested professions. If certain criteria were met, we recommended that group’s regulation to Government. However, the final decision about whether a profession becomes statutory regulated is one for Ministers and ultimately for the UK and Scottish parliaments. Many of the recommendations we made were not and have not been progressed by Government.
We previously consulted on the potential statutory regulation of dance movement psychotherapists between July and October 2009. This took place alongside a consultation about the regulation of psychotherapists and counsellors. Please click here for more information about the consultation.
The new professions process closed in early 2011. We are no longer considering applications. This page provides information about the criteria we previously had in place. We also list the applications we considered which resulted in a recommendation by the Council to the Secretary of State for Health and Scottish Ministers for the regulation of the profession. To date, only operating department practitioners and practitioner psychologists have become regulated.
The new professions / aspirant groups process is now closed and we are no longer considering applications.
The criteria we applied when we considered applications is as follows:
- Cover a discrete area of activity displaying some homogeneity
- Apply a defined body of knowledge
- Practise based on evidence of efficacy
- Have at least one established professional body which accounts for a significant proportion of that occupational group
- Operate a voluntary register
- Have defined routes of entry to the profession
- Have independently assessed entry qualifications
- Have standards in relation to conduct, performance and ethics
- Have Fitness to Practise procedures to enforce those standards
- Be committed to continuous professional development (CPD)
Previous applications considered by Council
The following lists the applications we considered which resulted in a recommendation by the Council.
Please click on the meeting dates above to view the application form, the summary of the full submission, the criteria against which the application was assessed and the executive's assessment of the application for each aspirant group.