`It has particular appeal for health-care professionals and managers with an interest in corporate and clinical governance' - British Journal of Perioperative Nursing In recent years the health professions have been subject to unprecedented regulatory changes. Exposure of poor practice provoked widespread criticism of self-regulation and calls for a system in which the interests of health care consumers and employers are more fully recognized. Examining the historical and contemporary context, Regulating the Health Professions provides an in-depth analysis of professional self-regulation and the implications of regulatory change for the future of health care. Part One sets out general regulatory issues in the healthcare arena with chapters covering the impact of globalization on the professions, the purpose of professional regulation, the legal context of regulation and the significance of professional codes of ethics. In Part Two, issues specific to the different professions are explored through chapters on medicine, nursing, dentistry, the professions allied to medicine, clinical psychology and alternative medicine. This extremely topical book will be of interest to students, educators and researchers in a wide range of disciplines including sociology, social policy, politics and health studies, and to healthcare professionals and their managers.
The Health Professions in International Perspective
‘Regulation’ virtually defines a profession. Attempts in the literature to adopt an ‘essentialist’ approach to the definition of a profession have long been discredited: the variety of occupational practices and market locations that distinguish jobs claiming the professional label are too diverse to allow the identification of some definitive core of professional practice. Likewise, attempts to adopt a normative approach to the definition of professionalism – by, for instance, identifying the professional project with some distinctive moral commitment to the care of clients – founder because they conflate a profession's public philosophy with the tactics adopted by occupations in the struggle for markets. These tactics are, among other things, designed ...