`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.
Legal Aspects of the Regulation of the Health Professions
To ‘regulate’ incorporates the notion of being controlled by means of rules, and consequently implies the potential for regulation from many quarters. Stone and Matthews (1996: 37) comment that:
If regulation can be defined in simple terms as the means by which control is exercised over the exchange of goods and services in society, then the practice of medicine has been regulated for centuries. Today, medicine is one of the most highly regulated of all economic and social activities in Britain.
Indeed, it is increasingly necessary to have regard to the bigger picture and the interacting and interlocking facets of regulation in analysing the health professions. In so doing, the ...