`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.
Registering a Difference: Changes in the Regulation of Nursing1
Nursing is, and has always been, by far the largest and most diverse of the statutorily regulated health professions. Legislation in 1979 disbanded separate arrangements for health visitors and district nurses, amalgamating these and the different regulatory traditions of nurses and midwives into a single registering body.2 By 1998, the total number of persons on the register was in excess of 600,000, the names of many registrants appearing on several of the 15 parts into which the register was divided. The overwhelming majority, more than 90 per cent of registrants, are women, whose career breaks and name changes on marriage necessarily present challenges for the upkeep of a ...