`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 Regulation of the Professions Allied to Medicine

The regulation of the professions allied to medicine

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

At the start of the twentieth century, only the medical profession held statutory powers of self-regulation, dating from the 1858 Medical Act and subsequent amendments. The ensuing decades saw a transformation in the knowledge base, practices and technologies of medicine, and then, more extensively after the turn of the century, a corresponding expansion of the health care division of labour. This broadly took two linked forms through, first, further developments of separate specialities within rather than between medicine and surgery, and, second, the growth of other health care occupations which intensified through the twentieth century. Midwifery, nursing and dentistry attained statutory recognition in the first decades of ...

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