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HPC responds to Government report titled, Liberating the NHS: Report of the arms-length bodies review

Date of publication: 26/07/2010
Category: Position statement
Audience: Journalists and media
HPC responds to Government report to transfer the GSCC regulatory function to the HPC.

Today’s (26 July 2010) publication of the Government report ‘Liberating the NHS: Report of the arms-length bodies review’ sets out the abolition of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) in England and the transfer of its regulatory function to the Health Professions Council (HPC).
The HPC is already undertaking a similar exercise in relation to the Hearing Aid Council (HAC), which will be abolished at the end of the month. The HPC assumed responsibility for the regulation of private sector hearing aid dispensers in April 2010. Feedback from the HAC and from the profession itself has demonstrated that this has led to enhanced public protection, greater consistency and economies of scale in regulation.
Anna van der Gaag, Chair of HPC said:

“The HPC acknowledges the work that GSCC has done in regulating social workers in England and in bringing about changes to regulation which reflect changes in the wider world of social care."

“We are committed to establishing good working relationships with the social work profession, employers, education providers, user groups and other stakeholders as well as our colleagues in the regulatory councils in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.”

Marc Seale, the Chief Executive and Registrar of the HPC commented:

“The HPC recognises the importance of the social work profession and we look forward to working collaboratively with the profession to deliver enhanced public protection and cost effective professional regulation across the health and social care sectors.”

“We will work closely with the Government departments, stakeholders and the GSCC to ensure a smooth transition and to welcome social workers into a multi professional regulatory body.”

The HPC is an independent UK-wide multi-profession regulator it currently regulates fifteen professions including dietitians, educational psychologists, occupational therapists, paramedics and physiotherapists.

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