Now, finally, we have got some very good news. The Government has decided to abandon any plans to further extend statutory regulation to any further professions --and this includes psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and so on.
“Regulation of the health and social care workforce is sometimes necessary where there are significant risks to people using services which cannot be mitigated in other ways. However, in recent decades compulsory blanket statutory regulation of the health and social care workforce in England has too often been seen as the first resort, rather than the last, in deciding how best to assure safe, effective and respectful care. Where regulation has been extended, there has not always been a robust and transparent case made based on the level of presenting risk.”
And further down in the text:
“For the overwhelming majority of occupational and professional groups which are not currently subject to statutory regulation and which are generally not considered to present a high level of risk to the public, but where recommendations that regulation should be introduced have been made (including those groups recommended by the HPC for statutory regulation in the past, but not yet registered) the assumption will be that assured voluntary registration would be the preferred option.”