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HPC Genetic Counsellor Regulation Update from Genetic Counsellor Statutory Regulation Steering Group (GCSRSG) AGNC Spring Meeting May 2008 GCSRSG current members Georgie Hall (Chair) Chris Barnes (co-opted) Jan Birch (Committee) Anna Middleton (Pat Finnemore) (Board) Sarah Durell Chris Jacobs Chris Patch Background (1) Voluntary registration successfully introduced Genetic Counsellors recognised as a stand alone profession (AfC job profiles) DH trainee posts Background (2): Why do we need to seek statutory regulation? Protection of patients Public confidence Protection of genetic counselling title Fitness to practice, standards of proficiency CPD, re-validation Background (3) HPC HPC regulates 13 professions HPC criteria for regulation 14 “aspirant” groups approved by the HPC but awaiting Sec State / statutory law Government commissioned review of regulation – White Paper Background (4): The White Paper White Paper on the Regulation of Non-Medical Health Professionals published Feb 2007 Confirmed expansion of HPC to include existing and emerging professional groups Genetic Counselling named in White Paper as emerging profession possibly eligible for regulation 7 working groups developed to take forward the issues raised – Extending Professional Regulation Working Group What has happened since last update in York (Sept 2007)? HPC: Draft HPC application form completed Draft Standards of Proficiency completed Both submitted to HPC for initial opinion Forthcoming meeting (21 May) with Michael Guthrie (Policy Manager, Policy and Standards, HPC) Department of Health: Invitation to Extending Professional Regulation Working Group “Vision for the Future” stakeholder event (7 May) Extending Professional Regulation (EPR) Working Group Formed by DH following the White Paper Nov 2007: to develop criteria determining which professional groups should be regulated GCSRSG invited to participate in consultation day as stakeholder May 7th 2008 • Networking • Raise issues relevant to our profession Opportunity to respond to draft report and attend further consultation day in September. Final Report Dec 2008. Proposed meeting with DH early 2009. Summary of outcomes from EPR Stakeholder Day Developing framework for assessing professions, who should be regulated and how Ensuring credibility, validity of profession who do not need statutory regulation 95 professions have approached the HPC regarding regulation Discussions around: • Employer responsibility, interface between employers and regulatory body • Voluntary and private sector • Simplicity, avoiding bureaucracy Issues to discuss with HPC Suitability of our draft application (are we proceeding along the right lines?!) Areas needing further work (evidenced based practice, education routes / entry) Options/implications of joining with other professional groups (e.g. ACS / BACP, UKCP) Issues for us as a profession Importance of keeping genetic counsellors as unified professional group Status and future role and career opportunities for genetic counsellors Focus is on the future How can you be kept up-to-date with what is happening? Updates in the BSHG newsletter and AGNC website Contact us with views / questions Important for genetic counsellors to be engaged with the process – preparation for discussions / decisions In summary …. We are making good progress along the journey towards regulation. We have been acknowledged as valid aspirant group. HPC are providing mentoring and guidance We are recognised and actively involved stakeholders in the DH strategic planning. There will be more work to be done and we may need to co- opt other AGNC members for specific areas of work It all takes time, but we are ahead of the game.
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