The FHT welcomes a report published today by the Professional Standards Authority, which highlights that health practitioners listed on an Accredited Register ‘can help governments and public bodies achieve their aim to improve health and transform services’.
The FHT’s Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register was approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority in January 2014 and lists more than 10,000 registrants.
The Authority will be distributing the report to a wide and influential audience, involved in health and social care. This includes MPs, chief medical officers, NHS chief executives, county councils, education authorities, community well-being boards, major charities, Royal Colleges, national press contacts, and many more.
Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority, commented in a supporting statement: ‘We all know we need to deliver new, innovative ways to improve people’s health. The NHS is re-examining the way we deliver services and exploring new models of integrated care better suited to today. That means looking beyond the traditional confines of our health and care system and the traditional health professions. The 63,000 practitioners on 17 Accredited Registers covering 25 occupations must be a part of that, offering different approaches to care which commissioners can choose with the confidence that they are competent and safe.
‘Having confidence in Accredited Registers covering health sciences, talking therapies, physical therapies and a range of complementary therapies means that we no longer have to depend solely on doctors and nurses but can create broader multidisciplinary teams. We must invest in prevention and wellbeing to deliver healthcare for the 21st century, and that means taking a wider view of the health and care workforce.’
The report sets out how the programme gives service users, employers and commissioners the confidence they need to use a wider range of practitioners. The benefits of the Accredited Register programme include:
- all registers which have been accredited to date have made improvements to their working practices to gain accreditation from the Authority, improving overall quality across the different sectors;
- if a practitioner is removed from one Accredited Register they cannot join another, protecting patients and consumers from malpractice;
- all Accredited Registers are required to carry out careful risk assessments to ensure they understand the risks their occupation may pose to the public and to ensure that they are managing those risks effectively.