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Posted by Roushan Martens, Feb 10 2009 8:01PM

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Occupational Standards - Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - your chance to comment

Complementary Health National Occupations Standards (CHNOS) Review Project

Please excuse me if I am replicating information already elsewhere, but as I hadn't seen this on Embody info, I thought some people might be interested. There is a consultation process going for the development of Occupational standards for complementary therapists, and any of us are invited to give feedback. To be honest, I'm not sure which of the three bodies - as mentioned on the regulation page on this site (or all of them, or none of them) will be using these standards, but as it's run by a governmental body, I guess they will be used for anyone wishing to do NHS work. It's a tight schedule - feedback has to be in by 20th Feb, but this is an opportunity to comment.

It’s run by Skills for Health which …

“…is the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the UK health sector. Our purpose is to help the whole sector develop solutions that deliver a skilled and flexible UK workforce in order to improve health and healthcare. The 25 Sector Skills Councils which make up the Skills for Business Network are licensed by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in consultation with Ministers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.” See more on

Only a selection of therapies are covered in the documents, but there is also a general standard, so it's relevant to all of us.

To receive a copy of the Draft Revised CHNOS – Consultation Papers please email

Hope that's of use.
Roushan Martens
Feb 12 2009 9:16AM
Hi Angela - if you mean which page is the regulation info on - if you go to the CThA home page, there's a light green box on the right, with a link to a regulation info page on this site.
For the info on occupational standards, you need to email the address above, and you'll be sent the documents.

Having explored the issue a bit more, I think these standards will be for CNHC, but I could be wrong about that. So far CNHC only cover massage and nutrition, but by the look of the documents, a few more things are set to be included.

I also received the email about the petition, and found myself wondering whether it was set up by someone who would rather comp. therapies weren't regulated at all, and is, in fact, against them. I replied to the email asking about the background of the instigator, but have had no reply as yet.

Hope that answers your question,
Paul Stuart Morgan-Ayrs MSc (Psychol)
Mar 4 2009 11:02PM
Wow - I am a little dismayed yet not entirely shocked. People! NOS have been in place since the early 1990's depending which therapy you use. Come on - how hard can it be to do a google search and see what your professional standards of practice are. And could I point out the fact that as members of this organisation you are meant to be aware of your NOS???
Roushan Martens
Mar 4 2009 11:29PM
Some of us may feel a little adrift in the ocean of acronyms and professional bodies.

I'm sure, however, that unfamiliarity with NOS as an acronym or a concept does not necessarily indicate a lack of awareness and enaction of the guidelines therein. The majority of therapists are embodying the guidelines in their work as a matter of course.

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