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Posted by: Mariette Lobo, 16 Apr 2013 5:53PM
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PSA register


Sue Hannaford
16 Apr 2013 8:14PM

Who are the PSA?
Mariette Lobo
16 Apr 2013 8:37PM

The Professional Standards Authority - http://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/voluntary-registers
Frances Daly
16 Apr 2013 9:20PM

IS this a government Body and or recoganised by the UK government
Mariette Lobo
16 Apr 2013 10:05PM

It is the body appointed by the Government to oversee the UK's nine health and care professional regulatory bodies and voluntary registers (including the CNHC which represents CAM). The CNHC has submitted an application for accreditation - as one would expect. The professional member organisations like the FHT, CThA, BCMA at al have, up to now, fully supported the CNHC as the only regulatory body for CAM. What is incomprehensible is the FHT (not a regulatory body) also applying to be on the PSA register. The medical professions and professions allied to medicine, as well as the public (not to mention CAM practitioner themselves as indicated by a previous post on this forum), are confused enough by the plethora of membership organisations and bodies claiming to represent CAM membership interests. The formation of the CNHC, as "the" voluntary regulator was a step in the right direction in that it has striven to achieve the cohesion, clarity and focus that a single body could provide without any of the duplication and conflicting interests of several such bodies. Looks like we might be going right back to square one! So far, only the FHT has gone "public" about applying to register with the PSA (I believe the cost of doing so is in the region of £12,000). What is the CThA's stance?
The regulatory process enables any professional body to apply to the PSA for accreditation. As long as it meets the criteria and pays the fee, it can become an accredited branch of the accreditation tree. It is likely that some bodies will end up more credible than others, in the example of CNHC, they were set up with government funding and are more politically neutral. FHT by contrast are likely to have more members. Of course not all of their members may be eligible for registration, they will have to keep two lists, accredited and non accredited. In the counselling field we have seen something similar with more than one body applying, and the huge BACP outfit admitting in April that only 17% of their members would qualify for accreditation. I suspect in the long run there will be some kind of universal kite mark for anyone a member of one of the PSA registers. Cheers Stuart
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