Select Committee on Welsh Affairs Minutes of Evidence

Memorandum submitted by the Health Professions Council



  The Health Professions Council (HPC) was established on 1 April 2002, ie 12 weeks ago. It had existed as a Shadow organisation since May 2001. It replaced the previous health care Regulator the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine (CPSM) which had been in existence since the early 1960s.


  The Health Professions Order 2001 requires the HPC to undertake an extensive consultation exercise before the Privy Council replaces the CPSM Rules with new HPC Rules. This consultation process will commence on 1 July when a consultation document will be published. We anticipate that the process will be completed by 31 March 2003, so that Minister's expectations can be met.


  The Council is meeting on Thursday 13 June. The Council will be receiving two papers. The first paper is on establishing a policy on how the HPC should respond to consultation processes. The second paper will review the Health Professions Wales and the draft NHS (Wales) Bill.


  Due to the fact that the Council will review the issues on 13 June and the consultation process has not yet commenced, we have been unable to submit a Memorandum of Evidence. However, we may be able to draft one on 14 June, in which case I will e-mail it to the Committee.

Marc Seale

Chief Executive and Registrar

11 June 2002


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