Interpreting Professional Self-Regulation: A History of the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing

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Interpreting Professional Self-Regulation analyses the contribution made by the UKCC to the development of the nursing profession in this country over the last 30 years.It details the key issues the council grappled with during this time and provides in-depth analyses of the complexity of these issues.
There is a general consensus that the current view of nursing's regulatory body will culminate in a major shake up of the way the nursing profession is governed and in which the UKCC will be radically transformed. This publication of the history of the UKCC will mark the close of a very significant period in nursing's history and the opening of wider debates about ensuring the safety of the public through regulation of health professionals.
This is an important text for all those who teach on professional and policy issues in nursing, giving them a factual background that has never been brought together before, enabling them to bring discussion of post-registration education, discipline and other professional matters more firmly into the curriculum.

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In light of recent concerns about the regulation of professions, Davies and Beach (both health and social welfare, The Open U.) trace the history of the body that maintains a register of nurses, midwives, and health visitors from its inception under legislation in 1979 to the present. They begin with the decade of struggle to establish the Council, then discuss setting standards, discipline, tensions between different groups with in the professions, the declining powers of National Boards and Central Council, and other aspects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415230339
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Pt. I The importance of context 1
1 'All is not well with nursing': the Briggs Committee and a new statutory framework 3
2 Legislation and its aftermath: making a reality of the Council, 1979-83 24
3 Three Councils, 1983-98 40
Pt. II The agenda develops 73
4 The reform of pre-registration education: hopes, fears and realities 75
5 Upholding standards of professional conduct 97
6 Standards of professional practice: PREPP and after 120
Pt. III Stakeholders and standards 141
7 Holding the professions together 143
8 Widening involvement in the work of regulation 168
9 Professional self-regulation in question 189
10 Conclusion 204
App. 1 Chairmen, Presidents and senior officers 212
App. 2 The work of registration 215
App. 3 Professional conduct: procedures, cases and statistics 219
App. 4 UKCC publications 231
App. 5: Notes on sources 234
Index 241
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