Notes to editors
- For further information or interviews, please contact the King’s Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185.
- The King’s Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through funding. We are a major resource to people working in health and social care, offering leadership development programmes; conferences, seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.
- The government's White Paper, Trust, Assurance and Safety: The regulation of health professionals in the 21st century, came about as a response to the inquiry into Dr Harold Shipman, conducted by Dame Janet Smith.
- The King’s Fund responded to the consultation carried out by Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer, as he worked towards the new regulatory structures proposed in the White Paper. Consultation response: the future regulation of health and adult social care in England: a consultation on the framework for the registration of health and social care providers.
- The regulation of health professionals is currently devolved by the government to the professions in their own Councils. There are nine in total: the General Chiropractic Council (GCC); the General Dental Council (GDC); the General Medical Council (GMC); the General Optical Council (GOC); the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC); the Health Professions Council (HPC); the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI); and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB). In addition, the White Paper proposes the establishment of a General Pharmaceutical Council, which will also be part of the new regulatory arrangements.