April 2013 - Newsletter
We have been very busy since our last newsletter and have the following news for you:
ALLIANCE FOR PATIENT SAFETY LAUNCH - HOUSE OF COMMONS
A number of bodies representing healthcare professionals have grouped together to launch the Alliance for Patient Safety, which will campaign on the current approach to professional regulation and the serious gaps in patient safety, which cannot be addressed through voluntary registration for many professions. The groups together represent approximately 10,000 practitioners and are composed of:
· The Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists
· Ophthalmic Imaging Association
· Voluntary Register of Clinical Technologists
· Institute of Medical Illustrators
· Association of Cardiothoracic Surgical Assistants
· Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists
The Alliance was launched on 24th April at the House of Commons and is sponsored by Baroness Masham of Ilton, Rosie Cooper MP, and John Pugh MP. Anne Burge chaired the event.
Thank for your help in contacting your MPs again - we had interest from 17 MPs and peers and several others also attended the event.
NHS, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & RCCP
On 23rd March 2013 the NHS, the Department of Health and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiology (RCCP) re-issued a joint statement for employers on the process of supporting clinical physiologists to gain voluntary registration with RCCP. For more information, go to: http://www.nhsemployers.org/EmploymentPolicyAndPractice/UKEmploymentPractice/Regulation/latest news/Pages/Voluntary-registration-clinical-physiologists.aspx.
PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AGENCY
PSA is a new organisation set up by the government, which will offer accreditation of voluntary registers as part of the solution for future registration/regulation following the Health Bill. They have recently released the standards they will use to measure organisations applying to them for accreditation. RCCP has used this as an opportunity to check compliance against these nationally agreed PSA standards (for more information on the PSA standards please go to http://www.professionalstandards.org.uk). It has been pleasing to discover that RCCP is compliant in most areas. It has, though, given us the opportunity to alter some of the ways we do things and ma ke some changes. You will see more of these changes when we launch our new website later this year, making it easier for people to find information - whether registrants, employers, or members of the public.
HIGHER EDUCATION STATISTICS AGENCY (HESA)
RCCP has been accepted as a provider of accreditation information for use in the Key Information Sets by the HESA, and can be found at www.hesa.ac.uk/C13061/accreditation_list. This means RCCP has to be involved in the establishment of any new relevant programmes.
Please be aware that, if you work in private practice, you need to have appropriate indemnity insurance in place. If you work in private practice, you are recommended to ensure that patients, clients and the public are aware of your indemnity insurance arrangements.
NHS INNOVATION CHALLENGE PRIZE
Congratulations to the Neurophysiology Team at Kings, who won the first prize in the "Diagnostic Category" for the innovation of Home Video Telemetry services. Details can be seen on www.challengeprizes.institute.nhs.uk (go to finalist winners round 3 and scroll down to the "Improved Diagnostic Category2).
Don't forget to sign the petition for STATUTORY regulation and join the other 1837 signatories - follow this link: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43153.html.
Follow us at @clinphys. We would ask all registrants who use Twitter to share our username with their followers and "re-tweet" postings by the RCCP to help us gain more followers - the more people who follow our account, the greater support we are likely to gain for the campaign for statutory regulation.
I hope this email has been useful in giving you an update of recent RCCP activity. If you have any thoughts or questions, please do not hesitate in contacting me via email@example.com.
March 2013 - Newsletter
We have been very busy since our last newsletter and have the following news for you:
This important report was published on Wednesday 6th February and runs to almost 1,800 pages. Amongst its many findings is the conclusion that the Department of Health failed to get the balance right between "light touch" regulation and the need to protect service users from harm. The report also says that at every stage of the complaints and oversight process, there was a failure at each part in the chain to take a wider and broader view of the overall picture of the situation at Mid Staffs.
This tragic situation shows why it is so important for the Government to recognise that it needs to take another serious look at whether the current regulatory safeguards in place are adequate to protect patient safety.
Your Trust might not be aware that you are not statutorily regulated but a member of a voluntary register so ask your organisation about registration with the RCCP if you have not already done so.
Lobbying for Statutory Regulation
As part of our ongoing campaign for statutory regulation, the RCCP held an exhibition in the Upper Waiting Hall area of the Houses of Parliament on the 4th to the 8th March. As part of the exhibition we displayed colourful pop-up stands showing the role of clinical physiologists and the kind of procedures our profession carries out, and gave MPs and Peers USB memory sticks containing presentations and further information about the different disciplines within clinical physiology. This enabled us to catch their attention and speak to a significant number of passing MPs and Peers, enabling us to improve their understanding of the important role that clinical physiologist play in a patient's care pathway.
You will all have received an email on the 18th February asking you to send a letter to your MP and invite them to come along to the exhibition, and we are grateful to all those of you who did so. It really makes a difference when registrants contact their MPs to support these events. During the week we heard MPs say on several occasions "my constituent asked me to come and see you."
We are very grateful to Rosie Cooper MP who kindly supported our application for the exhibition and to all those registrants who gave up their time to make sure it was staffed throughout the week. We will be following up with the MPs and Peers who attended the exhibition directly to thank them for their interest and brief them in greater detail about what they can do to support the push for statutory regulation.
All Party Parliamentary Group on Clinical Physiology
On Wednesday 6th March the RCCP attended and spoke at the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Clinical Physiology in the Houses of Parliament. The group has been established by Baroness Masham and she will be supported by vice-chairs Lord Rea and Jim Dobbin MP - we were also pleased to see a member of the Health Select Committee, Barbara Keeley MP, attend. During the meeting the RCCP outlined its position on the need for statutory regulation and outlined how the Government's preferred option for Assured Voluntary Regulation will do very little to protect patient safety while essentially amounting to a "tax to work".
The MPs and Peers in attendance were strongly supportive of our position and agreed that more needed to be done to make the Government accept the need for better regulatory standards. Over the course of the year the All Party Parliamentary Group intends to gather and collect evidence about the current gaps in oversight and patient safety, and invite Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt MP to learn more about the work that clinical physiologists do and address our concerns about patient safety.
The RCCP will be providing the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group and we will continue to keep registrants updated.
Alliance for Patient Safety
We will also be launching the cross-profession Alliance for Patient Safety in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 24th April at 4pm in the Houses of Parliament - we will be working with a range of disciplines to push the issue of statutory regulation higher up the agenda in light of the Francis Report, and will shortly send round another invitation letter that we would like registrants to send to their MPs.
Petition and Social Media
Don't forget to sign the petition for statutory regulation and join the other 1628 signatories - it is essential we get as many people as possible to sign up, including every last person on the RCCP register if at all possible. You can sign the petition by following this link.
You can also follow us on Twitter at @ClinPhys. We are asking all registrants who use social media to share our username with their followers and "re-tweet" posts by the RCCP to help us gain more followers.
Please do let me know if you have any questions or comments about RCCP activity by contacting me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have been very busy since our last newsletter in November and have the following news to report for you:-
CHANGES TO COUNCIL
M-LEVEL REGISTER & CSCI
LOBBYING FOR STATUTORY REGULATION
RCCP IN THE MEDIA
ACCREDITATION OF PTP PROGRAMMES
I hope this email has been useful in giving you an update of recent RCCP activity if you have any thoughts or questions please do not hesitate in contacting me via email@example.com.
Amanda Casey, Chair of RCCP February 2013
Urgent request - RCCP exhibition stand in the Houses of Parliament
I am delighted to inform registrants that the RCCP has been successful in the ballot to obtain exhibition space within the House of Commons in early March. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to educate and inform MPs, Peers and other policymakers about the crucial work that our profession does in providing care and treatment for patients. We are extremely grateful to Rosie Cooper MP whose office was invaluable in helping us gain approval for such an exhibition within the Parliamentary estate.
Alongside this, we are also pleased to confirm that Baroness Masham will be chairing the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Clinical Physiology in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 6th March.
We are keen to get as many MPs and Peers as possible to attend both the exhibition and the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group and so we are asking all registrants if they would write to their MPs and request that they come along.
We have drafted an email at the bottom of this newsletter and would be most grateful if registrants could copy and paste the text into a new message, fill in their name and address and the name of their MP and send it to their MP. It is important that you include your address in the correspondence so your MP will know that the request has come from one of their constituents.
If you do not know who your MP is, you can find out by typing your postcode into this website (http://www.theyworkforyou.com/). The email address of your MP will normally be in the following format: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have sent the email to your MP, we would be grateful if you could send a copy to Ben Davies at email@example.com, as well as forwarding on any reply you might receive from your MP.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Draft email to send to your MP
Dear [Insert name of your MP],
I am writing to you as your constituent and a clinical physiologist to invite you to stop by an exhibition being held by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, on the Upper Committee Corridor of the Palace of Westminster between Monday 4th March and Wednesday 6th March.
As you may be aware, clinical physiologists work across a range of disciplines including audiology, cardiac physiology, gastrointestinal physiology and neurophysiology, performing a wide range of sensitive procedures on patients including pacemaker assessments, lung function tests, echocardiograms and exercise stress tests - many of which are performed by regulated professionals in Europe and by medics in the United States.
Clinical physiologists are currently not subject to any form of statutory regulation, and instead receive oversight from the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) - a voluntary register maintained by healthcare professionals in addition to the their duties with patients.
The exhibition is being organised by the RCCP in association with the Academy for Healthcare Science, which sets common standards for healthcare professionals and is an opportunity to find out more about the work that clinical physiologists provide in diagnosing and treating patients within the NHS.
In addition, I would also like to invite you to attend the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Clinical Physiology on Wednesday 6th March at 4pm in Committee Room 2, which will be addressed by Amanda Casey, chair of the RCCP, and where there will be the opportunity to ask questions on the role played by clinical physiologists within the NHS and whether current regulatory safeguards are sufficient to protect patient safety.
I very much hope you will show your support for my profession by stopping by the exhibition stand during the first week in March, where there will be the opportunity to meet representatives from the RCCP, and by attending the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the 6th March.
I look forward to hearing from you shortly.
[Insert your name, address and telephone number]
RCCP wish to inform you that we are now open to accept members of Sleep departments on to the register and M Level register.
Please be aware that at present the Sleep discipline is not able to offer CSci registration however.
Many thanks for assisting us in this matter.
Lindsey Sevier-White RCCP Administrator
The November 2012 RCCP Newsletter can be viewed by clicking here.
The March 2012 RCCP Newsletter can be viewed by clicking here.
The newsletter refers to a transcript of debate in the House of Lords which can be viewed by clicking here.
There will be a CHRE event in London in March but it will be restricted to to patients and the public to obtain their views.
All the information on the proposed CHRE Assured Scheme for Voluntary Registers is on the CHRE website (see link http://www.chre.org.uk/voluntaryregisters/. As new information becomes available, the CHRE will update these pages.
Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) Meeting (Scotland)
The Health and Social Care Bill 2010 – 2011 has proposed that the CHRE set standards to quality assure voluntary registers.
There is a meeting (9th February 2012) to share plans for a draft accreditation scheme and hear the views of patients and members of the public to make sure that we design a suitable scheme for people in Scotland
Open Letter to Anne Milton & Subsequent Response
Click this link to view the transcript of the House of Lords Debate on Registration of Clinical Physiologists - December 2011
Click this link to view an invitation to an event held by CHRE (Northern Ireland)
August 2011 - Open Letter to Anne Milton & Subsequent Response
RCCP published this Open Letter to Anne Milton
(Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health) on 8th August 2011.
Click this link to read the entire contents of the letter Open letter to Anne Milton 8 Aug 2011
A reply to the
letter was received
dated 25th August... 'Dear Anne, Peter and Gary, Click this link to read the entire contents of the response
'Dear Anne, Peter and Gary,
Click this link to read the entire contents of the responseResponse from Anne Milton 25 August 2011
June 2011 - RCCP Newsletter
Click this link to read the RCCP Newsletter June 2011.
Access the RCCP Local Lobbying Toolkit here.
February 2011 - RCCP Newsletter & Charter
You can sign up to the Charter online via this link http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43153.html.
You can also join the Ensure Patient Safety: RCCP Charter Facebook page via this link http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_156024371117610
December 2010 - RCCP Newsletter
Click this link to read the RCCP Newsletter - December 2010.
November 2010 - Unite/RCCP Statement
Unite and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) are concerned about the ongoing delay in the statutory regulation of clinical physiologists. Despite a recommendation from the Health Secretary in 2004 that clinical physiologists be included in the regulatory regime and despite strong support from the Health Professions Council (HPC), six years on the profession is still no closer to being statutorily regulated...
Read the full statement by clicking this link. - The limitations of a voluntary register for clinical physiologists
October 2010 - RCCP Newsletter
Click this link to read the RCCP Newsletter - October 2010
In February 2010 the Department of Health published Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) – the UK Way Forward. It seeks to redefine education and career pathways for the wider healthcare science workforce. In April 2010, the Department also published Modernising Scientific Careers – an England Action Plan, which sets out how the programme will be implemented across England. Similar implementation plans will be published in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the coming weeks and months.
MSC establishes that the statutory regulation of clinical physiologists will happen as part of the regulation of the wider healthcare science workforce. A UK Healthcare Science Workforce Regulation Liaison Group will be set up which will consider the regulation of the wider workforce, including that of groups which have already been recommended to the Secretary of State for regulation, ie the so-called aspirant groups.
Given the potential of the MSC to significantly delay statutory regulation for clinical physiologists, it is important that registrants carefully consider how they wish the RCCP to proceed with its campaign for regulation.
To ensure the RCCP has a clear understanding of the needs and thoughts of registrants, we would be very grateful if you could complete a short on-line questionnaire. To access the survey you need to visit: www.execbs.com and select the RCCP survey button. The password for the survey is RCCP (all upper case). If you are unable to access the on-line version, you can download a hardcopy version here and return it to RCCP Admin.
The deadline for completion is 30 July 2010.
With many thanks for your assistance.
June 2010 - RCCP CPD Audit
RCCP is again conducting a CPD Audit on a random sample of registrants. Those chosen will have had notification by post. The relevant documents are also included here...
Deadline for return is 30 September 2010.
February 2010 - RCCP Newsletter
The RCCP distributed a newsletter to registrants in February 2010.
This newsletter can be viewed by clicking this link.
February 2010 - Letter from RCCP Chair
RCCP’s Political Campaign for the Statutory Regulation of Clinical Physiologists
In these cold and dark winter days, I would like to start this newsletter by wishing you all the very best for the New Year. As I’m sure you will agree, 2010 is likely to be a key year for our professions, with the process of regulation hopefully gathering pace and with Modernising Scientific Careers likely to make a significant impact on our educational and professional pathways.
I would also like to take this opportunity to formally thank all the registrants who have been personally involved in the campaign. Your support and help in approaching local MPs has not only been a welcome contribution in our aim to speed up statutory regulation, but it has also been absolutely vital in ensuring that decision-makers in Westminster, Whitehall and in the devolved institutions understand the important role we play in patient care.
As ever, the RCCP will continue to represent its registrants to ensure that their voices are represented and to campaign on the urgent statutory regulation of clinical physiologists in the wider interest of patient safety.
As you will see from the sections below, the RCCP has not sat still in the last couple of months and has been working closely with registrants, Parliamentarians and officials at the Department of Health to raise the profile of clinical physiology and to speed up to process towards regulation.
July 2009 - Letter from RCCP Chair
It has been a while since we last updated you about the Political Campaign for the Statutory Regulation of Clinical Physiologists, but as you will see below, a lot of progress has been made in recent months!
The Department of Health now started the process again towards the statutory regulation of clinical physiologists, and a new Minister has also taken on the portfolio of statutory regulation. Following concerns raised by RCCP at earlier meetings with the DH, it decided to take intermediate action to safe guard patients until regulation is achieved. To this end DH have been working with NHS employers and will be releasing a statement, emphasising the importance of all practicing Clinical Physiologists being on a voluntary or statutory register and will include advice to employers on the action they should take, if this is not the case. We will also publish the statement once it is agreed.
Statement on the Professional Regulation for Clinical Physiologists - As announced in our previous newsletter, the Department of Health (DH) has now committed to start work again around the statutory regulation of the aspirant groups. To show its commitment, the DH has now published a joint statement by the four UK Health Departments on the regulation of clinical physiologists. You can view the statement by accessing the link below.
We will be contacting all registrants by email or post regarding their highest qualification. Please reply to this as soon as possible, and check with colleagues that they have let us know this information. This has been requested by DH and is one of the steps towards regulation.
(If you have not been contacted you can respond to this census by downloading the Census form here.)
As always, if you have any comments or suggestions please contact us.
Please remember it is every registrants responsibility to maintain their Continual Professional Development (CPD) and keep records. This has been raised by Department of Health and is audited by RCCP.
20th July 2009 - Newsletter 7
All registrants should now have received their 2009/2010 certificates.
If you haven’t please contact the administration office on 0845 226 3064 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have any colleagues in your department
who are not currently registered? Please let them know that the
fee for the standard form is changing to Ł75
from September 1st 2009,
and for those having graduated from a
recognised Clinical Physiology Degree Course the fee is remaining at Ł50.
As announced in our previous newsletter, the Department of Health (DH) has now committed to start work again around the statutory regulation of the aspirant groups. To show its commitment, the DH has now published a joint statement by the four UK Health Departments on the regulation of clinical physiologists. You can view the statement by accessing the link below.
June, the RCCP met with the
Chief Scientific Officer, Prof Sue Hill; the Department’s Head of Secondary
There are four stages towards the HPC opening the register for clinical physiologists. These include the policy and project development phase, a consultative phase, Parliamentary approval, and finally the HPC opening the register. DH has stated that the process of transferring the voluntary register to the Health Professions Council can take up to two years. Although the RCCP was never provided with a more detailed timeline, at a previous meeting with DH, the RCCP had been told that formal consultation on the Order would start in the autumn of 2009, with a view to completion within 2 years.
The RCCP will be working closely with the DH and other stakeholders to ensure that the views of our registrants are represented and that no delays occur wherever possible. This will be particularly important during the policy and project development phase.
The RCCP will therefore be meeting with the DH on a monthly basis for the foreseeable future to prepare the draft Section 60 Order and we will be keeping registrants up to date as to the progress made and consult where possible.
To avoid the cost of grand-parenting into the future HPC register, we would like to encourage all colleagues who have not yet registered with the RCCP to do so as soon as possible. A deadline for doing so has not yet been set, but registrants are encouraged to inform colleagues to do so as soon as possible.
Separately, registrants may also remember that as part of Modernising Scientific Careers, DH will be putting forward proposals to put in place a new regulatory framework which is capable of capturing all healthcare scientists who need to be regulated. This is likely to happen as part of the recommendations of the Extending Professional Regulation Report which is still to be published.
Following mounting pressure
on the Prime Minister to consider
Ben Bradshaw MP, who was previously the Minister in charge for Professional Regulation was promoted to the position of Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
Shortly after the re-shuffle it was also made clear that Ann Keen MP, who was already in charge of the patient safety portfolio at the DH, would now take charge of professional regulation. The RCCP believes this is a positive development, given how closely professional regulation and patient safety are linked and given her own experience as an NHS nurse. We will be writing to the Minister to introduce her to the RCCP and to congratulate her on her new portfolio.
The Early Day Motion which sought to raise the profile of our profession in Parliament and highlight the need for statutory regulation has now attracted 98 signatures. It is now in the top five per cent of most signed Motions, which is a wonderful result and a great endorsement of our campaign.
The RCCP would like to thank all registrants who have written and/or met with their MP to discuss regulation. It is clear that without your support and the support of your MP, things may not have moved quite so fast. It is very encouraging that so many politicians have taken an interest in our profession and the impact on patient safety as a result of the lack of statutory regulation.
Of course, please feel free to keep your local MP up to date as to the progress made this far as he/she will no doubt continue to take an interest.
DH is currently working with NHS Employers to produce a statement around NHS Trusts employing clinical physiologists. This statement, we have been told, will promote the RCCP’s voluntary register and encourage all NHS Trusts to only employ clinical physiologists who on the voluntary register.
The RCCP very welcomes this statement. As registrants will be aware, although the voluntary register is by no means a substitute for statutory regulation, encouraging Trusts to ensure that all clinical physiologists are on the register will be important in terms of increasing patient safety in the interim period ahead of statutory regulation.
Hearing Aid Council
The formal consultation on the regulation of private hearing aid dispensers by the Health Professions Council has now closed. The RCCP submitted evidence in support of regulation. However, we also pointed out the potential confusion as a result of upcoming audiology professionals registering with HPC, whilst audiology registrants on the RCCP register who dispense hearing aids, will not be registered with HPC.
The RCCP therefore supported the view of the British Academy of Audiology (BAA) that audiologists on the RCCP register should be able to temporarily join the new dispenser section (if they wish to do so) up until the point when statutory regulation for clinical physiologists is in place.
July 2009 - Joint statement by the four UK Health Departments on the regulation of clinical physiologists
RCCP would like to draw the attention of registrants to the statement issued regarding regulation of the aspirant groups...
'We would like to take this opportunity to clarify the position and to set out our plans in relation to the regulation of clinical physiologists and other healthcare science groups who seek statutory regulation, within the broader picture of both the White PaperTrust Assurance and Safety: The Regulation of Health Professionals in the 21st Century and the new regulatory framework proposed under Modernising Scientific Careers...'
Click here to read the full Regulation Statement June 09 or on the DH Website http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/DH_101786
March 2009 - Public Affairs Update
The RCCP issued this
Public Affairs Update in March 2009.
March 2009 - Early Day Motion
I am delighted to be able to let you know that an Early Day Motion (EDM) has now been tabled (number 997 - Regulation of Clinical Physiologists) and is available to see online here http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=38089&SESSION=899.
An EDM is a motion which is tabled in the House of Commons with a view to draw attention to a specific campaign and to demonstrate the extent of parliamentary support for such a campaign.
It is now therefore vital for the RCCP’s continuing campaign for statutory regulation that registrants get in touch with their MPs and ask them to add their name to the motion. We want to ensure as many MPs as possible sign up to the motion to demonstrate the strength of support for the implementation of regulation for clinical physiology to the Minister. The RCCP has therefore drafted the email below for you to send to your MP and we would be grateful if as many registrants as possible could do so.
Dear [insert MP’s name here],
I am currently employed as a [insert specialty here] and am based in your constituency.
As a clinical physiologist, I am registered with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP), a voluntary register for this area of the healthcare workforce. This group of staff develops and delivers a wide range of diagnostic and often invasive procedures directly to patients and work closely with medical staff and other healthcare professionals to diagnose, treat, monitor and manage the care of patients from birth to old age
Despite the Health Secretary accepting the need to statutorily regulate clinical physiologists back in 2005, the fact that four years statutory regulation is still not in place, has potentially huge implications on patients’ safety.
The RCCP has therefore mounted a campaign for the urgent implementation of statutory regulation for the clinical physiology workforce. To this end, an EDM has been tabled – 997 Regulation of Clinical Physiologists – and I would encourage you to sign this. The RCCP is really keen to use the EDM to demonstrate the level of support for statutory regulation to the Department of Health and as my MP, I would be really grateful if you were able to consider adding your name. However, if you are not able to sign the EDM at present, I would be grateful if you were able to set out your reasons. I have copied below the EDM for your information.
I look forward to your response.
February 2009 - RCCP Newsletter
The RCCP distributed a newsletter to registrants in February 2009.
This newsletter can be viewed by clicking this link.
The lobbying toolkit is available here.
November 2008 - RCCP Newsletter
The RCCP distributed a newsletter to registrants in November 2008.
This newsletter can be viewed by clicking this link.
September 2008 - RCCP Newsletter
The RCCP distributed a newsletter to registrants in September 2008.
This newsletter can be viewed as a PDF document by clicking this link.
The RCCP briefing Note contained within the newsletter is available here as a separate document.
October 2008 - Written Answer to Question in House Of Lords (MSC)
Earl Howe asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they plan to hold a formal 12-week consultation on the proposals for Modernising Scientific Careers, as set out in the Government Code of Practice for Consultations; and, if so, when that consultation is likely to take place.
The Written Response can be viewed here.