How the CNHC works with the Professions

The key function of the voluntary regulator (CNHC) is to enhance public protection. This is achieved by working with the complementary therapy professions to maintain and improve standards, by providing a route for enquiries about registered complementary healthcare therapists, and, if necessary, for managing a complaint about a practitioner.

Profession Specific Boards

An essential part of CNHC’s structure has been its links with the professions through the Profession Specific Boards (PSBs). There is one PSB for each of the disciplines registered. PSB members provide invaluable expert advice on issues such as the development of our policies and also provide members to be trained to sit on our Investigating Committee and Conduct and Competence panels. The PSBs are a source of advice to the Board, the Professional Committee and the Executive. See The Role, Terms of Reference and Membership Criteria of PSBs for further information. Click here to read profiles about each member of our PSBs

When the PSBs were first established, the members were identified by the relevant professional fora/industry lead bodies. From 2013, appointments to the current 15 PSBs is by means of elections managed by CNHC. Any practitioner registered at the time in the relevant discipline will be invited to stand for election and be entitled to vote.

Verifying Organisations

CNHC works with a wide range of organisations which check the details of practitioners’ training, insurance and experience and confirm whether they are eligible for CNHC registration. These are referred to as Verifying Organisations (VOs) The criteria to be met by organisations wishing to provide this service are set out here: Policy on approval of applications to become a Verifying Organisation

The CNHC holds a meeting with all VOs twice a year. Click here to read reports from VO's meetings

Professional Associations

The majority of CNHC's VOs are also professional associations whose key function is to provide support for the practitioners themselves. This is achieved variously in the form of standard setting, provision of courses, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and a range of other services, such as information and insurance services. The professional bodies play a crucial role in supporting practitioners and in furthering their professional development.

CNHC also liaises with many professional associations from across the complementary healthcare sector, either directly in their role as a VO, or via the groupings of associations in a particular discipline which have formed a ‘professional forum’ for that discipline. Where the discipline is on the CNHC register our contact normally is via the relevant PSB but we also have contact with other associations representing therapies not on our register.

Several professional associations work with us to communicate the professional advantages of CNHC registration for their members. We see this as a good example of the mutually beneficial relationship between CNHC and the professional associations in the complementary healthcare field. CNHC strongly encourages complementary therapists on its Register to be a member of a relevant professional association and as the regulator, CNHC continues to work very closely with professional associations on a variety of professional issues.

Click here to view the key Differences between the roles of CNHC and professional associations


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