The HPC and public health professionals

The Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology, Professor Peter Kinderman from the University of Liverpool, has endorsed a call by the House of Commons Health Select Committee for those working in public health to have strong links with the National Health Service.

He says:

"The decisions and professional actions of public health professionals have important consequences for the health of the nation and the well-being of individuals. As we move forwards into the vision of an NHS Commissioning Board, local clinical commissioning groups and local authority health and well-being boards, the role of public health professionals is crucial.

"Clinical psychology, like public health, sits on the interface between the NHS and social care, and perhaps we therefore share some viewpoints.

"I absolutely endorse the Health Select Committee’s recommendation that public health professional must sit on clinical commissioning groups and the NHS Commissioning Board. I also agree that medical professionals, including public health professionals, should be represented on Health and Wellbeing Boards. I believe, in both cases, exactly the same argument can be made for clinical psychologists – given that mental health problems are estimated to cost the UK £17billion each year.

"And, because of the important work done by public health professionals, I believe that statutory regulation, by the Health Professions Council, would be wise."

Sir Richard Thompson, President of the Royal College of Physicians, has also called for the regulation of public health professionals by the Health Professions Council.