Professions Supplementary to Medicine Act 1960

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1960 c. 66


Professions Supplementary to Medicine Act, 1960

(8 & 9 Eliz. 2) CHAPTER 66

An Act to provide for the establishment of a Council, boards and disciplinary committees for certain professions supplementary to medicine; to provide for the registration of members of those professions, for regulating their professional education and professional conduct and for cancelling registration in cases of misconduct; and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

Professions Supplementary to Medicine Act, 1960

Professions Supplementary to Medicine Act, 1960

Establishment of a Council and boards for certain professions supplementary to medicine

S-1 The Council for Professions Supplementary toMedicine, and the boards.

1 The Council for Professions Supplementary toMedicine, and the boards.

(1) There shall be a body, to be called the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine (in this Act referred to as ‘the Council’) which shall have the general function of co-ordinating and supervising the activities of the boards established under this Act, and the additional functions assigned to it by this Act.

(2) For each of the following professions, that is to say, chiropodists, dietitians, medical laboratory technicians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, radiographers and remedial gymnasts, there shall be a body, to be called the Chiropodists Board, the Dietitians Board, and similarly for the other professions, which shall have the general function of promoting high standards of professional education and professional conduct among members of the relevant profession, and the additional functions assigned to it by this Act.

(3) The Council shall perform its general function of co-ordinating and supervising the activities of the boards—

(a ) by making to each board, or inviting the board to make to the Council, proposals as to the activities to be carried on by the board or other boards;

(b ) by recommending a board to carry on such activities, or to limit its activities in such manner, as the Council considers appropriate after consultation with the board on the proposals aforesaid;

(c ) by concerning itself with matters appearing to it to be of special interest to any two or more of the boards, and by giving the boards such advice and assistance as it thinks fit with respect to such matters;

(d ) by exercising its powers under the following provisions of this Act in such manner as the Council considers most conducive to the satisfactory performance by each board of the board's functions under this Act.

(4) The Council shall be constituted in accordance with Part I of the First Schedule to this Act and each board shall be constituted in accordance with the relevant provisions of Part II of that Schedule; and the supplementary provisions contained in Part III of that Schedule shall have effect (so far as applicable) with respect to the Council and the boards.

Registration of members of the supplementary professions

Registration of members of the supplementary professions

S-2 Establishment and maintenance of registers.

2 Establishment and maintenance of registers.

(1) It shall be the duty of each board to prepare and maintain a register of the names, addresses and qualifications, and such other particulars as may be prescribed, of all persons who are entitled in accordance with the provisions of this Act to be registered by the board and who apply in the prescribed manner to be so registered.

(2) For the purposes of this Act, a person is registered by a board, and in respect of a profession, if his name is on the register maintained under this Act by the board for that profession.

(3) The Council may, after consultation with all the boards for the time being established under this Act, make rules with respect to the form and keeping of the registers maintained by the boards and the making of entries, alterations and corrections therein, and in particular—

(a ) regulating the making of applications for registration and providing for the evidence to be produced in support of applications;

(b ) providing for the notification to a board of any change in the particulars entitling a person to registration;

(c ) prescribing the fees to be paid in respect of the entry or retention of names on the register, being such fees as the Council considers will produce not more than the sums required to defray the reasonable expenses of the Council under this Act;

(d ) authorising a board to refuse to enter a name on the register until any fee prescribed for the entry has been paid, and to remove from the register the name of any person who, after the prescribed notices and warnings, fails to pay any fee prescribed for the retention of his name on the register or fails to notify the board of any change in the particulars entitling him to registration;

(e ) prescribing anything falling to be prescribed under the foregoing provisions of this section;

and any such rules may make different provision for different circumstances.

Rules under this subsection shall not come into force until confirmed by order of the Privy Council.

(4) It shall be the duty of each board—

(a ) to cause its register to be printed, published and put on sale to members of the public not later than two years from the beginning of the year next following that in which the board is established; and

(b ) in each year after that in which its register is first published under paragraph (a ) above, to cause to be printed, published and put on sale as aforesaid either a corrected edition of the register or a list of alterations made to the register since it was last printed; and

(c ) to cause a print of each edition of the register and of each list of corrections to be deposited at the offices of the Council;

and it shall be the duty of the Council to keep the registers and lists so deposited open at all reasonable times for inspection by members of the public.

(5) A document purporting to be a print of an edition of a register published under this section by authority of a board in the current year, or documents purporting to be prints of an edition of a register so published in a previous year and of a list of corrections to that edition so published in the current year, shall be admissible in any proceedings as evidence, and in Scotland sufficient evidence, that any person specified in the document, or the documents read together, as being registered by the board is so registered, and that any person not so specified is not registered by the board.

S-3 Qualifications for registration.

3 Qualifications for registration.

(1) Subject to section nine of this Act and to rules under the last foregoing section, a person shall be entitled to be registered by a board if he applies for registration after such date as the board may by order appoint for the purposes of this section and satisfies the board—

(a ) that he has attended a course of training approved by the board under section four of this Act; and

(b ) that the course was conducted at an institution so approved, or partly at one such institution and partly at another or others; and

(c ) that he holds a qualification so approved.

(2) Subject as aforesaid, a person shall be entitled to be registered by a board if he applies for registration on or before the date aforesaid and satisfies the board that—

(a ) he is qualified, in relation to the relevant profession, as mentioned in regulation 3 of the National Health Service (Medical Auxiliaries) Regulations, 1954, or the corresponding provision in force in Scotland (which relate to the qualifications of persons for employment under the National Health Service in the professions mentioned in section one of this Act); or

(b ) he holds a qualification for the time being accepted for the purposes of this paragraph by the board; or

(c ) he has had such training and practical experience in the relevant profession as the board considers are together sufficient to enable the applicant to practise that profession; or

(d ) in consequence of his practical experience in the relevant profession, he is competent to practise that profession,

and shall be so entitled if he applies for registration after the date aforesaid and satisfies the board that on that date he satisfied the requirements of any of paragraphs (a ) to (d ) of this subsection.

(3) If a board refuses an application for registration made in pursuance of subsection (2) of this section, or neither grants nor refuses such an application before the expiration of twelve months from the date of the application, the applicant may appeal to the Council in accordance with rules made by the Council and confirmed by order of the Privy Council; and the said subsection (2) shall apply for the purposes of the appeal as if for references to the board in paragraphs (b ) and (c ) and to satisfying the board there...

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