The exchange between Earl Howe, the Department of Health and Julia Evans during October. My reply will be posted shortly.

by Julia Evans on October 30, 2012

1. Introduction

2. Background on Earl Howe – his responsibilities

3. Earl Howe drives standards into social care via NICE

4. Department of Health’s reply of 30th October 2012, sent by post.

5. Other relevant posts

6. Email to Earl Howe of 14th October 2012 & Department of Health’s reply of 15th October.

7. Email to Earl Howe of 9th October & Department of Health’s reply of 11th October

8. Email to Earl Howe of  8th October

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1. Introduction

There follows an exchange between Julia Evans, Earl Howe and the Department of Health.  I am in process of writing my reply….

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2. Background on Earl Howe

Information on Earl Howe available here

Lord Howe

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Quality

Earl Howe has been Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Health since May 2010.

Educated at Rugby School and Christ Church, Oxford, Lord Howe began his career in Barclays Bank and served in a number of managerial and senior managerial posts both overseas and in London. In 1987 he was appointed London director of Adam & Co. plc, the Scottish-based private bank, where he remained until 1990.

He is married with three daughters and a son.

In 1991, Lord Howe became a government whip in the House of Lords and following the General Election of 1992 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary (Lords) at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. In 1995 he became Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, a post he relinquished at the 1997 General Election.

Between 1997 and 2010 he was opposition spokesman for Health and Social Services in the House of Lords. He is an elected hereditary peer under the provisions of the House of Lords Act 1999. Apart from his frontbench responsibilities, Earl Howe has previously been a member of the all-party groups on penal affairs, abuse investigations, pharmaceuticals, adoption, mental health and epilepsy.

3)  NICE to help drive standards in social care

NICE to help drive standards in social care (from the same web-site as information on Earl Howe)

28 September, 2012

From April 2013, the role of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) will expand to include social care. The Department of Health has agreed an initial list of joint NHS/social care quality standard topics for NICE to start working on.

These include:

▪       autism in adults and children

▪       mental well-being of older people in residential care

▪       the transition between health and social care, including discharge planning, admission avoidance, reducing readmissions and reducing unnecessary bed occupancy

▪       medicines management in care homes

▪       management of physical and mental co-morbidities of older people in community and residential care settings.

▪       domiciliary care

▪       transition between children and adult services

▪       child maltreatment.

NICE will develop better evidence on what high-quality care looks like with the aim of improving the quality of social care.

This initial list was based on NICE consultation with the care and support sector on joint NHS/social care standards as well as priority areas for action emerging from the Care and Support White Paper.

Earl Howe, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for quality said:

“The Care and Support White Paper set out our plans to drive up the quality of care. NICE’s new quality standards on social care will be a key driver of this. They will help define what good care and support looks like for commissioners and care providers as well as people using services.”

NICE expects that standards in autism and mental well-being of older people in residential care quality standards will be published in 2013/14 with other quality standards published later.

The Department will soon consult with the care and support sector, people using care and support, and their families and carers, on what a full set of NICE quality standards and guidance should include to improve the quality of social care. Care providers will be able to use these as tools to help improve their services.

NICE is currently piloting two joint NHS/social care Quality Standards, covering the care of people with dementia and the health and well-being of looked after children and young people. Following a consultation process, NICE is aiming to publish these final Quality Standards in April 2013.

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4.  Department of Health’s reply of 30th October 2012, sent by post.

Questionnaire : Department of Health’s reply of 30th October 2012, sent by post.

This is the text of the letter only:

Our ref: T000000731440

Ms Julia Evans

TWI lPH

DH Department
of Health

Richmond House

79 Whitehall

London

SWl A 2NS

Tel:020 7210 4850

30 Oct 2012

Dear Ms Evans,

Thank you for your emails of 8,9 and 14 October to Earl Howe about the

process of assured voluntary registration for psychoanalysts. I have been asked

to reply.

I note your concerns about how the process of assured voluntary regulation is

being developed and its implications for talking therapists, including yourself as

a practising Lacanian psychoanalyst.

The purpose of assured voluntary registration is to provide an opportunity for

those who are not subject to statutory regulation, such as psychoanalysts, to have

a consistent process that allows them to demonstrate their commitment to

meeting minimum standards that are relevant to training and conduct.

The Government believes that a system of assured voluntary registers will

provide an indicator that an individual who chooses to be on such a register

meets certain standards. This would then enable individual practitioners to

demonstrate to potential employers and service users their commitment to the

standards required for accreditation.

However, if individuals choose not to be part of a voluntary register or an

assured voluntary register then, as the register is voluntary, that is a judgement

for them to make. Not being on a register will not affect their ability to offer a

service.

Finally, officials would like to assure you that assured voluntary registration is

not meant to be restrictive; rather, it is about allowing individuals the opportunity

to demonstrate to potential employers, commissioners, patients and service users

their commitment to meeting certain standards.

I hope this reply is helpful.

Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries

Yours sincerely,

Priya Bassan

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5. Other relevant posts:

CHRE(PSA) trumpets its success in creating a ghetto of wellbeing practitioners who are compliant (for a fee) to the Government’s fantasy of safeguarding. by Julia Evans on October 3, 2012 or here

The UK Government’s practice (ethnic) cleansing of talking therapies: a response to CHRE/PSA consultation by Julia Evans on July 10, 2012 or here

Sadeian power, the UK Government……… & CON-sultations by Julia Evans on February 3, 2012.  See point ix.  Available here

This pace of moral decision-making poses insuperable challenges to several ways of thinking about right and wrong…. Giles Fraser by Julia Evans on January 20, 2012 or available here

Collaborators win: Putting the State Wellbeing Strategy to work….. by Julia Evans on February 8, 2011or available here

Wellbeing & Happiness as used by the UK Government by Julia Evans on May 7, 2007 or here

The CHRE/PSA receives over 400 responses to its CON-sultation on Accreditation Standards (Voluntary Registers) by Julia Evans on July 20, 2012 or here

The UK Government’s practice (ethnic) cleansing of talking therapies: a response to CHRE/PSA consultation by Julia Evans on July 10, 2012 or here

Open Letter to the CHRE/PSA on Accreditation Standards  by Bruce Scott on July 5, 2012  or here

For your participation: The CHRE CON-sults by Julia Evans on April 18, 2012 or here

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6. From: DoNotReply@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Subject: Acknowledgement of case DE00000732028 received by the Department of Health.

Date: 15 October 2012 14:08:52 GMT+01:00

To:    Julia Evans

Thank you for contacting the Department of Health.

This is an acknowledgement – please do not reply to this email.

Where a reply is appropriate, we aim to send one within 18 working days, or 20 working days if your query is a Freedom of Information request or complaint.

If you have contacted the Department of Health about a current health or social care campaign, please visit the Department’s website where a response may have been published.

If your enquiry is about a medical matter, please contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or visit NHS Choices, or contact your GP surgery.

For general health information you may also find it helpful to refer to Directgov, the UK Government’s Official information website, or the Department of Health website’s Frequently Asked Questions.  You can also view our performance against quarterly service targets.

Please note that the Department of Health does not process complaints about the NHS or social services. If you wish to make a complaint about a healthcare professional, an NHS organisation or a social care provider, please visit the ‘How to make a complaint’ page on the Department’s website.

You can find out more about the Department’s commitments from our Customer Charter and Information Charter.

The original of this email was scanned for viruses by the Government Secure Intranet virus scanning service supplied by Cable&Wireless Worldwide in partnership with MessageLabs. (CCTM Certificate Number 2009/09/0052.) On leaving the GSi this email was certified virus free.

Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or recorded for legal purposes.

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6. The full content of my 14th October email to Earl Howe is available here:

CHRE(PSA) trumpets its success in creating a ghetto of wellbeing practitioners who are compliant (for a fee) to the Government’s fantasy of safeguarding. by Julia Evans on October 3, 2012 or here

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6. From:         Julia Evans

Subject:         CHRE(PSA) trumpets its success in creating a ghetto of wellbeing practitioners who are compliant (for a fee) to the Government’s fantasy of safeguarding.

Date: 14 October 2012 16:11:28 GMT+01:00

To:      Earl Howe

For the attention of  Earl Howe, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Standards in the Department of Health

Dear Sir,

I draw your attention to the following which is available on LacanianWorks or the complete text is below.

Thank you.

Julia Evans

Contents:

1.  Introductory questions

2.  The CHRE(PSA) 3rd October 2012 circulation

3.  Attachments to the CHRE(PSA) circulation of 3rd October 2012

(i) Accredited Voluntary registers:  Standards for organisations holding a voluntary register for health and social care occupations : October 2012

(ii) Accredited Voluntary registers:  Standard 3 – Risk Assessment Guidance for Voluntary Registers

(iii) Application for Accreditation (CHRE-PSA Voluntary Registers)

(iv)  Analysis of responses to our consultation on accreditation standards for voluntary registers

4.  Comments what is driving this action

5.  Background information

6.  Additional post on how the Government is seduced by expensive ‘scientific’ solutions: Do the ‘evidence-based’ results of brain scanning debunk Freud both scientifically and in the clinic?

7.  Circulation list

The full content is available here: CHRE(PSA) trumpets its success in creating a ghetto of wellbeing practitioners who are compliant (for a fee) to the Government’s fantasy of safeguarding. by Julia Evans on October 3, 2012 or here 

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7.  From:        DoNotReply@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Subject: Acknowledgement of case DE00000731440 received by the Department of Health.

Date: 11 October 2012 16:06:20 GMT+01:00

To:      Julia Evans

Thank you for contacting the Department of Health.

This is an acknowledgement – please do not reply to this email.

Where a reply is appropriate, we aim to send one within 18 working days, or 20 working days if your query is a Freedom of Information request or complaint.

If you have contacted the Department of Health about a current health or social care campaign, please visit the Department’s website where a response may have been published.

If your enquiry is about a medical matter, please contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or visit NHS Choices, or contact your GP surgery.

For general health information you may also find it helpful to refer to Directgov, the UK Government’s Official information website, or the Department of Health website’s Frequently Asked Questions.  You can also view our performance against quarterly service targets.

Please note that the Department of Health does not process complaints about the NHS or social services. If you wish to make a complaint about a healthcare professional, an NHS organisation or a social care provider, please visit the ‘How to make a complaint’ page on the Department’s website.

You can find out more about the Department’s commitments from our Customer Charter and Information Charter.

The original of this email was scanned for viruses by the Government Secure Intranet virus scanning service supplied by Cable&Wireless Worldwide in partnership with MessageLabs. (CCTM Certificate Number 2009/09/0052.) On leaving the GSi this email was certified virus free.

Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or recorded for legal purposes.

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7.  The following post is the content of the email sent to over 40 members of both Houses of Parliament

CHRE (PSA) reports on how they are progressing in their regulatory capture of ‘talking therapists’ onto their ‘voluntary registers’ regulated by statute……. by Julia Evans on September 17, 2012or here

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8.  From:        Julia Evans

Subject:         CHRE(PSA) reports on how they are progressing in their regulatory capture of ‘talking therapists’ onto their ‘voluntary registers’ regulated by statute…….  2 of 3

Date: 9 October 2012 20:46:14 GMT+01:00

To:      Earl Howe

For the attention of Earl Howe, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Health (Standards)

Dear Sir,

Progress on the Government’s policy of ethnically cleansing the Talking Therapists so that the Government, as policed by the CHRE(PSA), can enforce their  standards of practice, training, development, performance, ethics, and so on onto Mental Health clinics.  This is, of course, without foundation in a necessity analysis, impact analysis and is being pushed through by the compliance of those who are prepared to jettison all forms of ethical practice in favour of being on the Government’s list of safe practitioners.

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8.  This LW post is what was sent to over 40 members of both Houses of Parliament, one of whom was Earl Howe.

The ‘Fat Controllers’ in the DoH dictate THE law with the agreement of both Houses of Parliament by Julia Evans on August 13, 2012 or here

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8.  From:        Julia Evans

Subject:         How Parliament forces its total control agenda into its legally-protected clinics for symptoms of psychic distress: 1 of 3

Date: 8 October 2012 18:13:36 GMT+01:00

To:      Earl Howe

For the attention of Earl Howe, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Health

Dear Sir,

When you back standards with legal powers in the area of relationships of trust, it will not work.

THE QUESTION:

Is the DoH’s reply in any way an adequate response to Bruce Scott’s accusations or is it the naked imposition of power because Parliament has enabled the DoH to abuse power in this way?

Please see Open Letter to the CHRE/PSA on Accreditation Standards  by Bruce Scott on July 5, 2012  or here

The full reply from the DoH is available here .