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Library

The Policy Navigator Library has been designed to provide users with additional information to supplement material discussed in the six timelines. The library includes a list of legislation, organisations and publications. The library does not contain information on every Act or publication mentioned in the timeline, and you may find it easier to view the timelines first before accessing content in this section. 

Regional public health groups

The government’s white paper Shifting the balance of power within the NHS in July 2001 advocated a new public health system that would include strong regional public health groups.

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The College of Physicians of Edinburgh, or Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, was established by royal charter in 1681.

Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Royal College of Physicians of London

The College of Physicians of London (later Royal College of Physicians of London) was established in 1518 by a royal charter from King Henry VIII.

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Previously known as the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (until November 2012), the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees statutory bodies that regulate heal

Royal College of Surgeons of London

The Barber-Surgeons’ Company of London was incorporated in 1540. The company had powers relating to the education, conduct and licensure of surgeons.

Voluntary hospitals

The origins of voluntary hospitals in the UK can be traced back to the Middle Ages, but significant interest in providing hospitals increased during the eighteenth century.

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