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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. 
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Health Professions Council and Health and Care Professions Council

The Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine (CPSM) was established in 1960 to supervise boards that represented health professions, including chiropodists/podiatrists, clinical scientists, d

General Nursing Council

The General Nursing Council was established in 1920 by the Nurses Registration Act of 1919. The council was required to maintain a register of nurses.

General Optical Council

The General Optical Council is the independent statutory body established by Parliament to regulate optometrists, and is overseen by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

General Social Care Council

The General Social Care Council was an independent statutory body established by the Care Standards Act 2000 to regulate the social care profession.

Government offices for the regions

Government offices for the regions were established over 10 regions (nine from 1998) across England in 1994.

Healthwatch England

Healthwatch England was established under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to act as an independent consumer champion for health and social care service users and is a part of the Healthwatch netwo