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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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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

Health Advisory Service and Hospital Advisory Service

NHS Hospital Advisory Service was set up in 1969 to advise the Secretary of State for Social Services on hospitals.

Health and wellbeing boards

Health and wellbeing boards were established by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to facilitate joint working across health and social care organisations.

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