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Health and Care Professions Council

The Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine was established to supervise boards representing health professions, later becoming the Health and Care Professions Council.

9 March 1961

Enoch Powell's 'water tower' speech

Minister of Health, Enoch Powell, spoke dramatically about his desire to see greater community care provision for mental health patients.

3 July 1962

Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work

The Health Visiting and Social Work (Training) Act established the council to provide professional regulation of social workers.

1 August 1962

The National Assistance (Amendment) Act 1962

Legislation enabled local authorities to provide assistance to voluntary and community groups to provide meals and recreational services for the elderly.

3 August 1966

The Ministry of Social Security Act

Legislation created the ministry and post of Minister of Social Security, merging the Ministry of Pensions and National Assistance with the Supplementary Benefits Commission.


Two green papers on structural reform of the NHS

'Administrative structure of the medical and related services in England and Wales' and 'Future structure of the National Health Service in England' proposed the creation of area authorities.

23 July 1968

The Seebohm report

The Committee on Local Authority and Allied Personal Social Services, chaired by Lord Frederic Seebohm, recommended the amalgamation of functions including social care to form a single social services department.

26 July 1968

The Health Services and Public Health Act 1968

The Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 received royal assent, enabling local authorities to employ voluntary organisations to promote the welfare of old people, and make charges for such arrangements.

11 March 1969

Inquiry into Ely Hospital

The report of the committee of inquiry into allegations of ill–treatment of patients and other irregularities at the Ely Hospital in Cardiff recommended a system of inspection for hospitals.