Towards a Learning Profession?

Adapting clinical governance for complementary and alternative medicine

Authored by: Jane Wilkinson , Nicola K. Gale

Routledge Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415818940
eBook ISBN: 9780203578575
Adobe ISBN: 9781136685484


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In many areas of the world, the CAM sector is growing and becoming increasingly professionalised and integrated within conventional healthcare systems. In the UK, three of the major challenges for integration into the National Health Service (NHS) have been: the failure to create a regulatory framework that adequately encompasses professions with varying degrees of professionalisation and training; the early stage of development of the evidence base partly due to the lack of research investment by the government and professional bodies; and a lack of inter-professional communication and collaboration regarding the implementation of standards and guidelines developed for the sector.

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