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In October 2007, the Labour government announced its plans to invest £170 million to make “talking therapies” increasingly accessible S O M E S T E P S T H AT L E D TO T H I S B O O K 19 in the NHS. This launched the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) scheme, which looked good at first glance but was in fact tangled up with some rather indeterminate ideas about happiness and was even more vague about the kind of evidence which could be collected to measure and then augment it (see for example, Leader’s article in the Guardian newspaper, 2007; and my letter to the BACP magazine Therapy Today, Low, 2007).

Something seems to be throwing things off balance today. Despite the troubles emerging in the preliminary addresses, Ms Reggiori asks that the allegation be put. The HPC solicitor intervenes with two preliminary matters. First, an administrative one which concerns whether the bundles of paper in front of everyone contain the relevant pages. This is not uncommon, and simply bears witness to the administrative nightmare such formal procedures must present. Second is something called a Notice of Hearing: Ms Kemp: “I understand from Dr Cross’s representative he wishes to make a preliminary application before the allegations are put, so I will hand over to him to make that application”.

I would like to open this Health Professions Council Conduct and Competence hearing by introducing the Panel. On my right is Miss Lesley Hawksworth, a lay partner; on my left is Mr Martin Duckworth, a speech and language therapist; and my name is Trevor Williams. I am a lay partner with the HPC and I am chairing the hearing today. Perhaps we can go round the room and my colleagues can introduce themselves. (5 January 2009) It occurred to me that Miss Reggiori had been specially appointed from another regulatory body in recognition of the registrant’s membership of the HPC Council.

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