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Abstract: This report is based on a research project funded by the GMC/ESRC Public Services Programme entitled “The Visible and Invisible Performance Effects of Transparency in Professional regulation?. The research compared the effects of regulation for doctors with developing regulation for psychotherapists and counsellors (as outlined in the 2007 White Paper “Trust, Assurance and Safety: The regulation of health professionals?). We summarise here some of the key findings in our study focusing on issues that are relevant to the HPC consultation on the regulation of counsellors and psychotherapists. 

McGivern G, Fischer M, Ferlie E, and Exworthy M, (2009) Statutory Regulation and the Future of Professional Practice in Psychotherapy and Counselling: Evidence from the Field, Department of Management, Kings College London