This RCN briefing pulls out the key issues in the Green Paper and the options not previously addressed.
There is a particular focus in the Green Paper on health professionals, as they come under a more detailed automatic recognition system within the legislation underpinned by minimum standards, rather than the “general” system which covers professions which have not harmonised their training. Qualifications of “nurses in general care” (in UK adult nursing), midwives, doctors, pharmacists, dentists, veterinary surgeons and architects are covered by the harmonised automatic recognition system. Any other professional qualifications are covered by the general system, including UK children’s, mental health and learning disability nursing.
The Green Paper builds on the initial responses to the European Commission in March of which at least half came from professional organisations, with a very high response from the UK. Forty percent of the responses came from the health sector.