Health staff and professions

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on health staff and the health professions. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

04.02.2015General Practice in England
This briefing note provides general background for Members and their staff on NHS primary medical services provided by general practitioners (GPs) in England.
05.01.2015Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Bill [Bill 17 of 2014-15]
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Bill, which received its Second Reading on 7 November 2014. It is a Private Members Bill containing measures intended to improve patient safety. It was introduced by Jeremy Lefroy MP, who came fifth in the Private Members' Bill ballot.
28.11.2014Background to the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
This brief note provides general background information about the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse which was established in July 2014 by the Home Secretary, Theresa May.
18.11.2014Dementia: Policy, Diagnosis and Prevalence
The Government's objective is that the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with dementia in England will be among the best in Europe. This note covers rates and expected rises of dementia prevalence; Government policy to improve patients' treatment; supports for carers; funding pledges to advance treatment and research; and the services available to people with dementia. It also includes statistics, tables and maps on age-adjusted dementia prevalence across the UK.
28.10.2014NHS whistleblowing procedures in England
This note sets out the current rights and procedures for NHS staff to raise concerns about safety, malpractice or wrongdoing at work (popularly known as 'whistleblowing').

Research Papers

11.12.2013Care Bill [HL]
The Care Bill would consolidate existing legislation for adult social care in England into a single framework, and introduce reforms to the way care and support is accessed and funded. It also includes reforms to the regulation of health services and care standards.
11.02.2008Health and Social Care Bill: Committee Stage Report
(Bill 52 of 2007-08)
23.11.2007Health and Social Care Bill, Bill 9 of 2007-08
Health and Social Care Bill. (Bill 9 of 2007/08). House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/81.
24.11.2005The Health Bill (excluding Part 1) Bill 69 of 2005-06
20.11.2002Health (Wales) Bill (Bill 1 2002/03)
The Health (Wales) Bill. (Bill 1 of 2002/03). House of Commons Library Research Paper 02/61.

Select Committee Reports

11.10.2011Safety first: mobility of healthcare professionals in the EU.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
19.07.2011Annual accountability hearing with the General Medical Council.
Health Select Committee report [Commons]
19.07.2011Annual accountability hearing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Health Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

25.10.2011COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK (No. 2)
That this House notes with concern the issues raised by the British Association of Social Workers in respect of the proper establishment and appropriate use of public funds in relation ...
That this House notes thatcross-party commitment and co-operation is urgently needed to reform the way that adult social care is delivered; acknowledges the desire amongst all parties ...
That this House welcomes the Private Eye, Shoot the Messenger articles, on how NHS whistleblowers can be silenced and sacked; anticipates effective action by the Health Select Committee ...
That this House notes the number of diabetic specialist nurse posts unfilled across the NHS has doubled within a year, leaving 218 vacant posts at a time when the number of people with ...
That this House supports the Royal College of Surgeons' guidance on NHS Locum Surgeons; notes that this guidance outlines the vital role that these surgeons play in the short term; ...

Lords Library Notes

17.05.2013Care Bill [HL] (HL Bill 1 of 2013-14)
The Care Bill consolidates and reforms adult social care law in England. It includes provision for a cap on individual social care cost contributions and implements legislative responses to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust failings. This Library Note provides background information ahead of the second reading debate on the Care Bill in the House of Lords on 21 May 2013.

POST Papers

08.10.2014Palliative and End of Life Care
This POSTnote provides an overview of palliative care and its key components, approaches to managing and standardising care and key challenges to providing high quality care.
14.02.2014Telehealth and telecare
This note describes current UK telehealth and telecare initiatives and the role they may play in delivering future care.
18.09.2013Cosmetic Procedures
03.10.2011Clinical Trials
This POSTnote summarises some of the most important reasons behind the decline in clinical trials in the UK, and the actions being taken to improve the situation.


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses