§ Lord Warner
Department of Health officials have had a series of meetings with organisations representing psychotherapists, counsellors and other practitioners of talking therapies since February 2001. Originally these meetings involved individual bodies but since September 2002 joint group meetings have been held. Discussions have centred on roles, competences and the training and standards of proficiency required, all of which are a prerequisite for statutory regulation. Progess has also been made on developing national occupational standards in this area.