The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) has been working with over 40 organisations, including existing voluntary registers of healthcare professionals, to develop its accreditation scheme.
We expect the CHRE's accreditation scheme to be operational and in a position to begin to accredit voluntary registers of healthcare professionals by the end of 2012.
Many existing voluntary registers have expressed an interest in applying for accreditation from the CHRE and a list of interested organisations can be found on CHRE's website at the following link: www.chre. org.uk/voluntaryregisters/421/.
The department has not made an assessment of the number of healthcare professionals that will be registered with an assured voluntary register at any particular time.