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Former President Professor Norma Brook passes away


Former president sadly passes away

Former president Professor Norma Brook sadly passed away on Wednesday 31st December 2008. Norma was President of the Health Professions Council (HPC) from May 2001 following her appointment by the Secretary of State for Health until her retirement in July 2006.       

As President, Norma’s dedication and enthusiasm welded the Council’s lay and professional members commitment to public protection.  Norma worked tirelessly to ensure that the HPC delivered its legislative objectives by way of its new fitness to practise processes, overseeing the quality standards of numerous health education programmes and the regulation of new health professions.

Norma worked with all of HPC’s stakeholders including consumer organisations, registrants, professional bodies, employees, educators and the governments of the four home countries.  Under Norma's leadership the HPC gained international recognition and was committed to working with other international regulators of health care professionals to help share best practices.

HPC’s Chief Executive, Marc Seale commented:

“I was very saddened to hear about the death of Professor Norma Brook. Norma had many attributes.  They included the skills to mould a vision into the day-to-day reality of an organisation, the tenacity required to form successful partnerships and an ability to make and retain friendships with those she worked with. The Health Professions Council is an outstanding success and without Norma this would not have been achieved. My condolences to her family and friends she will be sorely missed.”

Prior to her appointment as President of the HPC, Norma was a member of the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine and chaired its Physiotherapists Board.  She was a member of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence.  Following her retirement from the HPC Norma continued her commitment to the statutory regulation of health care professionals and was a Council member of the Hearing Aid Council.

Norma was awarded a CBE in 2007 for her services to healthcare in Worksop, north Nottinghamshire.  It followed an impressive list of achievements, including honorary doctorates from Robert Gordon University, the University of East Anglia, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Brighton and the University of Central England.  In 1995 Norma was also awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for her contribution to the development of physiotherapy education and her expertise in connective tissue manipulation.  She was a Visiting Professor of Physiotherapy Education for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and was an external examiner of University of Malta.


Notes to editor
1. The Health Professions Council is an independent, UK-wide health regulator set up by the Health Professions Order (2001).  The HPC keeps a register for 13 different health professions and only  registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HPC will take action against people who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

2. The HPC currently regulate the following 13 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see:
• Arts therapists
• Biomedical scientists
• Chiropodists / podiatrists
• Clinical scientists
• Dietitians
• Occupational therapists
• Operating department practitioners
• Orthoptists
• Paramedics
• Physiotherapists
• Prosthetists / orthotists
• Radiographers
• Speech and language therapists





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