§ Mr. Bowden
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what developments have occurred in the specialist training of medical and social work staff dealing with elderly people since the publication of "Growing Older".
§ Mr. Stallard
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the professional bodies responsible for training medical and social work staff for work with elderly people.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
The medical Royal colleges and the joint higher training committees lay down the training to be undertaken by medical practitioners in the various specialties. The Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work is the independent statutory body which promotes training and awards qualifications in social work.
These bodies keep the training needs of professional staff under constant review to ensure that it takes account of developments in knowledge and services.