Concerns with the Practice Standards

ARCHIVED POST N.B. This post is based on the 2012 Osteopathic Practice Standards and therefore may not reflect current legislation or current Mint procedures.

The GOsC commissioned Gerry McGivern to research regulatory activities that best support patient safety and quality of care.  The research found that osteopaths have “concerns with the Osteopathic Practice Standards relating to:

  • communicating risks and benefits – alarm patients and undermine confidence in osteopathy
  • keeping patient notes – uncertainty about what constitutes adequate note keeping and why notes are necessary
  • patient dignity and modesty – considered to be overly prescriptive

Each of these three areas are considered in detail in the Mint Folder with advice and help on compliance.  For communicating risks and benefits we have produced leaflets and visual aids to help practitioners to simply explain risks and benefits to patients without causing alarm.

There is a module on patient records – what should be included and an audit to assess and confirm the standards of your note keeping.

Patient dignity and modesty is also considered in detail with a discussion of the different perspectives on maintaining dignity and modesty.

The research stated that most osteopaths judged their compliance by ‘sense’ rather than evidence.  The Mint Folder provides you with the opportunity to produce evidence of your compliance through simple audit outcomes and documenting procedures using our template forms.


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