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.
You’ve spent years training and now you are fully qualified and ready to launch out into practice – the moment you have been preparing for. There is a great sense of excitement but also an underlying current of fear and trepidation. It can be daunting to know that you are fully responsible for your clinic and you may be working in a setting where there is no-one to turn to for immediate advice.
Maybe you have been working in the NHS for many years and you are now beginning a new stage in your career by working in private practice. Removing yourself from the protective umbrella of the NHS can be daunting. Previously you may have felt secure in the knowledge that other people would be informing you of policies and procedures that you need to apply and a lot of the background work was done for you.
Whether you are working as an associate or running a practice there is a lot of responsibility working in private practice besides providing patient care. You need to be equipped with good consent procedures, be ready to handle complaints right from your first patient encounter, you need to know what licenses and insurances you need, you need to know how the laws regarding advertising and I am sure you can think of more that you need to know and apply.
The Mint Folder has been designed just for practitioners like you. The manual will answer many of your questions about what you need to do to get started in practice. It guides you through the process of developing your policies and procedures and ensuring that they are effective. Each module is referenced to the practice standards from either the GOsC or HCPC. You will find the folder a great help in giving you the confidence in your practice procedures so that you no longer need to worry but feel fully equipped to run your practice.