1. The order
The folder is now arranged within each of the four themes. The new standards have a much more logical flow so topical standards and guidance are now gathered together under one theme. This means it is no longer necessary to have the Mint Folder arranged by topics.
Keeping the order by theme will also help with implementing the new CPD scheme. You will be able to quickly identify where work on a particular area of practice aligns with a theme of the OPS.
2. CPD suggestions
There are now suggestions for CPD at the end of each of the four themes to identify areas of compliance that could be used for CPD. Every theme includes a CPD suggestion that could be used for the compulsory communication and consent requirement.
3. The content
As with the Standards, the Mint Folder has been completely reviewed. There have been some new sections added and some have remained the same. Every section has been edited and reviewed but with varying levels of changes. The table below shows you the key changes:
|A1 Communication||New information on communication skills|
|A2 Communicating about conditions and health||New section on Nocebo and Placebo in communication and importance of communication skills for positive health messages. Includes shared-decision making.|
|A3 Communicating benefits and risks of osteopathic treatment||Edited with small amendments and to reflect Montgomery (see consent)|
|A4 Receiving clinical consent||Re-organised to correspond with voluntary – informed – capacity sections of the guidance. Now includes history of consent and Montgomery implications on consent. Capacity to consent section now includes explanation of who has parental responsibility. Records of Consent. Consent forms updated to include consent to text and email communications. Consent audit questions made more ‘open’ questions and some modified.|
|A5 Lifestyle support resources||New short section listing a few links to commonly used patient information resources.|
|A6 Dignity and Modesty||Minor modifications to reflect updates within the guidance.|
|A7 Values-based communication||Slightly expanded section on values with same values exploration exercise.|
|B1 Critical Appraisal||Self-reflection, practice audit and data collection – very little change.|
|B3 New CPD scheme||Brief outline of new CPD scheme, Peer observation and Peer review, Clinical practice – legal requirements and safety considerations in clinic|
|C2 Patient Records||Updated audit and highlight of other standards relating to patient records|
|C4 Safeguarding||Minor updates in accordance with newer legislation and papers, local safeguarding board changes. New section on whistleblowing and female genital mutilation.|
|C5 Infection control and Health and safety||Minimal changes|
|C6 Public health||New short section with list of resources for promoting public health|
|D1 Advertising and marketing||Minor update|
|D2 Boundaries||New section on maintaining professional boundaries|
|D4 Handling complaints||Small updates, more advice on handling complaints|
|D5 Record storage and data protection||Includes GDPR 2018 update|
|D6 Equality||Additional information added to equality audit|
|D7 Social Media||New section|
|D9 Staff training and associate support||Minor update to reflect changes in legislation|
4. The price
You may be surprised to learn that the new Mint Folder is available at a lower cost than ever before. We want as many osteopaths as possible to access the best compliance information available to support them in providing osteopathic care to the highest standards. The folder contains more information but is available for a fantastic price as a high quality folder or a download. The price will escalate through the year until the standards become effective in September 2019.
What you won’t have if you stick with the old folder:
Your consent section won’t be up to date with the latest legal requirements relating to clinical consent. Your folder won’t reflect the new CPD scheme and include aspects linked to the CPD scheme such as CPD suggestions and peer review. You won’t have the additional sections on communication, whistleblowing, female genital mutilation reporting, boundaries, social media, whistleblowing and audits amended to reflect small changes in standards.
N.B. Whistleblowing, GDPR and social media sections have previously been available as downloadable modules but were not in the 1st edition of the Mint Folder.
Buy your copy of the Mint Folder today so you can have the information and resources you need to comply with the Osteopathic Practice Standards. Don’t miss out on the early bird price.
If you want to see what has changed in the new OPS we have a blog highlighting the changes here.