Have you thought about using the STaRT back tool?

The STaRT back tool is for risk stratisfication of back pain patients.  The recently produced NICE guidelines for low back pain recommended the use of a risk stratification tool as quoted below: Risk assessment and risk stratification tools 1.1.2 Consider using risk stratification (for example, the STarT Back risk assessment tool) at first point of contact with a healthcare professional for each new episode of low back pain with or without sciatica to inform shared decision-making about stratified management. 1.1.3 Based on risk stratification, consider: simpler and less intensive support Continue Reading »

What can you audit in your practice? And how?

There are many aspects of your practice that you could audit: Procedures for receiving consent Procedures for handling complaints Patient Records Storage of patient records Infection control Health and safety – manual handling, fire safety, electrical safety, work stations etc. Equipment in your practice An aspect of patient care – exercise prescription, HVT, diagnosis etc. An aspect of patient records – treatment plans, past medical history, recording active movements, recording psychosocial aspects Response to treatment – after first treatment or at end of treatment sessions Non-attending patients Letters written to Continue Reading »

Are you gaining the benefits of both audit and data collection?

Your practice is a hive of data and information and you can use this information to great benefit.  It will help you to build a picture of what your practice is doing and also help you to demonstrate areas of good practice and identify areas where care of patients and procedures could be improved.  Gathering data about your practice will provide you with a wonderful resource for use in marketing and will also help you to continuously improve your practice. It can be surprising to find that what you think Continue Reading »

How you can Reflect Together

Reflection is a personal journey but that doesn’t mean it has to be carried out alone.  Reflecting with someone else can open up different perspectives and challenge your thinking patterns. I recently attended the excellent NCOR conference on helping patients with pain management.  The afternoon sessions were all practical role plays relating to facilitation and goal setting.  Some of the skills we learnt there I thought could be helpfully be applied to reflecting together. Listen and don’t interrupt This is often difficult for osteopaths.  When listening our brain is in Continue Reading »

Have you got a Personal Development Plan?

Within the new CPD scheme you may come across the term Personal Development Plan or PDP.  We are going to look at what a personal development plan is and how to make one. In summary a PDP is a reflection on where you are now and where you want to be.  It details the steps that will be required to put your plans in place.  It can include both your career and lifestyle. Having a PDP gives you a record of your career that you can use to inform future Continue Reading »

Reflection and the new CPD scheme

As stated in my previous blog reflection is an essential component of the new CPD scheme.  Today  we are going to look at what the requirements are and where reflection is important. The new CPD scheme We are developing resources to help you with fulfilling the new CPD scheme. If we look at each of the standards in turn you will see how reflection fits in with the scheme. Standard 1: CPD in each of the four themes of the Osteopathic Practice Standards Reflecting on your CPD is going to Continue Reading »

Benefits of being a reflective practitioner and how to reflect

Reflection is an essential part of the new CPD scheme.  Not to burden you with extra paperwork or waste your time but so you reap far more benefits from CPD.  You make a significant investment of time and money into your CPD and reflection gives you the opportunity to maximise on your professional development. Reflective practice helps you to strengthen your day to day practice.  It involves studying your own experiences to improve the way you work.  It will help you to increase your confidence, be more proactive and improve Continue Reading »

The Why? Of Mint

Having encouraged you to reflect on the Why of your practice I have also spent time reflecting on the Why of Mint. There were several logs in the fire that led to the spark that ignited the formation of Mint: The realisation that it can be a lot of work to research and understand the requirements of the Practice Standards particularly in relation to subjects like Safeguarding Children and Health and Safety. The frustration at the unnecessary duplication of effort between every practice taking the time to research and write Continue Reading »

Start with Why?

If you have ever seen Simon Sinek’s inspiring Ted Talk about marketing you will be familiar with the phrase ‘Start with Why’.  He suggests that is the key that makes companies like Apple stand out – look at their marketing it is all about why, not the what and how. Continuing out theme of reflection this month we can ask why? about our practices to help us to focus and reinvigorate our practices. Why? Why did you become an osteopath?  Maybe like so many others you have a story to Continue Reading »

ASA guidelines for osteopaths treating babies and children

The new ASA guidance for marketing claims for pregnancy, children and babies for osteopaths are an excellent resource.  A document has been produced with clear advice and examples about what you can and can’t claim.  Remember that advertising applies to all your print and online communications as well as testimonials.  You need to be careful with social media communication. Whilst I am sure there will still be some frustration amongst practitioners the ASA clearly states that if the osteopathic profession produce the evidence they will endorse the advertising.  They have Continue Reading »