The law on consent changed – what’s new?

The focus of the law on consent changed last year as a result of a landmark legal decision. The change to consent law is consistent with the advice that we have been giving regarding gaining consent with a patient focussed approach, in keeping with the latest research and medical standards.  It is worth understanding the laws relating to consent so that you can be confident that your consent procedures are following the law.  Really this is just the law catching up with what professional standards have been requiring for a Continue Reading »

Striking similarities between mentoring and treating

I’ve been taking a course from the Open University on Mentoring and Supervision. It’s a great course, I’d highly recommend it and it’s free – find it here  (There are some other courses available too.) One of the things that struck me was the similarity between the role of the supervisor/mentor and what we do every day in clinic. The course divided the process of supervision into sections, I will look at them here so you can see how you might enhance your clinical skills through developing your supervision/mentoring skills. Continue Reading »

Promote your registration

Surveys have shown that patients want the reassurance of knowing that their health professional is registered. This gives them assurance that practitioners: Have achieved a standard of training Are monitored by a regulatory body Provide good quality advice and treatment How can patients know their practitioner is registered? Both the HCPC and the GOsC have provided resources to help practitioners promote their registration. The HCPC has produced an infographic that gives some interesting facts about what practitioners perceive as the best ways of promoting registration: 73% Displaying HCPC registration logo Continue Reading »

What do you do when you feel discouraged in practice?

All practitioners experience times when they feel discouraged and there can be multiple causes. Maybe patients are not responding to treatment as expected, perhaps you have had a number of difficult cases, maybe you are bored or lacking enthusiasm. I am sure you can add many other reasons…. A difficult time can be as a new graduate starting out in practice. You have worked extremely hard for four years, passed all your exams, received your degree and you are now a registered practitioner. You are excited about starting your career Continue Reading »

You need to know about this Important New Safeguarding Requirement

From 31st October 2015 it has become a mandatory duty in England and Wales for health and social care professionals and teachers to report any ‘known’ cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to the police. Those registered with the General Osteopathic Council and the Health and Care Professions Council are specifically mentioned in the list of registering bodies in the government document. In this article we will first of all consider the requirement and then risk factors and identification of FGM followed by some useful resources. The Requirement You must Continue Reading »

Patients are confident in Osteopathy

It’s very easy to get despondent with regulations and compliance and what may feel like restrictions on your freedom to practice but here is some good news about osteopathy…..people love it! The June/July 2015 edition of The Osteopath magazine gave some results of a survey of public perceptions of osteopathy with some good news to use in your marketing.  I am highlighting information from this article. Three most important attributes that give confidence and trust in a health professional are: A recognised level of education and training Providing good-quality advice Continue Reading »

Do you have a growth mindset?

A friend who works as a teacher was recently enthusing about encouraging students to have a ‘growth mindset’.  It sounded intriguing and so I looked into it and found some really interesting information which opened my eyes to traits which I am sure you will recognise from clinical practice. You probably want to see growth as a practitioner but the question is what are the labels on the x and y axes of our graph? What is a growth mindset? Professor Carol Dweck of Stanford University has spent the last Continue Reading »