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 »