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Covid-19 – What should osteopaths do?

Public Health England has clear advice which is regularly updated: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england There is advice for every eventuality if you have travelled to a country with Covid-19 cases or if you come into contact with someone. I’m sure I won’t be telling you anything new but hopefully drawing together some key information to help us in clinic. We have a responsibility to take our part in trying to limit the spread of the virus and supporting the Public Health England advice. Practice good hand hygiene Recognise symptoms Symptoms of Covid-19 are: Continue Reading »

MSK Reform for Osteopaths

Reforming our relationship with Evidence MSK Reform (www.mskreform.org.uk) is a movement which has recently published their manifesto. It is the culmination of 2 years of collaboration recognising that MSK is a huge area of healthcare spending and work days lost, and that there is a need to reform MSK practice to improve patient care. There needs to be more consistency of care, more preventative work and professions working together to improve MSK care in the UK. This project emphasises joined up working between healthcare professions striving for MSK reform. In Continue Reading »

Considering Regulatory Reform

The government consultation on Regulatory Reform in Healthcare is open until 23rd January and you are free to have your say: Promoting Professionalism, Reforming Regulation https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/professional-regulation/regulatory-reform/ This consultation is extremely important for healthcare professionals and something you should be keeping a watchful eye on. There are currently 9 healthcare regulators in the UK, and around 1.5 million healthcare professionals. The number of professionals regulated by each regulator varies from a few 1000 to almost 700 000. Each of the regulators has common aims in terms of protecting the public, setting Continue Reading »

2016 NICE Guidelines Low Back Pain – Part 1

The new NICE guidelines for the management of low back pain have been published.  This article is going to look at what the guidelines say and part 2 will look at how the guideline applies to osteopaths. The guidelines are now much simpler referring to just low back pain with or without sciatica and occasionally chronic or persistent low back pain. Low back pain and sciatica in over 16s First of all rule out any underlying conditions, refer if concerned. Risk stratification is recommended to identify those likely to improve Continue Reading »