Posts Categorized: Osteopathic News

Is the ASA really that bad?

Many of you will have heard of the ongoing case of Nicholas Handol and his ongoing breach of the advertising code which has culminated in a hearing before the General Osteopathic Council Professional Conduct Committee.  It is not appropriate for me to comment on this case.  There has been wide discussion of the case and misunderstandings of GOsC and their relationship to the ASA. I thought it would be helpful to discuss the ASA and it’s relationship to Osteopaths. Who are the ASA? “The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is the 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 »

What’s the future for Osteopathy – a new model or a Jenga type deconstruction?

This blog is the result of many months, even years, of reading literature on pain science, physiotherapy and osteopathy culminating in this summary article.  I hope that it will open up discussion with colleagues so that together we can have a vision for the future of osteopathy. It has felt as though a ‘Jenga’ type scenario has been taking place with blocks of evidence, skills and knowledge which were the foundation of my osteopathic education and practice being removed leaving what felt like a very unstable foundation for osteopathy.  I 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 »

NICE LBP guidelines part 2 – what do they mean for osteopaths?

This is part 2 of discussion of the new NICE guideline on low back pain and sciatica.  Part 1 looked at the content of the guidelines – what you should/shouldn’t be doing. Part 2 considers how the guideline applies to osteopaths. Do we have to follow guidelines? It is probably not a coincidence that an article was published in Manual Therapy in October titled Quiet Dissent: The attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of osteopaths who reject low back pain guidance.  This is an excellent piece of research for providing an insight Continue Reading »

Associates – standards of practice are your responsibility

If you work in a practice as an associate you may feel you are protected by being under the umbrella of the practice name and the principal.  Most osteopaths work as self-employed, sole-traders and all are registered with the GOsC as an individual practitioner – therefore you should have in mind that you stand alone.  As discussed in a previous blog, being self-employed has the disadvantage of foregoing the rights and protection associated with employment. So what? The reason I am highlighting this point is that you need to make 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 »

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 »