Posts Categorized: Professional Standards

Have you thought about your conduct

Working in many of the well-known professions within healthcare and wider requires a certain level of conduct. There are expectations for your personal and professional behaviour. Some people consider this is an intrusion of their privacy. But when you sign up to a vocation you sign up to the accompanying lifestyle. Nobody wants to meet their GP in the gutter on a Friday night and then in the consulting room advising on lifestyle on Monday. For osteopaths there are occasions where conduct falls below the expected level. The misconduct may Continue Reading »

Is it time you checked?

Up date your clinic health and safety If you have more than 5 employees there are health and safety requirements and policies you must hold. Most practices will be under this threshold so those are the ones I address here. Even if you are an associate, if you notice something that could be improved you should raise it with your principle. These quick and simple checks will give an overview of your practice health and safety so you can check everything is up to date and take action as appropriate. Continue Reading »

Patient Records: mind your language.

Closely following the requirement for your records to be legible is that the language is understandable. You may find it challenging to consider the abbreviations you use and how well they are understood. You must always be careful what you write in your patient records – I’d like to think that goes without saying. Personal comments about patients, even abbreviated, must be written in a manner that would not cause offence. What abbreviations are you using? Can they be understood? Is your language consistent within your notes? Your notes may Continue Reading »

Communication – everything but words

Communication is not just about the words that come out of your mouth it’s about the whole patient journey from their first contact with your patient to your last. We have previously considered consent and complaints and I have stated several times how communication is key to good consent and complaints processes. The OPS begins with communication as this forms the basis for demonstrating good practice standards. You communicate your standards through every aspect of your practice – the information on your website, your branding, your advertisements, social media, your Continue Reading »

Your complaints procedure – it’s essential

This month we are going to be covering the subject of handling complaints. In my opinion handling complaints is one of the key components of good practice alongside good consent procedures and good communication. A complaints policy is compulsory We will consider your complaints procedure, handling complaints, learning from complaints and using feedback for professional development. We will also consider the Duty of Candour. These subjects relate to standards D3 and D4 in Theme D Professionalism. Under standard D4 it is compulsory for osteopaths to have a complaints policy in Continue Reading »

The new Mint Folder – What’s changed?

1. The order The folder is now arranged within each of the four themes. The new standards have a much more logical flow so topical standards and guidance are now gathered together under one theme. This means it is no longer necessary to have the Mint Folder arranged by topics. Keeping the order by theme will also help with implementing the new CPD scheme. You will be able to quickly identify where work on a particular area of practice aligns with a theme of the OPS. 2. CPD suggestions There Continue Reading »

What’s changed in the 2018 Osteopathic Practice Standards?

The new Osteopathic Practice Standards have just been issued. They have a 1 year introductory phase before they become the legal standards in September 2019. Mint has studied the standards in detail looking at what’s changed, what’s gone, and what’s new. This article will provide an overview of the changes. The new standards look quite different. There are fewer standards 37 down to 29. They have been moved around and the whole document has been made a lot more logical. Historically there were two documents published separately – the code 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 »

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 »

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 »