Treating patients and observing the results is extremely rewarding – there’s no better job. Working in practice entails more than just treating patients. There are clinical standards to achieve and maintain in running an efficient and effective practice. Attaining high clinical standards will improve your service for your patients and give you confidence in your practice procedures.
In practice we’ve not been doing ourselves justice by always providing the high clinical standards expected of us. Mint changes all that. Now you have the information, and resources to provide outstanding, informed patient experiences. No hard-work researching policies, just implementing them into your practice or affirming the procedures you already have.
Mint gives you a new opportunity to improve practice standards and enables private practitioners to take a leap forward in professional development and compliance enhancing the quality and reputation of their profession.
Many practitioners have silent, nagging concerns in practice with regard to informed consent, adverse events, clinical compliance… and generally a desire to do things better. If you have recently left the NHS you may be feeling vulnerable away from the shelter of an organisation. Use the Mint folder to increase your confidence and ensure your practice is keeping in great condition.
Who’s behind this?
Mint is run by Osteopath Deborah Smith. Over her 13 years in practice, Deborah has worked in a variety of clinical settings, and still practices in a busy clinic. In 2010, while studying for a Masters degree in Child Health, she researched and wrote a dissertation – a ‘Safeguarding Children’ policy for Osteopaths. During the course of her research, there were so many times when the question arose – “Why didn’t I know this? Why haven’t I been using this?”
Mint has been developed with a passion for raising clinical standards so that patients can be confident they will experience good clinical practice wherever they go. The aim is to make it easier for practitioners to achieve high clinical standards by providing all the resources they need to make it easy to comply and communicate with their patients – the end result has been the Mint folder of clinical compliance with accompanying patient leaflets and patient education resources.
In 2011 Deborah took part in the GOsC revalidation pilot process both as an assessor and a participant. It was an extremely valuable process which gave her an insight into the strengths and weaknesses of a broad spectrum of practitioners endeavouring to demonstrate clinical compliance.
These experiences were corroborated during conversations with colleagues from many healthcare professions working in private practice– the desire for more information and resources to help with clinical compliance was widespread. It is an onerous task for every practice to research the standards and write the resources they need. There needed to be an easier way to comply with Practice Standards.
In 2016 Deborah was appointed as a council member with the GOsC.
A few questions…
Who's behind Mint?
Mint has been developed by Osteopath Deborah Smith. Having been in practice for over 13 years, she has a thorough understanding of the challenges and demands of attaining clinical compliance in private practice.
What is the Mint Folder like?
Materials have been written to be easy to read, and include template policies, procedures and sample forms – to make it easy for you to get started.