Posts Categorized: Healthcare news

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 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 »

New opportunities for Osteopathy in the workplace

The HSE has introduced a new workplace Health and Safety strategy.  The campaign is called Helping Great Britain work well.  Before you groan and stop reading, this could present a great opportunity for osteopaths.  Firstly I am going to briefly discuss the relevance to patients and clinics as employees and work-places and then highlight the opportunities arising from this change and point you to some resources to help you make a proposal to businesses. Great Britain has a world class health and safety reputation but the HSE is aiming to Continue Reading »

The benefits and risks of social media for Healthcare professionals

When I recently attended (via the live link) the HCPC launch of their new professional standards there was one change that produced the most questions and audible angst. Social media and networking websites 2.7 You must use all forms of communication appropriately and responsibly, including social media and networking websites. The HCPC panel gave a strong case for the benefits of social media and encouraged registrants to engage but with the usual professional caveats used in any communications. For GOsC registrants social media use is encompassed in standard D17 – Continue Reading »

What’s new about the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics?

Today new Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics have been issued by the HCPC. This is the common document for all their registrants across the 16 regulated professions. This post is going to give an overview of the changes in the document but do read the standards yourselves… What’s different? 4 pages shorter and much more succinct and readable. The new standards are listed in 50 words as opposed to almost 200 in the old standards. The format has changed considerably. The number of standards has reduced to 10 from Continue Reading »

Physiotherapy UK 2015

Today and tomorrow the Physiotherapy UK conference is taking place in Liverpool.  It has a packed schedule of presentations and plenty of research posters on display.  You can read the details on the website At Mint we work with practitioners in private practice.  In the physiotherapy world this is the minority group whereas in the osteopathic and chiropractic worlds these are the majority.  Nevertheless it is good to get a broader picture and read and understand the concerns and issues that practitioners and professions are focussing on. In this Continue Reading »

 Newly qualified? Just starting a new clinic?

You’ve spent years training and now you are fully qualified and ready to launch out into practice – the moment you have been preparing for. There is a great sense of excitement but also an underlying current of fear and trepidation. It can be daunting to know that you are fully responsible for your clinic and you may be working in a setting where there is no-one to turn to for immediate advice. Maybe you have been working in the NHS for many years and you are now beginning a Continue Reading »

3 benefits of using Visual Aids in your practice

One of your key roles as a healthcare professional is patient education. Helping patients to understand their condition will help them understand the recovery process and prevent them worrying about causing further damage.  Visual aids tend to be more memorable to people and enable patients to understand complex ideas.  There are many different forms of visual aids available including printed materials, youtube videos, powerpoint presentations, anatomy software, posters or charts and 3D models. People learn in different ways and so using both audio and visual education will help you to Continue Reading »