Posts Categorized: Osteopathic Standards Updates

Informing patients 6: Ankle Pain – Benefits and Risks and Treatment Alternatives An information resource for practitioners

The law on consent requires health practitioners to inform patients of the benefits and risks of treatment and alternative treatments.  This article is part of a series to equip practitioners to inform their patients.  It is to be noted that it is difficult to find information on benefits and risks of treatments so please feel free to provide feedback so we can develop this resource. This list is a generalised list to use a resource and needs to be applied using your osteopathic expertise, based on the patient’s condition, presentation, Continue Reading »

Learning from complaints and concerns latest report

NCOR has published its report for 2013-15 on complaints and concerns raised about osteopaths.  It is well worth reading to gain an understanding of weak areas in the profession and to learn from others to maintain safety and confidence in your practice. Complaints and concerns rose to 369 in 2015, a significant increase from the 257 in 2014.  This was fuelled by the increase in advertising complaints which were 156, compared to 9 in 2014.  As usual concerns are almost half and half between conduct and clinical care.  If we Continue Reading »

Informing patients 5: Knee Pain – Benefits and Risks and Treatment Alternatives

An information resource for practitioners The law on consent require health practitioners to inform patients of the benefits and risks of treatment and alternative treatments.  This article is part of a series to equip practitioners to inform their patients.  It is to be noted that it is difficult to find information on benefits and risks of treatments so please feel free to provide feedback so we can develop this resource. This list is a generalised list to use a resource and needs to be applied using your osteopathic expertise, based Continue Reading »

Do you need a fire extinguisher in your practice?

Whilst there is not a specific law relating to whether fire extinguishers are required, there is a responsibility to prove that you have done everything in your power to prevent fire breaking out and fire damage. On that premise responsible practice owners will have at least one fire extinguisher in place.  There are different types of extinguisher depending on the nature of the fire.  You need to consider the fire risks in your premises and purchase the appropriate extinguisher. It should not be more than 30 metres travel in your Continue Reading »

Informing patients 4: Hip Pain – Benefits and Risks and Treatment Alternatives

An information resource for practitioners The law on consent require health practitioners to inform patients of the benefits and risks of treatment and alternative treatments.  This article is part of a series to equip practitioners to inform their patients.  It is to be noted that it is difficult to find information on benefits and risks of treatments so please feel free to provide feedback so we can develop this resource. This list is a generalised list to use a resource and needs to be applied using your osteopathic expertise, based Continue Reading »

The New CPD scheme for Osteopaths

For osteopaths there is a new CPD scheme due to commence next year.  For any who are perhaps unaware or unclear about the changes I thought I’d do a quick overview: What’s changing? CPD will take place on a three year programme of 90 hours. CPD must be undertaken that is relevant to the four themes of the Osteopathic Practice standards: communication and patient partnership; knowledge, skills and performance; safety and quality in practice and professionalism From preliminary information it seems that the CPD only needs to be mapper to Continue Reading »

Informing patients 3: Elbow Pain – Benefits and Risks and Treatment Alternatives

An information resource for practitioners The law on consent require health practitioners to inform patients of the benefits and risks of treatment and alternative treatments.  This article is part of a series to equip practitioners to inform their patients.  It is to be noted that it is difficult to find information on benefits and risks of treatments so please feel free to provide feedback so we can develop this resource. This list is a generalised list to use a resource and needs to be applied using your osteopathic expertise, based Continue Reading »

What are the first aid requirements for your practice?

The onus is on the practice owner to assess the first aid requirements for their practice. According to the HSE the minimum that a small low-risk premises should have is a first aid box and a person appointed to take responsibility for calling the emergency services and keeping the first aid box stocked. Consideration needs to be made of any particular first aid needs amongst staff or patient groups such as epilepsy, anaphylactic allergy, diabetes etc.  You should consider any accidents or incidents that have occurred in the past and Continue Reading »

Informing patients 2: Shoulder Pain – Benefits and Risks and Treatment Alternatives

An information resource for practitioners The law on consent require health practitioners to inform patients of the benefits and risks of treatment and alternative treatments.  This article is part of a series to equip practitioners to inform their patients.  It is to be noted that it is difficult to find information on benefits and risks of treatments so please feel free to provide feedback so we can develop this resource. This list is a generalised list to use a resource and needs to be applied using your osteopathic expertise, based Continue Reading »

Informing patients 1: Neck Pain – Benefits and Risks and Treatment Alternatives

An information resource for practitioners The law on consent require health practitioners to inform patients of the benefits and risks of treatment and alternative treatments.  This article is the first of a series to equip practitioners to inform their patients.  It is to be noted that it is difficult to find information on benefits and risks of treatments so please feel free to provide feedback so we can develop this resource. This list is a generalised list to use a resource and needs to be applied using your osteopathic expertise, Continue Reading »