Posts Categorized: Practice Management

First Aid in your Practice

In the most recent Osteopath magazine a question was asked “What First Aid First Aid requirements do I need for my practice?” and readers were referred to the HSE website.  Here is a summary of the information HSE gives applied to osteopathic practice. The Short Answer All clinics should have a first aid kit. Legally – an appointed person is adequate Morally – always having someone trained in first-aid at your clinic would seem a reasonable expectation.  Emergency First Aid at Work is adequate training for clinics. (presuming you don’t 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 »

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 »

Are you a lone practitioner?

Over 50% of the osteopathic profession work alone. That statistic doesn’t include the practitioners who work in multi-practitioner practices but are often working alone in the practice. When I first qualified there was a lot of competition for associate positions so once you were offered a job you generally just took it. Having worked hard for 4 years we were desperate to get going in the ‘real world’. I know many of my colleagues have similar stories but I will give you a picture of the first practice I worked 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 »

Health and Safety in the Clinic – 5 essentials and 5 items you need

As a practitioner you have a duty to maintain the health and safety of your clinic premises.  Health and safety covers a broad range of topics from electrical safety to risk assessment.  A lot of health and safety is common sense good practice but you need to know what your obligations are.  As a busy practitioner you simply do not have the time to read-up on all the health and safety laws and apply them to the practice.  Last year I was awarded distinction for the nationally recognised General Certificate in Health and Safety 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 »

Writing to market your healthcare business

A monthly magazine issued by a local estate agents came through the door the other day.  It included an article by a local sports therapist entitled ‘Are you getting the most out of YOUR body?’.  I was impressed to see a practitioner is working hard to promote their practice as it is the first time I have seen an article of this kind in this magazine.  This is not someone I know, they work in a town about 20 miles away. Local article Reading the article led me to think Continue Reading »

Are we putting pressure on our patients?

A recent discussion with a colleague brought up an intriguing aspect of the patient-practitioner relationship.  Do practitioners put pressure on patients?  It is common to outline expectations for treatment outcomes such as ‘I would expect this problem to resolve with 3-4 treatments’ ‘You should feel a lot better 24-48 hours after today’s treatment’. You will know that patients are impressed when clinical predictions are correct and they do respond as expected but this is not always the case.  Have you ever considered that it might be quite difficult for some Continue Reading »

5 things all healthcare practitioners should know about advertising

All your advertising materials must be compliant with the Advertising Standard Authority regulations –you can only claim to treat/help the conditions allowed under the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) Code – this is a legal requirement applicable to all healthcare practices The regulations apply to all printed advertising, your practice website and any other online promotion you undertake through social media, email, text or other avenues There is a list of conditions that you may claim to treat on the CAP website You must strike a balance between communicating with Continue Reading »