Posts Tagged: compliance

Are you ready for the new data protection rules?

The new Data Protection rules come into force on 25th May 2018.  The Information Commissioners Office is helping people to prepare with webinars and courses.  You can watch the webinar for Health Sector small businesses here:  (scroll down the page for the webinar) There are also free workshops as follows: 11 October 2017: Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London 7 November 2017: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Central Square, Birmingham 9 November 2017: Principal Hotel, Oxford Road, Manchester Here is a Mint Practice Summary of the rules as applied to Osteopaths: Continue Reading »

Are professional standards about more than just compliance? – comply or excel?

“To comply means to meet specified standards” Most regulators don’t like using the word comply.  Surely, this is what regulators are seeking you might argue.  For sure regulators want to see the professionals they regulate meeting the professional standards deemed best practice for their profession.  However being compliant doesn’t necessarily mean you are achieving best practice.  It is not just a matter of ticking boxes as the 2013 Francis enquiry indicated.  Tick box compliance is an issue across many industries – security, health and safety, IT, healthcare etc. etc. A Continue Reading »

Get your advertising compliant

This week I am writing about advertising again to continue to encourage osteopaths to become compliant.  Unfortunately there are still many who remain in defiance to the rules: Getting your advertising right Your advertising needs to abide by the law.  The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) regulate advertising in the UK.   Through the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) they have issued a list of conditions that osteopaths can advertise that they treat. https://www.cap.org.uk/Advice-Training-on-the-rules/Advice-Online-Database/Therapies-Osteopathy.aspx#.Vv56V3oT6FU If you are a law-abiding osteopath you will only list these conditions on your website and in all Continue Reading »

New Clinical Compliance Policy Downloads

You can now buy each of the sections of the Mint Folder as downloads. So, if you are only interested in one of our modules – you can buy it. They cost from £8. A reminder of the modules available to you: • Clinical Consent • Benefits and Risks of Treatment • Handling Complaints • Patient Records • Equality • Infection Control • Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults • Health and Safety • Practice Audit • Communication and Patient Information • Staff and Associate Support • Self-Reflection They are all Continue Reading »

Start the year well in clinic… An annual check-list

Happy New Year, we hope you have started the year feeling fresh, healthy and anticipating another rewarding year in one of the best jobs there is. The start of the year is a good time to review your clinic and determine the direction you are heading professionally and clinically through the year. Self-reflection models are excellent tools for directing your thoughts. I find a simple SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis a useful tool to assess myself as a practitioner and my clinic/business and give me a focus on Continue Reading »

Can you answer a few questions?

Are you safe? Are you effective? Are you caring? Are you responsive to people’s needs? Is your service well-led? You may be able to confidently answer yes to each of these questions both as a practitioner and a clinic but how would you fare if you were asked to produce evidence that you are achieving in these five areas. These are the 5 questions the Care Quality Commission asks of the services it inspects. As private clinics you will not fall under the remit of the CQC but nevertheless it Continue Reading »

You need to know about this Important New Safeguarding Requirement

From 31st October 2015 it has become a mandatory duty in England and Wales for health and social care professionals and teachers to report any ‘known’ cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to the police. Those registered with the General Osteopathic Council and the Health and Care Professions Council are specifically mentioned in the list of registering bodies in the government document. In this article we will first of all consider the requirement and then risk factors and identification of FGM followed by some useful resources. The Requirement You must Continue Reading »

Podcast 9 – Equality in the clinic

This is a very short episode but considers an important subject of Equality law and it’s application to practice.

Podcast 8 – Good hygiene in practice

This episode considers infection control and good clinical practice for maintaining hygiene standards.  Have a listen and see how your clinic room measures up.

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 »