Posts Tagged: consent

GDPR Myths and Questions #4 – Explicit Consent

Why we don’t think explicit consent is necessary. There are some sources advising osteopaths that they must get patients to sign that they can give you their health data. At Mint we think that obtaining explicit consent for collecting health data is unnecessary (and so does the Incormation Commissioner’s Office) and here is why: Explicit consent is not appropriate for health data because it is not possible for patients to withdraw consent. If a patient does not consent to their data being processed in the clinic the osteopath is unable Continue Reading »

Shared Decision Making

Shared decision making is the basis for consent and communication.  Over many years there has quite rightly been a drive away from paternalism in healthcare.  This has led to emphasis on shared decision making where the patient and practitioner both contribute to formulating the plan of action. Paternalism still persiting Despite many years of trying to influence change paternalism is still present in our healthcare system.  Dr Oliver Thompson demonstrated in his research that it is still present in osteopathy, which many osteopaths will not be surprised to learn:   Continue Reading »

The law on consent changed – what’s new?

The focus of the law on consent changed last year as a result of a landmark legal decision. The change to consent law is consistent with the advice that we have been giving regarding gaining consent with a patient focussed approach, in keeping with the latest research and medical standards.  It is worth understanding the laws relating to consent so that you can be confident that your consent procedures are following the law.  Really this is just the law catching up with what professional standards have been requiring for a Continue Reading »

When can children give consent to treatment?

The law states that any person with the capacity to consent can give consent to examination and treatment. In this context capacity relates to the ability of the patient to understand and retain information relating to their condition and the proposed treatment. Practitioners need the knowledge and confidence to make the right decisions with regard to receiving consent from children. The law is different between Scotland and the rest of the UK for consent from children. Presumed Capacity to Consent In England, Wales and Northern Ireland any person over the Continue Reading »

Podcast Episode 3: Communicating Benefits and Risks of Treatment

Following on from the 2 podcasts on consent, this podcast considers an essential component of consent – communicating benefits and risks of treatment. We consider: why we need to communicate benefits and risks, and how to communicate benefits and risks  

Podcast Episode 2: More on Gaining Clinical Consent

Another bitesize episode in which we consider: shared decision making as a fundamental part of the consent process who can give consent? how do we know if they have capacity? what is the duty of candour? Perfect for a quick listen between patients.  

Podcast Episode 1: Guide to Gaining Clinical Consent

A new development – Mint has started recording podcasts where we will be sharing bite-size episodes of our clinical compliance knowledge with you, helping you to maintain and improve your practice standards. Episode 1: A Guide to Gaining Clinical Consent This episode considers three questions about consent for private practitioners: What is consent? What is informed consent needed for? How consent can be given. Do ask any questions, or make comments on this episode below.   We’d love to receive your feedback on this new aspect to Mint.