Standards

What you need to do

During the three-year CPD cycle, you must ensure you undertake CPD activities that relate to all of the themes of the Osteopathic Practice Standards:

Your CPD should support all areas of your individual professional practice, for example in addition to practising you might also teach, conduct research or have a management role.

Communication and patient partnership
Knowledge, skills and performance
Safety and quality in practice
Professionalism

Communication and patient partnership

The therapeutic relationship between the osteopath and patient is built on trust and confidence. Osteopaths must communicate effectively with patients in order to establish and maintain an ethical relationship.

A1 You must have well-developed interpersonal communication skills and the ability to adapt communication strategies to suit the specific needs of a patient.

A2 Listen to patients and respect their concerns and preferences.

A3 Give patients the information they need in a way that they can understand.

A4 You must receive valid consent before examination and treatment.

A5 Work in partnership with patients to find the best treatment for them.

A6 Support patients in caring for themselves to improve and maintain their own health.

The Osteopathic Practice Standards and supporting guidance is available in full by clicking on the Resources section below.

Resources

Knowledge, skills and performance

Ethically an osteopath must possess the relevant knowledge and skills required to function as a primary healthcare profession.

B1 You must understand osteopathic concepts and principles, and apply them critically to patient care.

B2 You must have sufficient knowledge and skills to support your work as an osteopath.

B3 Recognise and work within the limits of your training and competence.

B4 Keep your professional knowledge and skills up to date.

The Osteopathic Practice Standards and supporting guidance is available in full by clicking on the Resources section below.

Resources

Safety and quality in practice

Osteopaths must deliver high-quality, ethical and effective healthcare through evaluation and considered treatment approaches, which are clearly explained to the patient and respect patient dignity. Osteopaths are committed to maintaining and enhancing their practice to continuously deliver high-quality patient care.

C1 You must be able to conduct an osteopathic patient evaluation sufficient to make a working diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan.

C2 You must be able to formulate and deliver a justifiable osteopathic treatment plan or an alternative course of action.

C3 Care for your patients and do your best to understand their condition and improve their health.

C4 Be polite and considerate with patients.

C5 Acknowledge your patients’ individuality in how you treat them.

C6 Respect your patients’ dignity and modesty.

C7 Provide appropriate care and treatment.

C8 Ensure that your patient records are full, accurate and completed promptly.

C9 Act quickly to help patients and keep them from harm.

The Osteopathic Practice Standards and supporting guidance is available in full by clicking on the Resources section below.

 

Resources

Professionalism

Osteopaths must deliver safe and ethical healthcare by interacting with professional colleagues and patients in a respectful and timely manner.

D1 You must consider the contributions of other healthcare professionals to ensure best patient care.

D2 You must respond effectively to requirements for the production of high-quality written material and data.

D3 You must be capable of retrieving, processing and analysing information as necessary.

D4 Make sure your beliefs and values do not prejudice your patients’ care.

D5 You must comply with equality and anti-discrimination laws.

D6 Respect your patients’ rights to privacy and confidentiality.

D7 Be open and honest when dealing with patients and colleagues and respond quickly to complaints.

D8 Support colleagues and cooperate with them to enhance patient care.

D9 Keep comments about colleagues or other healthcare professionals honest, accurate and valid.

D10 Ensure that any problems with your own health do not affect your patients.

D11 Be aware of your role as a healthcare provider to promote public health.

D12 Take all necessary steps to control the spread of communicable diseases.

D13 Comply with health and safety legislation.

D14 Act with integrity in your professional practice.

D15 Be honest and trustworthy in your financial dealings, whether personal or professional.

D16 Do not abuse your professional standing.

D17 Uphold the reputation of the profession through your conduct.

D18 You must provide to the GOsC any important information about your conduct and competence.

The Osteopathic Practice Standards and supporting guidance is available in full by clicking on the Resources section below.

 

Resources

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