This microsite presents the updated Osteopathic Practice Standards in a digital format and aims to give quick and easy access to the updated standards and accompanying guidance, presented by theme.
The Osteopathic Practice Standards set out the standards that underpin osteopathic practice and include guidance to assist osteopaths in meeting them. The purpose of the standards is to ensure quality care for patients and to protect them from harm. Every five years, the standards are consulted on to update them in relation to practice, taking into consideration developments in health regulation, research, best practice from other regulators and recent changes in the law.
Following consultation, these updated standards have been published by the GOsC and will come into effect from 1 September 2019, as by law the standards must be published one year before officially coming into effect.
These updated Osteopathic Practice Standards take effect from 1 September 2019.
The updated standards are not so different from the current standards, but have been brought up to date and edited to make them clearer, more accessible, and easier to engage with as a framework to support practice. You can read the details of the changes at osteopathy.org.uk/opschanges.
Under the new CPD scheme (osteopaths start to join this scheme from 1 October 2018), osteopaths will need to include CPD activities which link to the four themes of the updated standards across the three years of their CPD cycle. The themes (which have not changed since the current standards) are Communication and patient partnership; Knowledge, skills and performance; Safety and quality in practice; and Professionalism.