B1. You must have sufficient and appropriate knowledge and skills to support your work as an osteopath.
- These should include:
- A knowledge of human structure and function sufficient to inform appropriate care.
- An understanding of osteopathic philosophy, principles and concepts of health, illness, and disease, and the ability, to apply this knowledge critically, in the care of patients.
- A knowledge of pathophysiological processes sufficient to inform clinical judgement and to identify where patients may require additional or alternative investigation or treatment from another healthcare professional.
- An understanding of the psychological and social influences on health, sufficient to inform clinical decision-making and patient care.
- An awareness of the principles and applications of scientific enquiry and the ability to critically evaluate data to inform osteopathic care.
- An understanding of the principles of biomechanics sufficient to apply osteopathic treatment safely and effectively.
- Well-developed palpatory skills.
- An understanding of the characteristics of the normal and abnormal functioning of different body tissues and systems to inform the interpretation of clinical findings.
- The ability to determine clinical changes by the appropriate use of observation, palpation and motion evaluation.
- Problem-solving and thinking skills in order to inform and guide the interpretation of clinical and other data, and to justify clinical reasoning and decision-making.
- The ability to protect yourself physically and psychologically during interactions with patients to maintain your own health.
- The ability to critically appraise your own osteopathic practice. For example, this could be achieved through:
- Feedback from patients.
- Feedback from colleagues.
- Case analysis or clinical audit.
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