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Osteopathic Practice Standards

Please be aware that these are the draft revised standards

B1. You must have sufficient and appropriate knowledge and skills to support your work as an osteopath.

  1. These should include:
    1. A knowledge of human structure and function sufficient to inform appropriate care.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. An understanding of the psychological and social influences on health, sufficient to inform clinical decision-making and patient care.
    5. An awareness of the principles and applications of scientific enquiry and the ability to critically evaluate data to inform osteopathic care.
    6. An understanding of the principles of biomechanics sufficient to apply osteopathic treatment safely and effectively.
    7. Well-developed palpatory skills.
    8. An understanding of the characteristics of the normal and abnormal functioning of different body tissues and systems to inform the interpretation of clinical findings.
    9. The ability to determine clinical changes by the appropriate use of observation, palpation and motion evaluation.
    10. 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.
    11. The ability to protect yourself physically and psychologically during interactions with patients to maintain your own health.
    12. The ability to critically appraise your own osteopathic practice. For example, this could be achieved through:
      1.  Self-reflection.
      2. Feedback from patients.
      3. Feedback from colleagues.
      4. Case analysis or clinical audit.

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