Osteopathy – where does it fit in your GP practice?

The Department of Health is encouraging PCT’s to commission skilled musculoskeletal professionals such as Osteopaths.

BMA guidelines state that GP’s can safely refer to statutorily-regulated professionals such as Osteopaths.

Osteopaths have sound clinical training in musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) with primary care skills in triaging for pathology and referral to GP’s if required for further investigations.

Osteopathy provides

• Provision of MSD service close to your patient’s locality.

• Quick access for patients with MSD’s normally 2-3 days.

• Continuity of treatment – patient sees the same practitioner.

• Patients seen by practitioners skilled in clinical assessment and applied differential thinking.

• Patient reassessment at each attendance.

• The Osteopath will develop self support strategies and exercises appropriate for each patient.

• No capital costs to the GP practice as all support staff and all resource costs are inclusive within the fee set.

• Osteopathic service provision has a low DNA rate along with high patient satisfaction.

• An acknowledgement of clinical governance requirements.

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Osteopathic Oath

This version has been in use since 1954:

I do hereby affirm my loyalty to the profession I am about to enter. I will be mindful always of my great responsibility to preserve the health and the life of my patients, to retain their confidence and respect both as a physician and a friend who will guard their secrets with scrupulous honor and fidelity, to perform faithfully my professional duties, to employ only those recognized methods of treatment consistent with good judgment and with my skill and ability, keeping in mind always nature's laws and the body's inherent capacity for recovery.

I will be ever vigilant in aiding in the general welfare of the community, sustaining its laws and institutions, not engaging in those practices which will in any way bring shame or discredit upon myself or my profession. I will give no drugs for deadly purposes to any person, though it be asked of me.

I will endeavor to work in accord with my colleagues in a spirit of progressive cooperation and never by word or by act cast imputations upon them or their rightful practices.

I will look with respect and esteem upon all those who have taught me my art. To my college I will be loyal and strive always for its best interests and for the interests of the students who will come after me. I will be ever alert to further the application of basic biologic truths to the healing arts and to develop the principles of osteopathy which were first enunciated by Andrew Taylor Still.

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