CONSULTATION – Chiropractic Practice Standard: Clinical Record Keeping
The Royal College of Chiropractors’ Chiropractic Practice Standards are evidence-based documents designed to help chiropractors meet their obligations in the provision of patient care and/or the governance of their services. For each area of practice, they:
- Highlight relevant elements of the General Chiropractic Council’s Code, and relevant legislation, as requirements;
- Provide expected standards of practice informed by the evidence;
- Provide additional helpful guidance; and
- Provide a benchmark for normal practice.
This new Chiropractic Practice Standard focuses on the principles and expected standards of clinical record keeping in a chiropractic care setting and aims to assist chiropractors to achieve those standards. The RCC now wishes to consult on the content of the draft document.
The consultation is aimed, in particular, at the chiropractic profession, but the RCC is also keen to hear from other health professionals, health & care organisations, commissioners, patients and the public. It particularly wishes obtain views on the following questions:
- Have we identified all the relevant requirements of chiropractors in the context of clinical record keeping
- Do the expected standards of practice reflect normal practice and have we included the appropriate evidence to support them? Is anything missing?
- Should we include any additional guidance?
- Are our statements clearly expressed such that chiropractors, other health professionals, health & care organisations, commissioners, patients and public can reasonably be expected to understand what we mean?
The consultation document and response form are available here:
Clinical Record Keeping Consultation Document
Consultation Response Form
Deadline for receipt of responses: 5pm, Friday 19th May 2023
Access to Health Education England’s IRMER and MRI Safety training for chiropractors
Essential CPD for x-ray referrers
If you refer out for x-ray imaging to private service providers, such as Ramsay Health, Spire etc, you will have found that, as an x-ray referrer, you need to provide evidence that you are up-to-date with your IRMER training. It is common policy to require up-to-date completion certificates from high quality training such as the relevant ‘e-IRMER’ modules on Health Education England’s e-LFH (electronic learning for health) platform.
Essential CPD for chiropractors with x-ray facilities
In the best interests of patient safety, remaining up-to-date with all aspects of IRMER is essential for chiropractors who have in-house x-ray facilities.
Essential CPD for MRI referrers
If you refer patients for MRI, you may need to show service providers that you are up-to-date with ‘MRI Safety Training for Referrers’, which is also hosted on the e-LFH platform.
Access to e-LFH is normally limited to NHS staff, however I am pleased to advise that the Royal College of Chiropractors has arranged access for chiropractors to the relevant e-IRMER and MRI Safety for Referrers learning modules on the e-LFH platform. This high-quality training is provided free of charge to RCC members and represents another valuable addition to the RCC membership package.
The same training is also available via the RCC for non-members at a cost of £115. This provides access until 1 March 2024. If you wish to make use of this essential resource, please contact email@example.com to obtain your access details.
RCC Publishes Patient Communication Practice Standard
The Royal College of Chiropractors’ Chiropractic Practice Standards are a new series of evidence-based documents designed to help chiropractors meet their obligations in the provision of high quality patient care and/or in ensuring good governance of their services. The RCC’s first Chiropractic Practice Standard, which has been officially launched today, focuses on communication with patients.
COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Controls (IPC) rules withdrawn
The governments of England and Wales have withdrawn their final COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Controls (IPC) rules, namely the PPE requirement for face masks to be worn in healthcare settings, unless there is a known Covid infection risk. For Scotland, the use of face masks will continue in healthcare settings, although expectations are that this rule may be withdrawn in July. Face mask use is still encouraged in Northern Ireland.
RCC Publishes Outcomes for Chiropractic Graduates
The RCC is pleased to announce the publication of Outcomes for Chiropractic Graduates, a document that defines the knowledge, skills and competencies that are expected of newly qualified chiropractors in the UK. The document has been produced by the UK Forum of Chiropractic Deans (FCD), a group comprising the leaders of all the UK chiropractic programmes and the Royal College of Chiropractors.
Outcomes for Chiropractic Graduates is informed by the Musculoskeletal Core Capabilities Framework, and closely maps to the IFOMPT Educational Standards in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy. It is aligned with the GCC Code, and supplements the GCC Education Standards by defining the core of what chiropractic graduates need to know and be able to do at the point of graduation.
It is the FCD’s role to keep Outcomes for Chiropractic Graduates up to date in consultation with the profession and the General Chiropractic Council such that it reflects the current requirements of contemporary practice.
CONSULTATION: Chiropractic Practice Standard: Communication with Patients
This consultation is now closed