The NICE guideline for ‘Low back pain and sciatica in over 16s: assessment and management’ [NG59] originally published in 2016 has recently been updated. Whilst the guidance on manual therapy remains unchanged, there have been some changes in the recommended pharmaceutical management of this condition, most notably: Clinicians are advised not to offer gabapentinoids, other antiepileptics, oral corticosteroids or benzodiazepines for the management of sciatica. They are also encouraged to avoid prescribing opioids for managing chronic sciatica and are encouraged to explain the risks of these medications to patients who are already using them for sciatica. The new guidance continues… Read more ›
To support osteopaths with their CPD requirements, the Institute of Osteopathy has launched an online ‘Peer’ directory on which you can search and identify a peer with whom you can conduct your peer review discussion. With the introduction by GOsC of the new CPD scheme in 2018, came the requirement for osteopaths to undertake a ‘Peer Discussion Review’ with another healthcare professional towards the end of their three-year CPD cycle. For many, this will be next year (2021). While the ‘Peer Discussion Review’ will normally be completed towards the end of your CPD cycle, osteopaths are encouraged to identify and… Read more ›
On the 20th August, Public Health England (PHE) published its updated guidance on infection control and prevention for healthcare settings, which applies to all countries in the UK. Since its publication, we have been reviewing its application to private practice settings in discussion with other healthcare professions operating in our sector, as well as PHE. The main update so far determined is a change in infection control requirements around aeration and spacing between patients, which we know has been particularly challenging for many. We can now confirm that fallow periods for aeration between patients are no longer required. That said, it… Read more ›
Scottish osteopath Julie Powell-Evans has been part of the Test and Trace programme in England and Wales, working as a Clinical Contact Case Worker since May. Julie shares with us her experience of being part of this initiative. ”I’ve joined a nationwide community of welcoming and supportive healthcare professionals. This unprecedented assembly of nurses, health visitors, pharmacists and Allied Health Professionals (AHP) including osteopaths, all working together with a common purpose. “It can be a strange hearing about my contact tracing job on the radio or reading about it in the papers. My experience is a far cry from the… Read more ›
This autumn there will be an election for a new member to the iO Council as Ben Katz, our Past President, steps down after 10 years of dedication and service to both the profession and to the Institute. I invite you to consider standing for Council at this important time for the Osteopathic profession. The Institute is our professional body, in existence to support osteopaths but also to ensure that the profession thrives and grows. The Institute has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. We are driven by the need to raise the profile of Osteopathy,… Read more ›
We are delighted to announce that Glynis Fox has been elected as Vice President of the Institute of Osteopathy. Hailing from Edinburgh, Glynis has been a member of the Scottish Osteopathic Society since graduating and runs a dynamic community group for osteopaths in the Edinburgh area.
Following an increasing number of members contacting us eager to return to work but still awaiting confirmation of their change of status from ‘Non-Practising’ to ‘Fully Registered’, we have been in touch with the GOsC for an update and advice to enable you to start work as soon as possible.
The Government announcement that further eases restrictions in England is to be welcomed by everyone and brings with it, we hope, increasing public confidence, including the confidence to seek osteopathic care.
Following a generous donation from the NCSO, we are delighted to be able to re-open the iO’s Hardship Fund for applications from iO members who are experiencing severe financial hardship as a result of the impact of COVID-19.
Following the recent announcements from the devolved nations of Wales and Northern Ireland, and the Channel Islands, we are recommending osteopaths operating in these countries consider opening out their practice to see patients other than emergency cases.