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Standards of practice

The Osteopathic Practice Standards are the standards required of osteopaths to ensure the quality of care that patients are entitled to receive and to protect patients from harm.

There is also a pocket guide to the standards, and the Osteopathic Practice Standards quick guide, for quick reference. When osteopaths register with us, they receive the Osteopathic Practice Standards and the Continuing Professional Development Guidelines in an osteopathic standards folder.

Alongside the launch of our new CPD scheme we have published new Continuing Professional Development Guidance and Peer Discussion Review Guidance.

We have published updated Osteopathic Practice Standards, which take effect from 1 September 2019.

Osteopathic Practice Standards

Osteopathic Practice StandardsAll osteopaths are provided with a printed copy of the Osteopathic Practice Standards on registration. Further printed copies may be purchased at a cost of £2.50 each, plus £0.76 postage and packing in the UK. Postage and packing for Europe is £3.13 and for the rest of the world is £4.66.

To order copies email our communications department on info@osteopathy.org.uk or telephone 020 7357 6655 x242. If you are emailing please include your name, registration number if you are an osteopath, and the address you would like the copies posted to. We will include an invoice with your order.

A pdf of the Osteopathic Practice Standards can be downloaded by clicking on the image, above.

The Osteopathic Practice Standards are also available to download in Welsh. Mae’r Safonau Ymarfer Osteopathig ar gael yn y Gymraeg.

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Updated Osteopathic Practice Standards

Updated Osteopathic Practice StandardsWe have published updated Osteopathic Practice Standards that will come into effect from 1 September 2019. Click on the cover image to download a pdf of the updated standards and visit our dedicated standards website to see the updated standards in an interactive digital format and read more information about their development.

The Osteopathic Practice Standards 2019 are also available to download in Welsh. Mae’r Safonau Ymarfer Osteopathig 2019 ar gael yn y Gymraeg.

 

 


Osteopathic Practice Standards pocket guide

OPS pocket guideThis pocket guide sets out the 37 standards, without the detailed guidance included in the full Osteopathic Practice Standards document, for easy reference. Copies were sent to all existing osteopaths in August 2012 and those registering after that date will receive a copy in their new registrant's pack. Up to 10 further copies may be ordered free of charge. For larger quantities contact us to find out about costs.

To view a pdf copy of the guide, click on the image, right.

To order copies email our communications department on info@osteopathy.org.uk and please include your name, registration number if you are an osteopath, and the address you would like the copies posted to. We will include your invoice with your order.


Osteopathic Practice Standards quick guide

You can download and print out for reference this A4 size quick guide to the 37 osteopathic practice standards.


Osteopathic standards folder

Osteopathic Standards folderWhen osteopaths register with us, they receive this folder containing copies of the Osteopathic Practice Standards, the Continuing Professional Development Guidelines and the CPD forms. Further copies may be purchased at a cost of £5.00 plus £1.92 postage and packing in the UK. Postage and packing for Europe is £2.92 and for the rest of the world is £4.15.

To order copies email our communications department on info@osteopathy.org.uk and please include your name, registration number if you are an osteopath, and the address you would like the folder posted to. We will include your invoice with your order.


Continuing Professional Development Guidelines (current CPD scheme)

CPD Guidelines for OsteopathsOsteopaths are required to do a set amount of professional development each year, in order to renew their registration. The Continuing Professional Development Guidelines contains guidance for osteopaths about our continuing professional development (CPD) scheme. For more information about our CPD scheme see the Standards for Professional Development page.

New registrants are automatically sent a printed copy of the Continuing Professional Development Guidelines. Further printed copies may be purchased at a cost of £4.00 each plus £0.76 postage and packing in the UK. Postage and packing for Europe is £3.13 and for the rest of the world is £4.66.

To order copies email our communications department on info@osteopathy.org.uk and please include your name, registration number if you are an osteopath, and the address you would like the copies posted to. We will include your invoice with your order.

To view a copy of the guidelines, click on the cover image, left. 

Continuing Professional Development Guidance (new CPD scheme)

CPD guidance - new CPD schemeThis guidance supports osteopaths in meeting the new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme requirements. The CPD scheme provides assurance of continuing fitness to practise for every osteopath on the statutory Register, by encouraging osteopaths to develop their practice as members of a community of learning. This guidance is available to download by clicking on the cover image, right.

There is also specific guidance on the Peer Discussion Review, a key element of the new CPD scheme.