If you treat children in your practice how do you gain consent?

If you treat children in your practice how do you gain consent?

16 and 17 year olds can give consent to treatment providing they have ‘capacity’. What does ‘capacity’ mean? Can they… Understand the information being given to them. Retain the information. Weigh up the information in order to make a decision. Patients who are aged...
How do you know if you have gained informed consent?

How do you know if you have gained informed consent?

Therapists are aware that they need to gain consent for treatment from their patients. But how do you get consent? Do you… Ask them to sign a form when they first attend? Ask them at the beginning of the treatment session if they consent? Assume they have mental...
Is Your Documentation Up To Standard

Is Your Documentation Up To Standard

Would your documentation meet the standards if tested and do you know what the standards are? As therapists we recognise how important documentation is and many are aware of cases and instances of “if it isn’t written down it didn’t happen”, but do we know: What do...
What Is A Peer Review

What Is A Peer Review

What is a MSK peer review? A clinician who specialises in MSK (musculoskeletal) treatments will meet in person (or virtually) with another MSK clinician to review a set of patient notes together. They discuss why the clinician has chosen to do what they did and...
How Safe Are You When You Work Alone?

How Safe Are You When You Work Alone?

October 2021 HCPG has a question. When you work alone, how safe do you think you are? We are here to help you review this.   How often do you think about your own safety when you are working alone? Do you risk assess only: When you start to feel unsafe, or When you...
Chaperones In Healthcare

Chaperones In Healthcare

Let us first of all have a look at the definition of a chaperone. In essence, a chaperone is an impartial third party person who is present during a patient examination and/or treatment for the benefit of both the patient and physiotherapist. A chaperone is an adult...
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