I. SUMMARISE KEY ASPECTS OF LEGISLATION, REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS AND CODES OF PRACTICE RELATING TO YOUR OWN ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
As an Osteopath, I abide by the statutory regulations of my profession meaning the duty to act according to the law, defined by an Act of Parliament. This law ensures all Osteopaths are registered, enforceable through the courts together with our Code of Practice; a set of rules outlining how an Osteopath is expected to behave in relation to a particular situation by the General Osteopathic Council (http://www.osteopathy.org.uk). Two acts of particular significance when considering teaching in the classroom or the student clinic are health and safety and disability discrimination. 1. Health and Safety (H&S): An Act that is in place to minimize/limit risk and assure the health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff, patients and the general public. The classroom and clinic premises equally must be clean, safe, hygienic, comfortable and appropriately equipped. The environment must be conducive to use and demonstration of osteopathic techniques. The law lays down detailed requirements for health and safety (www.legislation.gov.uk) in the workplace. The Osteopath/Teacher must ensure appropriate procedures are in place to cope in the event of an accident, medical emergency and avoid any negligent act. The official government site is regularly updated and the most current place to gather information from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE): (www.hse.gov.uk). 2. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 requires service providers to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for disabled people in the way they provide their services. The Act sets out possible options for service providers: removing, altering or avoiding a physical feature of their premises that makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for disabled people to use the service; or providing home visits. This act relates to Osteopathic Medicine in terms of the...
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