The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) fitness to practise insight report for 19/20 provides some interesting insights in to the most common reasons for referrals and outcomes for osteopaths.
GOsC Fitness to Practise Process
Before looking at the report, here is a brief overview of the GOsC’s Fitness to Practise process for reference.
In 19/20, the most common source of complaints against osteopaths were from patients and, perhaps more surprisingly, self-referrals.
In the 19/20 period, from receipt of formal complaint to decision:
It is clear from the above that investigations can take a long time to conclude. Whilst this is not unusual, there needs to be recognition of the fact that osteopaths subject to formal fitness to practise processes can find the process very stressful and it can impact on their mental health.
Linked to the discussion on the mental health impact on osteopaths subject to formal fitness to practise proceedings, the GOsC have signed up to support for osteopaths.
General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) Defence Barrister
Throughout the General Osteopathic Council’s fitness to practise process, there is opportunity for osteopaths to engage and respond. Early and robust engagement is often key to an early resolution to concerns raised.
The GOsC recommends in its guidance that “You should … get your own independent legal advice about the complaint and our request for your response as soon as possible.”