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I want to take this opportunity to provide an update on notable GCC activities.

New guidance on consent

In July, we published an update to our guidance on consent that contained several significant additions, including:

  • A new section on intimate examinations or treatments, including the process by which registrants must adhere, explaining why the examination/treatment is appropriate, assessing capacity, obtaining consent for the examination/treatment and providing privacy to the patient to maintain their dignity.
  • A new section on chaperones, including when to offer, the benefits, and options if a patient declines the offer.
  • A greater emphasis on obtaining consent as an ongoing condition of the decision-making process.
  • Additional focus on capacity, assessing capacity and capacity issues, some or all of which may affect a registrant's decision-making process.

Obtaining consent is at the centre of all patient care. In many of the complaints received by the GCC, I see an apparent failure around consent highlighted by patients. I, therefore, urge all registrants to review the new guidance as soon as possible.

Consultation on changes to Education Standards launched

Last week the GCC launched a policy consultation asking all stakeholders to submit their views on the new draft Education Standards

The revised Education Standards establish our expectations of chiropractic programmes even more clearly, ensuring highly competent healthcare professionals who can serve the growing needs of patients. The draft Education Standards also reflect current requirements and standards of other regulated professionals, furthering the development of chiropractic within the UK healthcare landscape.

We seek input and comment from as broad a community of stakeholders as possible. Registrants' insights are of great interest to us as past students and potential employers of future chiropractors. I encourage you to click here for further information and how you can submit your views to the consultation.

I wish you well for the remainder of your summer and look forward to a busy autumn.

Nick Jones

Chief Executive and Registrar 

CLICK HERE for more information about our Hearings Protocol consultation and how to submit your views.

CLICK HERE for more information about our Investigating Committee decision-making guidance consultation and how to submit your views.