Guidance and Toolkits
Guidance and Toolkits to help registrants remain Code compliant across a number of professional activities.
GCC Guidance documents provide the registrant with GCC Code-based policy and best practice on a variety of subject areas.
GCC Toolkits are 'how-to' guides which, although Code compliant, aim to provide more top-line and helpful advice and guidance on a particular subject.
Joint Statements are developed in conjunction with other health and social care regulators and cover multi-discipline subjects.
In some cases, such as with advertising, both guidance and an accompanying toolkit will be created.
If you have any suggestions on toolkits that you believe would be useful to the chiropractic community, or feedback on the existing guidance and toolkits, please email.
Our Duty of Candour joint statement explains the expectation that all health and social care professionals should act openly and honestly with their patients in the event things go wrong (a duty of candour). Duty of candour is an implied requirement of the GCC Code.
The Conflicts of Interest joint statement sets out the expectations of how healthcare professionals should act in relation to avoiding, declaring and managing actual or potential conflicts of interest across all health and social care settings. It supports the GCC Code.
This joint statement has been agreed by all nine regulators overseen by the Professional Standards Authority.
You may also wish to review this illustrative scenario of a conflict of interest and how it might be managed.
Other illustrative scenarios from different regulators:
General Osteopathic Council: Making referrals to a colleague
General Medical Council: Disclosure
General Medical Council/General Pharmaceutical Council/Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland: Prescription direction
Health and Care Professions Council: NHS and private treatment
A mandatory duty to report female genital mutilation (FGM) cases to the police came into effect in England and Wales on 31 October 2015. It applies to all registered healthcare professionals, including chiropractors.
All chiropractors should familiarise themselves with the government’s guidance and resources. Under the legislation, failure to comply with the duty may result in a Fitness to Practise investigation.
The duty applies:
While the duty is limited to the specific circumstances described above, chiropractors should consider their wider safeguarding responsibilities in line with the standards outlined in the GCC Code.
Although the duty does not apply to Scotland and Northern Ireland, chiropractors should still follow local safeguarding procedures.
Scottish legislation is outlined here.
Information for those based in Northern Ireland is available here.
The Reflective Practice joint statement has been agreed by all nine regulators overseen by the Professional Standards Authority.
There are many benefits to becoming a reflective practitioner. This statement sets out our common expectations for health and social care professionals.
Being a reflective practitioner benefits people using health and social care services by:
As well as expecting the people we regulate to be reflective practitioners, we also have a duty to consider our own actions, and their effect. We are committed to improving how we provide assurance and protection to the public. We do this continuously in our work, through evaluation, to reflect and make changes in what we do and how we work.
This statement reflects the principles set out in each regulator’s individual code of practice, professional standards or guidance on reflective practice.
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