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The GCC has been working with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) to explore how collaboration between health professionals can improve patient outcomes and quality of care. A collaborative approach can lead to better coordination of patient care and more effective communication between health professionals. 

GCC registrants have shared their experiences of working alongside osteopaths, GPs and other health professionals to deliver patient care. Their accounts outline the benefits and challenges of collaborative working, and offer their advice and best practice recommendations to clinicians to help foster relationships with other health professionals.  

Some of the key themes that were identified from their experiences include:

Regular engagement with other health professionals and especially GPs is key to building relationships and encouraging collaborative working.

“It’s in the best interests of the patient as well as chiropractors and osteopaths to build personal relationships with GPs and other healthcare networks. A proactive approach is needed and communication has to be the starting point.”  

Jonathan Field, a chiropractor who runs Back Active, a multi-disciplinary practice. 


Read Jonathan’s story here 

The specialist knowledge and advice from other health professionals can really make a difference in progressing a patient’s treatment.

“It’s important to appreciate the expertise of other health professionals. I understand the strengths of the osteopaths that I work with and they understand my strengths as a chiropractor. If we work together and combine our expertise we can more effectively meet the needs of the patient.” 

Dominic Cheetham, a chiropractor with over 30 years’ experience. 

Read Dominic’s story here 

Some health professionals don’t truly understand how chiropractic or osteopathic treatment can help patients, which can have an impact on collaborative working.   

“There is still a lack of understanding amongst a small number of GPs about the work of chiropractors. As a result, it is common for GPs to refer patients to a physiotherapist. Whilst this is the right solution for some patients, for others it would be more beneficial to be referred to a chiropractor or osteopath.” 

Louise Hampton, chiropractor and owner of Attend2Health, a multi-disciplinary practice. 

Read Louise's story here 

GPs and other health professionals will often work with clinicians that they know and trust to provide good quality patient care. 

 “A patient was recently referred by their GP to neurology on the basis of a referral letter from my practice. They didn’t need to wait for a GP appointment in order to progress a diagnosis. At a time when many GPs are only seeing urgent cases the level of trust and confidence between chiropractor and GP can benefit a patient enormously.” 


Eugene Pearce, a chiropractor based in Inverness whose practice, Highland Chiropractic Clinic, offers a multi-disciplinary approach. 

Read Eugene's story here 

Learn about their areas of expertise and in return, making sure they are aware of your strengths and those of your practice. Find out how the NHS pathways work in your local area. These can change so it is important to be a part of it, if possible.  

“There are times when we recognise that our team doesn’t have the specific skill set to help a patient. On these occasions, we look outside of the practice and make a referral to the clinician who, in our opinion, has the specialist expertise, for example, a consultant surgeon. We would always inform the patient’s GP of our recommendation. It is our responsibility as health professionals to have a good understanding of who is working in our affiliated space and to know their strengths too.” 

Dominic Cheetham, a chiropractor with over 30 years’ experience. 

Read more about experiences of collaborative working.

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