The Royal College of Chiropractors Health Policy Unit has recently published a new article for chiropractors entitled “Navigating Consent: A Chiropractor’s Guide in Light of the Montgomery Ruling”. The article explores the concept of consent, its importance in chiropractic care and explains the background to the Montgomery ruling and how it impacts chiropractors in the UK.

The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) said the “article will likely be of particular interest to registrants who have yet to complete the self-reflection questions within the current continuous professional development (CPD) cycle on their knowledge and competency concerning consent.”

For the 2022/2023 CPD year, all GCC registrants must include a particular focus on consent relating to Principle E of The Code, which requires chiropractors to obtain informed consent for all aspects of patient care.

This focus on consent follows the publication of guidance in July 2022 that sets out the basis on which patients provide consent to treatment. It underlines the requirement that you must be satisfied that consent has been given before undertaking any examination, investigation or treatment. Furthermore, it sets out the principles on which good clinical decisions should be based and provides a framework for good practice that covers the various situations that chiropractors may face in their work.

Over the last year, the GCC has published a number of documents intended to assist registrants with their self-reflection on consent:

alongside the following documents which will help registrants complete their CPD log

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