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Maintaining a high level of professional competence and conduct is essential for the good practice of the profession. Good practice involves:

Recognising and working within the limits of the chiropractor’s competence

Recognising and working within the limits of the chiropractor’s competence and scope and area of practice, which may change over time.

Maintaining adequate knowledge

Maintaining adequate knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective care, including providing treatment/care and advice and where relevant, arranging investigations and liaising with, or referring to, other health professionals.

Practising patient-centred care

Practising patient-centred care, including encouraging patients to take interest in, and responsibility for, the management of their health and supporting them in this.

Maintaining adequate records

Maintaining adequate records (see Section 9.4 Health records).

Considering the balance of benefit

Considering the balance of benefit and harm in all clinical management decisions.

Communicating effectively with patients

Communicating effectively with patients (see Section 3.3 Effective communication).

Providing treatment/care options

Providing treatment/care options based on the best available information and practising in an evidence-based context and not being influenced by financial gain or incentives.

Ensuring that services offered

Ensuring that services offered are provided with the best possible skill, care and competence.

Alleviate the symptoms and distress

Taking steps to alleviate the symptoms and distress of patients.

Second opinion

Supporting the right of the patient to seek a second opinion.

Advice from colleagues

Consulting with and taking advice from colleagues when appropriate.

Responsible and effective

Making responsible and effective use of the resources available to chiropractors (see Section
6.2 Wise use of healthcare resources).

Chiropractor’s personal views

Ensuring that the chiropractor’s personal views do not adversely affect the care of their patients, and

Providing good care

Evaluating practice and the decisions made and action taken in providing good care.