Chiropractic Quality Standards

18th January 2014 - Chiropractic Quality Standards

The Royal College of Chiropractors is an independent professional body with the remit of raising standards of chiropractic care within the UK. The Royal College works towards this goal by guiding research and education, and liaising with the NHS and other medical professions.

Although their means are slightly different, the common aim of promoting excellence makes it interesting to explore how Sure Health compares to those standards set by the Royal College.

The Royal College of Chiropractors have released a set of quality standard information sheets that outline what patients should expect from chiropractors when they have acute low back pain and acute neck pain. Acute means present for less than 10 days.

Download Quality Standards here:

Lower Back Pain

Neck Pain

While the Quality Standards are an admirable attempt to homogenise the care offered by chiropractors for lower back pain and neck pain, the standards fall some way short of those we aspire to at Sure Health.

For example, three days is a very long time to wait for an appointment if you are in pain and paying privately. With this in mind, Sure Health Chiropractic strive to offer same day appointments in all but the most exceptional circumstances. We are open six days a week, evenings and early mornings, as well as offering emergency appointments when needed, albeit at extra cost.

Similarly, rather than waiting two weeks to review your condition, Sure Health review and reassess at each visit. This takes our clinicians extra time, but ensures no time is wasted in achieving the best outcome for our patients

Building on this, rather than referring patients after four weeks if symptoms persist, Sure Health protocol mandates patients are referred in half this time.