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Training & regulation

All British Chiropractic Association Chiropractors have undergone a minimum of a four-year, full-time, internationally accredited degree course. Studies include the medical sciences, clinical diagnostic skills, orthopaedic and neurological testing, taking and reading of x-rays. They are also trained to have a complete repertoire of chiropractic adjustment methods to suit the varied needs of patients and treat the whole range of musculoskeletal conditions.

Soon after graduation, Chiropractors follow a postgraduate training scheme (PRT), which provides the framework for a period of postgraduate training and professional development. PRT enables newly qualified chiropractors to work in professional clinical settings in regular contact with more experienced colleagues who act as trainers/mentors. In addition to practical clinical aspects, further structured education is provided. Each graduate is partnered with a recognised Chiropractic Trainer with whom they have regular contact. Each graduate must fulfil a range of learning requirements. Newly graduated Chiropractors thus complete the smooth transition to autonomous professional practice in the clinical setting.

The Chiropractor's learning continues throughout his/her professional career. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is now a statutory requirement, monitored by the General Chiropractic Council.

Statutory Regulation of Chiropractic

The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) is a UK-wide statutory body with regulatory powers, established by the Chiropractors Act 1994. It has three main duties:

  • To protect the public by establishing and operating a scheme of statutory regulation for chiropractors, similar to the arrangements that cover other health professionals
  • To set the standards of chiropractic education, practice and conduct
  • To ensure the development of the profession of chiropractic, using a model of continuous improvement in practice

Since June 2001 the title of 'chiropractor' has been protected by law and it is a criminal offence, liable to prosecution, to describe oneself as any sort of chiropractor without being registered with the GCC.

For more detail, please visit the GCC Website.

Opening times

Monday 8.30am - 9.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am - 9.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am - 9.00pm
Thursday 8.30am - 9.00pm
Friday 8.30am - 9.00pm
Saturday 8.30am - 12.00am
Sunday closed

Clinic details

26 Devon Square
Newton Abbot
Devon
TQ12 2HH (map)

Tel: 01626 20 20 26
Fax: 01626 20 20 29

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