New Quality Awards for Chiropractors who Meet Patient Expectations

The College of Chiropractors presented the first of a new type of quality award at its AGM in London yesterday. The ‘Patient Partnership Quality Mark’ (PPQM), developed in partnership with patients, was awarded to 60 chiropractic clinics that have demonstrated excellence in meeting the expectations patients have about their chiropractic care. The awards, presented by former Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Aidan Halligan, were made for a period of three years, after which successful clinics must reapply.

Margaret Hallendorff MBE, Chair of the College’s Lay Partnership Group which developed the award, said:
“Chiropractors provide safe and effective treatment and chiropractic patients express high levels of satisfaction about their care. The Patient Partnership Quality Mark encourages excellence among chiropractors and helps patients recognise the commitment chiropractors have towards meeting the expectations they have about their chiropractic care”

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About The College of Chiropractors
The College of Chiropractors is an academic membership organisation with over 1300 members and the following objectives:

  • to promote the art, science and practice of chiropractic;
  • to improve and maintain standards in the practice of chiropractic for the benefit of the public;
  • to promote awareness and understanding of chiropractic amongst medical practitioners and other healthcare professionals and the public;
  • to educate and train practitioners in the art, science and practice of chiropractic;
  • to advance the study of and research in chiropractic.

Members and Fellows of the College have always embraced postgraduate training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the public interest, pre-empting any statutory requirement. Since its incorporation in 1999, the College has worked with an eminent Advisory Board which supports the College in its aim to achieve a Royal Charter to signal the importance of chiropractic in complementing the mainstream healthcare professions, and to provide impetus to build an integrated chiropractic service around patients.

The College actively fosters patient and public involvement through its Lay Partnership Group and via patient representation on its governing Council.

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Chiropractic regulation
Chiropractic is regulated by Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom. The Chiropractors Act 1994 gives regulatory powers to the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). The GCC’s register of chiropractors opened in June 1999 and approximately 2200 chiropractors are currently registered. It is illegal for anyone in the UK who is not registered with the GCC to describe themselves as a chiropractor. For more information about the GCC, visit

Chiropractic care
Chiropractors are competent to diagnose and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health (General Chiropractic Council,

Evidence for chiropractic
There is a range of evidence to indicate that manipulation is safe and effective. This includes:
United Kingdom back pain exercise and manipulation (UK BEAM) randomised trial:
Effectiveness of physical treatments for back pain in primary care.

European Guidelines for the management of acute non-specific low back pain in primary care.

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