Apply to iO Council

Help lead us through the next decade

This year we have one seat on the iO Council up for election. If you are passionate about being an osteopath and want to help reach our ambition to become a growing and thriving profession, recognised and accessible by all, why not apply?

In the last few years, we have made giant leaps by gaining recognition as an allied health profession, building relationships with the ‘heavy hitters’ in UK health, such as Health Education England (HEE), Public Health England (PHE) and NICE, as well as investing in promoting osteopaths with the general public.

We are looking for motivated osteopaths, enthusiastic about working with us and confident to reach out to peers and other healthcare professionals. Whether its engaging healthcare, promoting osteopathy to the general public, building strong and diverse communities of practice, your role on the Council will enable you to contribute to securing a sustainable future for the profession.


Who should apply?

You are an enthusiastic iO member and registered osteopath keen to contribute to our work. You may be an osteopath of 20 years standing or a recent graduate, run a multi-disciplinary clinic or a sole practitioner.

What is key is your motivation to help continue the expansion and development of the profession, through your positive, constructive outlook and desire to work collaboratively both with others in the profession and wider healthcare. You are:

  • Confident in reaching out to peers and other healthcare professionals·
  • Dynamic in your skillset and experience·
  • Attentive to the challenges ahead to help face this ever-shifting environment·

Being a member of the Council requires a time commitment of around 12 days per year, as well as being proactive in overseeing projects, such as representing the iO at events and meetings, guiding Council projects, supporting the iO team and delivering sessions at Convention.


Webinar: Learn more about iO Council –  27 August, 4pm

Hosted by Maurice Cheng and President Susan Farwell, this webinar will be an open and interactive session at which you will have the opportunity to pose questions about being a council member and working with the iO.

Register here for your place on the webinar


“[Being a Council member] It’s a great way of understanding what’s going on beyond the clinic room. AHPs are increasingly expected to engage with their profession and other professions. The iO manages several projects that achieve this. I would encourage every osteopath to know that their job doesn’t end at the clinic and the profession.”

Austin Plunkett, iO Council member and NCOR researcher  

Application process

Before applying, we recommend you read the role specification document. Once you have completed your application please send it to Belinda Chavasse by close of business on Monday 14 September.

Key dates

  • Learn more about iO Council webinar 4pm Thursday 27 August
  • Closing date for applications is Monday 14 September
  • Elections take place at the iO AGM on Friday 20 November 



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