In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have created this dedicated COVID-19 section aiming to provide vital information to all members and osteopaths, based on the most current UK Government guidelines.


Update: 5 January 2021

Following the introduction of further national lockdowns across the four home nations, healthcare settings can continue to operate under COVID secure measures and people can leave home to seek care for their health as needed.

It is critical that all osteopathic practices continue to be highly vigilant and review the robustness of your infection control measures, including use of PPE, pre-screening to determine the necessity for a clinic visit, and the provision of telehealth. Please continue to use the resources provided below for the latest guidance and advice on adapting and operating your practice.


Information and guidelines pertaining to the devolved nations:




  • For further information regarding Osteopaths working as vaccinators, please click here to read our full statement
  • You should not under any circumstances be in contact with anyone self-isolating due to symptoms of COVID-19. 


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Click on the links below to explore the relevant areas:


Adapting Your Practice

Here we provide a series of advice and guidance on how to operate your practice safely and effectively, whilst optimising patient care during the period of COVID-19 restrictions. This section includes guidance on the use of PPE, infection control, operating social distancing, and promoting public confidence in your operations.

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COVID-19 Resource Hub

To support you in the transition of adapting your practice in line with the current government legislation surrounding COVID-19, we have pulled together sources of information and created resources that we hope you will find helpful.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions relating to osteopathic practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAQ’s below are in line with current Government advice, NHS guidance and in alignment with other professional bodies for healthcare professionals operating in private practice.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Safety of the public and our members is of paramount importance, and the iO is following the UK Government advice on a daily basis. Any advice provided on this page is current as of the date of publishing, although such guidance may change quickly at short notice. The situation is unprecedented, the advice is changing rapidly and in some cases, there may not yet be definitive answers available. However, we will do our utmost to support our members and the profession throughout the period.

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