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.


Information and guidelines pertaining to the devolved nations:




As of the 19 May, there is new guidance on the need to assess, managed and record risk, available from COVID-19: Adapting Your Practice, to ensure that the public, and those working within your practice, are confident that their safety is of paramount concern. Further guidance on how to determine and manage face to face consultations has also been issued and is available from COVID-19: Clinical Guidance.    

You should not under any circumstances be in contact with anyone self-isolating due to symptoms of COVID-19. 


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. 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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Clinical Guidance

Information and links to the latest clinical guidance, including details of high risk and vulnerable groups, and how to screen.

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Financial Support & Advice

This section provides advice and guidance on the financial support available to help small and medium sizes business during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Learning & Webinars

This section provides information on building professional online communities, mentoring, and you will also find CPD and learning resources, including access to recorded webinars hosted by the iO.

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Supporting the NHS

Interested in supporting the NHS during the the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis? This section has been created to provide vital information and resources pertaining to working with the NHS.

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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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Osteopathy For Health

Discover useful resources for exercises whilst under an imposed lockdown, mental health and general content related to the iO’s public health campaign, Osteopathy For Health.

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News & Videos

Keep abreast with the latest news and watch videos in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, produced by the Institute of Osteopathy. Transcripts are included for ease of reference and accessibility.

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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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