COVID-19: 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.

We will update guidance in line with Government advice and in conjunction with best practice for regulated healthcare professionals working in the private healthcare sector. As has been the case throughout, definitive answers to some questions may not always be available.

IMPORTANT: Presently, iO guidance states that you should not see a patient either in your clinic or in their home if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

Advice & Guides

For face to face consultations to be considered in your clinic, you must:

  1. Have undertaken a risk assessment of the working environment for which you are responsible and demonstrated how you have mitigated these risks, and recorded these.
  2. Ensure effective infection prevention and control measures including access to personal protective equipment (PPE).

To enable you to put these steps in place, please review the following guidance:


In addition to the above, we would recommend you review the below:

Insurance: If you have your insurance with the iO, our insurance partners are working with us to enable you to adapt your operations with a safe practice protocol in place. They require members to abide by legal and regulatory requirements and make safe and appropriate clinical decisions about their work. The iO’s insurers are there to support all initiatives by not restricting cover for medical malpractice and public liability (subject to the terms and conditions of the policy), providing you take all reasonable steps to follow best practice advice.


Useful Links

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Here you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions relating to osteopathic practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit the FAQs here.


Advice Webinars & Videos

WEBINAR: Adapting your Practice Post Lockdown, by Matthew Rogers and Halo Garrity – April 2020

While there are no certainties on what a phased return will look like, osteopaths will likely need to consider some adaptations as to how they operate. Matthew Rogers, iO Head of Professional Development, and Halo Garrity, Project Manager, guide osteopaths through areas of operation and practice that may need preparation under a phased return to increased activities.

*Please note that some of the information in this video may now have been superseded with more recent guidance.  

View the webinar here.


WEBINAR: Infection Control & PPE in Osteopathic Practice, by Ian Harrison and Professor Dawn Carnes – May 2020

A summary of best practice advice and guidance distilled from Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and the Centre for Disease Control (USA) about the important things to consider in respect of health and social care practice in the current COVID-19 environment.

*Please note that some of the information in this video may now have been superseded with more recent guidance.   

View the webinar here.


Donning and Doffing of PPE for Healthcare Professionals

What to expect from your Osteopathic appointment during COVID-19



IMPORTANT NOTE: The safety of the public and our members is of paramount importance, and the iO is following the UK Government advice. Any content provided on this page is current as of the date of publishing, although such content may change quickly at short notice. The situation is unprecedented 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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