COVID-19: Learning & Webinars

There are some great examples from across the osteopathic community of how osteopaths are embracing technology to keep up their skills and learning, connect and create osteopathic communities, and stay connected with patients.

We’ve created the following section to provide our members with the latest in how to adapt their practice and consider new ways of working and much more.

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Generic Online Learning Modules

There are several providers that provide CPD webinars, some specific for osteopaths and some more widely for healthcare practitioners. Webinars are a great way to accumulate the required CPD hours for practice.

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) – Online Modules

The RCGP online modules are now free to use for anyone looking to undergo extra CPD, including Axial Spondyloarthritis modules – visit the course here.

For more information on all the RCGP courses, click here.

Health Education England Coronavirus (COVID-19) e-Learning Programme

This programme has been created by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. A team of AHPs have been included in the creation of this content. The programme includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavi​rus.

It is freely available to colleagues working in the NHS, independent sector and social care. HEE have removed the requirement to register and log in. Simply click on this link to access the e-Learning programme.


CPD & Research

Osteopathy Today

iO members have exclusive access to a wide range of CPD articles available on our website. Read more here.

National Council of Osteopathic Research (NCOR)

Provides great snap-shot summaries on a range of topics and lots of information and evidence to inform your practice. Visit their website here.

International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (IJOM)

Peer reviewed articles relevant to osteopathic practice, available from the O-Zone from the GOsC website.


Find a mentor!

Mentoring can provide valuable professional support, that may be even more welcome during this challenging time. You can find a mentor using the new mentor matching platform here.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, you can refer to the mentoring toolkit available to download from the ODG website.


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iO Webinars

The iO has been holding free webinars, open to all. We have been recording these of which are available from our YouTube channel or on this page.


Previous Webinars

TITLE: Promoting Osteopathy: A New Approach, by Maurice Cheng

DESCRIPTION: Maurice Cheng – iO CEO – shares why a new approach to promotion of osteopathy is needed, the results of the iO’s investment into extensive market research, and shares exciting new concepts of what promotion of osteopathy can look like, including plans for a national campaign.

This was an opportunity for osteopaths want to consider how they may want to kick-start promotion of their own practice in the future, and some of the resources that the iO will make available for use.

DATE: 28 May 2020

TIME: 14:00 – 15:00 BST

DURATION: 63 minutes


TITLE: Meet the iO Team – A Q&A with your Professional Body

DESCRIPTION: The iO’s senior team hosted a question and answer session where osteopaths had the opportunity to pose questions directly to Maurice (CEO), Matthew (Head of Professional Development) and Georgina (Head of Operations).

This session was the profession’s chance to put forward their questions of relevance to practice and the profession, both COVID-19 related and otherwise.

DATE: 26 May 2020

TIME: 16:00 – 17:00 BST

DURATION: 69 minutes


TITLE: Shoulder Rehabilitation – Concepts and Exercises for Online Support, by Tim Allardyce

DESCRIPTION: Tim Allardyce links shoulder pathologies and concepts of rehabilitation, with specific examples of exercises that can be prescribed to patients remotely. This is a must-see webinar for anyone who finds shoulder rehabilitation complicated and challenging. Tim looks at some of the myths and how you can utilise rehab principles for patient improvement.

DATE: 21 May 2020

TIME: 14:00 – 15:00 BST

DURATION: 69 minutes


TITLE: Infection Control and PPE in Osteopathic Practice, by Ian Harrison and Professor Dawn Carnes

DESCRIPTION: 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 current COVID-19 environment.

Ian Harrison – an osteopath with 24 years of clinical practice who originally trained a Medical Radiographer working in the NHS and private sector – and Professor Dawn Carnes – Director of the National Council for Osteopathic Research – consider and interpret what this might mean in practice, cover infection prevention and control (IPC), personal protective equipment (PPE), the issue of aerosol-generating procedures and what is important in the context of osteopathic care.

DATE: 7 May 2020

TIME: 14:00 – 15:00 BST

DURATION: 64 minutes


  1. Considerations for infection prevention and control and personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 crisis – Professor Dawn Carnes
  2. Getting back to practice: Infection control and PPE equipment after COVID-19 lockdown – Ian Harrison


TITLE: Rehab: Principles and Practice to help during COVID-19, by Tim Allardyce

DESCRIPTION: Tim Allardyce shares practical advice on how to provide exercise prescription remotely. Tim uses examples like post-operative exercises, acute and chronic lower back pain rehab exercises, and exercises for seniors and those self-isolating.

DATE: 30 April 2020

TIME: 14:00 BST

DURATION: 54 minutes


TITLE: Adapting your Practice Post Lockdown, by Matthew Rogers and Halo Garrity

DESCRIPTION: While there are no certainties on what a phased return will look like, we will likely need to consider some adaptations as to how we operate.

Matthew Rogers, iO Head of Professional Development, and Halo Garrity, iO Project Manager, guide osteopaths through areas of operation and practice that may need preparation under a phased return to increased activities.

DATE: 23 April 2020

TIME: 14:00 BST

DURATION: 62 minutes


TITLE: Mentoring – Professional Support at a Time of Need, by Matthew Rogers

DESCRIPTION: The iO hosted a webinar where Matthew Rogers, Head of Professional Development for the Institute of Osteopathy presented on mentoring during a time of need.

DATE: 9 April 2020

TIME: 14:00 BST

DURATION: 56 minutes


TITLE: Central Sensitisation and Pain, by Matt Wallden

DESCRIPTION: In this webinar, Matt Wallden speaks about the clinical implications of central sensitisation and its related pain. Topics include descending sensitisation, Central Sensitivity Syndrome, central sensitivity & motor control, physiological load & central sensitivity, and how you can assess physiological load or central sensitivity clinically.

DATE: 16 April 2020

TIME: 13:30 BST

DURATION: 121 minutes


TITLE: Finance Advice for Osteopaths during COVID-19, by Michael Bennett FCCA

DESCRIPTION: Michael addresses many of the common questions posed by osteopaths about both business support and the new self-employed reliefs, plus other practical advice on managing finances.

DATE: 31 March 2020

TIME: 13:00 BST

DURATION: 51 minutes


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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