Osteopathic Communities of Practice

Osteopathy in the UK is backed by a growing network of Communities of Practice (Regional societies, local and common interest groups) that provide opportunities to engage with and meet other osteopaths to share best practice, CPD, social activities and provide a network for collaboration.

Below is a list of the current communities across the UK/


Would you like to start a local or clinical interest group?

The iO, in collaboration with the Osteopathic Development Group, has produced:

  • Communities of Practice, setting up and sustaining a vibrant osteopathic community

This guide to starting and running a community of practice draws on the experiences of those running successful groups and provides practical advice for both existing societies or those wishing to start an osteopathic society or group. Download your copy from here.

Bristol Osteopathic Society was recognised for the work it does for its members by winning the Community of Practice category at the 2017 iO Awards. We spoke to Tim Chapman, Chair, to find out more about this successful society.

Common Interest Groups

Animal Osteopathic Common Interest Group: Email associationofanimalosteopaths@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page.

Headache Management Group: www.ophm.org

Osteopathic Performing Arts Care Association (OPACA): Email membership@opaca.co.uk or visit www.opaca.co.uk


NCOR research hubs

NCOR have research hubs available in the following areas;

  • Bristol 
  • Exeter
  • Haywards Heath
  • Leeds

Meetings usually last for 2 hours and take place online. Please visit https://www.ncor.org.uk/category/hubs/ to find out more. For information about joining any of the research hub meetings, please contact Carol Fawkes.


Regional Societies and Local Groups

Greater London

London Osteopathic Society: www.londonosteopathicsociety.org.uk

Waltham Forest Osteopathic Group: www.wfog.co.uk


South East

Canterbury Osteopathic Group: Telephone 01227 264655

Central Sussex Osteopaths: Telephone 01273 203820 or email info@thedriveosteopaths.com

Gatwick Regional Osteopaths: Telephone 01293 784200 or email gatwickregionalosteo@outlook.com

Kent and East Sussex Osteopaths: Telephone 07891 043497 or visit www.keso.org.uk

Reigate & Redhill Osteopaths: Telephone 01883 740074 or email reigate.clinic@gmail.com

W. Sussex Regional Group: Telephone 07969 526607 or email prohealth@btinternet.com


South West

Bristol Osteopathic Society: Telephone 0117 968 5107 or email enquiries@bristolosteopaths.com

Dorset Osteopathic Group: Email dorsetosteogroup@gmail.com

Wessex Group of Osteopaths: Telephone 01425 279737 or email johnmvesey@gmail.com

Western Counties Society of Osteopaths: www.wcso.org.uk


Central England

Birmingham Osteopathic Network and Educational Society: email marketing@ebrookosteopathy.co.uk

East Midlands Osteopathy CPD: Telephone 0115 930 6582 or email mjaj.johnson@googlemail.com

Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Osteopathic Group: Telephone 01367 244699 or email marianne.bennison@icloud.com

Oxfordshire Osteopathic Network: www.osteopathicnetwork.org.uk or email jimruddick@osteopathicnetwork.org.uk

South Bucks Osteopathic Society: Telephone 01494 783692 or email paulmitterhuber@hotmail.co.uk


Eastern & Home Counties

Anglian Osteopathic Group: Telephone 01778 426000 or email josunner@gmail.com

Beds, Bucks, Essex, Norfolk, Cambs, Suffolk, Herts: www.bbensch.co.uk

Cambridgeshire Osteopathic Group: Telephone 01223 235651 or email info@oakingtons.com

Essex Osteopaths: Telephone 07769 560305 or email wendysaxby@hotmail.co.uk

Hornchurch CPD: Telephone 01708 702200 or email hornchurch-cpd@bodybalance.co.uk

Norfolk Osteopathic Society: Email norfolkosteopathicsociety@gmail.com

Osteopaths in Bedfordshire: Email osteopathsinbedfordshire@gmail.com

Suffolk Osteopaths: Telephone 01394 387818 or email suffolkosteopaths@gmail.com


Northern England

Northern Counties Society of Osteopaths: Telephone 01423 868388 or visit their facebook page.

Northern Cumbria Osteopaths: Telephone 01228 524701 or email carlsimmonds74@gmail.com

North East Osteopaths Network (Covering Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Cleveland) : Telephone 0191 289 5102 or email anncmfarthing@gmail.com

Osteopathic CPD, Cheshire: www.osteopathiccpdcheshire.org.uk

S. Manchester Osteopathic Group: Telephone 01625 530977 or email richardg.osteo@googlemail.com

Sheffield Osteopathic Association: Telephone 0114 230 3201 or email susanpawsey@dsl.pipex.com

Yorkshire Osteopathic Community: crofthouseclinic@hotmail.co.uk



Scottish Osteopathic Society: www.scottishosteopathicsociety.org or visit their facebook page.

Edinburgh Osteopaths Peer Support Group: Email Kenneth McLean on kenneth@kennethmclean.com or contact Glynis Fox on osteodiary@gmail.com / 0131 5572211. Alternatively, visit their Facebook page.



North & Mid Wales Osteopathic Society: Telephone 01766 514680 or email info@harboursideclinic.co.uk

South Wales Osteopathic Society: www.osteopathywales.org.uk


Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s Osteopaths: Telephone 07971 470679 or email niosociety@gmail.com


British Overseas Territories

(GOsC registration legally required)
Gibraltar Osteopathic Society: Telephone 350 200 49999 or email pris71.jef@gmail.com

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