Learning & Webinars

Since the start of the pandemic, more of us are using technology and online methods for our CPD and learning and development. On this page, you will find the following:

  • Upcoming iO hosted webinars
  • Online learning modules
  • Research and clinical articles
  • Community groups and mentoring
  • Previous iO webinars (recordings)


Upcoming iO Webinars

The iO has been holding free webinars, open to all, since March. All webinars are recorded and available to watch on the iO’s YouTube channel or on this page.

Autumn Series – hosting the National Council for Osteopathic Research

This autumn we are delighted to be hosting a series of webinars delivered by colleagues from the National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR). All webinars are eligible for CPD and have been mapped to the Osteopathic Practice Standards.


DATE: Tuesday 1 December

TIME: 14:00 – 15:00 BST

DESCRIPTION: During this webinar, we will present information about manual therapy care and compare it with other types of care such as pharmaceutical interventions and probiotics for infantile colic and tummy time and helmets for infants with positional plagiocephaly.
By the end of this webinar, you should be able to answer parent questions about the effectiveness and risks involved with some of the most common interventions used to treat these conditions. This will help you and your patients make informed decisions about the care of infants.

PRESENTERS: Prof. Dawn Carnes

OSTEOPATHIC PRACTICE STANDARDS (OPS): This webinar will provide CPD relevant to the following sections of the OPS

  • A. Communication and Patient Partnership: A3, A4
  • B. Knowledge, Skills and Performance: B1, B3, B4
    C. Safety and Quality in Practice: C1

DURATION: 60 minutes

REGISTER: Book your seat here.

Online learning modules

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

Public Health England, FutureLearn – COVID-19: Psychological First Aid

Get psychological first aid (PFA) training and help people with different needs to cope with the emotional impact of COVID-19. This online learning module is free for all healthcare professionals, including osteopaths – visit the course here.

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 has removed the requirement to register and log in. Simply click on this link to access the e-Learning programme.


Research and clinical articles 

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.


Read more – Features & short reads – iO Member exclusives!

Community groups and mentoring

There is an increasing number of osteopathic community groups that have vibrant online communities. Below are details of the just some of these groups.

Why not consider creating your own community group? Read the following article by the iO Vice President, Glynis Fox

Find a mentor

Mentoring can provide valuable professional support, that maybe 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.

Previous iO Webinars


DATE: Tuesday 10 November

TIME: 16:00 – 17:00 BST

DESCRIPTION: Following the publication of her clinical development article in June’s Osteopathy Today, join Anji Gopal for a short presentation, Q&A and demonstration on the use of yoga as a practical, safe and evidence-informed therapeutic intervention to guide CLBP patients back to a less fearful, more mobile and fulfilling life. The skills demonstrated can be easily added to the package of care delivered by osteopaths for the management of Chronic or Persistent Low Back Pain, which has multi-factorial causation and be difficult to resolve by hands-on treatment alone.  The session will be instructive, interactive and allow you to experience this work first hand.


DURATION: 60 minutes



DATE: Tuesday 3 November

DESCRIPTION: The national council for osteopathic research with many motivated osteopaths has been collecting data from osteopathic patients over the last 6 years. We have been asking patients about themselves, their consultations and care, what happens to their symptoms and health, what they experience and whether they are satisfied. We now have a substantial database and during this webinar we will summarise this information and show how you too can collect data and learn more about your patients. By the end of this webinar you will be familiar with the concept of patient-reported outcomes and how they can be useful for practice.

PRESENTERS: Dr Carol Fawkes and Prof. Dawn Carnes

OSTEOPATHIC PRACTICE STANDARDS (OPS): This webinar will provide CPD relevant to the following sections of the OPS

  • A. Communication and Patient Partnership: A3, A4
  • B. Knowledge, Skills and Performance: B1, B3, B4
  • C. Safety and Quality in Practice: C1

DURATION: 60 minutes

PRESENTATION: Available for download here



DATE: Tuesday 6 October

DESCRIPTION: This webinar will present the results from our 2019 survey of osteopaths where we asked for information about practitioners, where and how they work. We asked about their patient’s ages and conditions and what happens during consultations.
We will compare the findings from our 2019 survey with our previous 2009 survey to show how practice has changed over the last 10 years.
By the end of this webinar, you will be able to compare your practice and patient profile against the national average. The information will also help you describe osteopathy to those who are not familiar with the profession.

PRESENTERS: Austin Plunkett, Dr Carol Fawkes and Prof. Dawn Carnes

OSTEOPATHIC PRACTICE STANDARDS (OPS): This webinar will provide CPD relevant to the following sections of the OPS

  • A. Communication and Patient Partnership: A3, A4
  • B. Knowledge, Skills and Performance: B1, B3, B4
  • C. Safety and Quality in Practice: C1

DURATION: 60 minutes

PRESENTATION: The findings of the report shared at this webinar will be available shortly. Once published, we will be able to provide a recording and copy of the slides from this webinar.




DESCRIPTION: This webinar will give an overview of the current evidence relevant to osteopathic care. The evidence presented is from systematic reviews and national guidance, we will focus on the recommendations made from moderate to strong quality evidence from published research summaries that indicate beneficial effects for patients. The data from this study will be presented to the Advertising Standards Authority for consideration. At the end of this webinar you will be able to say confidently what type of care, for whom has beneficial effects on which outcomes.

PRESENTERS:  Prof. Dawn Carnes, the Director of the National Council for Osteopathic Research UK

OSTEOPATHIC PRACTICE STANDARDS (OPS): This webinar will provide CPD relevant to the following sections of the OPS

  • A. Communication and Patient Partnership: A3, A4
  • B. Knowledge, Skills and Performance: B1, B3, B4
  • C. Safety and Quality in Practice: C1

DURATION: 60 minutes

Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Axial Spondyloarthritis: Reducing diagnostic delay


DESCRIPTION: Alex Corser and Zoë Clark discuss Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Axial Spondyloarthritis (including Ankylosing Spondylitis). This webinar explores how to effectively screen patients in clinic and reviews how to refer patients on for assessment and possible diagnosis, helping to reduce the average diagnostic delay.

Alex Corser is clinic director of the Penn Clinic, which specialises in complex cases and paediatrics. Zoë Clark is an osteopath who has worked with the National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society on projects that support patients self-manage their symptoms and increase knowledge of axial SpA, amongst healthcare professionals. Alex and Zoë are co-founders of Educate and Advocate Training and are committed to providing high-quality education for healthcare professionals while advocating for patients.

DATE: 25 June 2020

TIME: 14:00 – 15:00 BST

DURATION: 61 minutes

PRESENTATION: Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Axial Spondyloarthritis: Reducing diagnostic delay


Promoting Osteopathy: A New Approach, by Maurice Cheng

DESCRIPTION: Maurice Cheng – iO CEO – shares why a new approach to the 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

PRESENTATION: Promotion of Osteopathy: A New Approach to Marketing


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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