Your questions answered

Got a question on the work of the Institute or the benefits of membership?  Your question may be answered below. If not, please email us on or post your comments and views on the iO Members Forum.

Why should I join the iO? Beyond the insurance/medico-legal advice that you can provide?

The iO’s defence/legal advice team has an excellent record of supporting osteopaths when issues arise but our members benefit from far more.

  • As a member you can keep connected with the latest in the profession through our magazine, Osteopathy Today and our fortnightly e-newsletter ConnectiOns.
  • Our magazine provides CPD articles and quizzes to develop your clinical skills to enable you to keep up with your CPD hours and advice and insights to build your practice.
  • We can support your business with a free listing on our website section ‘Find an Osteopath’ and members can advertise vacancies or search for jobs on our ‘Osteopathic Opportunities’.
  • You can also keep connected through our members online forum  – where you can post questions and start discussion with other iO members on topics of interest to you.
  • Our annual iO convention is also a great event to access quality CPD as well as network with Osteopaths from the UK and abroad.  Members can access discounts when booking early.
  • In addition, in 2016 we introduced a series of CPD workshops, with members receiving discounted rates.
  • We can provide you with quality patient information leaflets and posters either printed or downloadable from our website. And rather than reinvent the wheel, our online resource library has many useful documents from patient record cards to principal/associate agreements and everything in between.

Not least, as a member you are contributing to the work of the iO in promoting, developing and uniting the profession. The iO is a member of the Osteopathic Development Group (ODG), the national initiative designed to bring the profession together for the improvement and development of osteopathy working on projects such as Mentoring, Leadership, Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) and Career Development.

Why change name to the Institute? Is this just a new logo?

Previously, the British Osteopathic Association (BOA) successfully functioned as a union for osteopaths, offering high quality professional support and mediation. However the needs of the profession are changing as is the world that we operate in. In response to member feedback, in 2013 we decided to enhance the scope of the organisation to include promotion and development of osteopathy and act to represent a unified profession. The rebrand to the Institute of Osteopathy reflects these ambitions and the additional responsibilities and change of purpose from a union to a true professional body.

What’s the benefit of Royal Chartered status?

Royal Charter status will bring osteopathy in line with all other health care professions in the UK. Osteopathy is now operating in the 21st Century and the needs of the profession, and the world that we are operating in, are changing.

Achieving Chartered or Royal college status indicates that a profession has reached a certain standard of professional maturity and credibility. It enhances public trust in the profession, both from patients and other health professionals.

Most professions within healthcare have now achieved such recognition – Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Royal College of Chiropractors, Nursing and GPs.

If the profession is to remain and continue to develop as a primary healthcare provider, we cannot be left behind and must aspire to achieve Royal charter status.


What does the iO vision/purpose mean in reality?

bringing Osteopathy together
The iO has enhanced its scope to include the promotion and development of osteopathy to represent a unified profession

Our Vision: Is to bring osteopathy into the 21st century by achieving Royal Charter Status This will bring the profession in line with other primary health care providers such as Chiropractors, physiotherapists, nurses and GP’s.

Our Mission: In response to member feedback, in 2013 we decided to enhance the scope of the organisation to include promotion and development of osteopathy and act to represent a unified profession, while continuing to support our members’ interests.

To this end, the iO is a member of the ODG, managing and coordinating projects which include Mentoring, Leadership, Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) and Career Development to name but a few.

  • We are committed to continuous review and enhancement of our member services, such as:
  • The introduction of a new format  to the Osteopathy Today magazine and fortnightly e-newsletters.
  • The annual iO convention – The only national osteopathic event in the UK which brings together osteopaths from all sections of the profession from the UK and abroad
  • In 2016 we commenced a series of CPD workshops at discounted rates for our members.

We are continuing to review our support for members and how we can develop the profession and welcome suggestions, views and comments from all members of the profession.

Please send your comments, views and suggestion to or post them on the iO Members Forum.



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