Convention is over, this year’s member insurance renewals are done, we’ve migrated our website to its new home at www.iOsteopathy.org and submitted our response to the GOsC’s consultation on the new Osteopathic Practice Standards. The iO team is breathing a collective sigh of relief as our busiest time of year draws to a close.
At the AGM in October, I took over as President from Robin Lansman. I cannot thank Robin enough for all he has done for the iO, and the support he has given me in my preparations to take on the role. He has built many important relationships with stakeholders from across the healthcare community, and left the organisation’s governance arrangements in a much stronger place. I hope that I can serve the profession as well.
I would also like to thank Kevin Mageean, who concludes his six-year term as a Lay member of Council. His level headed, and practical perspective has been invaluable and we will miss him. With 2017 coming to a close, it is time to look forward to next year. We expect to submit our application to gain a Royal Charter by the end of 2018.
With iO membership representing the majority of the profession, support from the key osteopathic stakeholders, and our successful engagement with the wider healthcare community, we are in a strong position.
2018 will start with a major strategic review as we develop our next five-year plan. We will be consulting with a wide range of osteopathic and external stakeholders, and we would welcome your views, so feel free to email me at ben@iOsteopathy.org.