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Mandatory vaccinations for healthcare professionals

  Since the Government announced its intention to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for those working in the care home sector, we have been monitoring the situation closely as we would have serious concerns should this mandate be extended to all healthcare professionals, such as osteopaths. We fully support the national vaccination programme and its vital role in protecting public health. In line with other professional bodies, we would, however, have serious concerns about the introduction of a mandatory policy which would raise ethical and legal considerations. Such a policy has the potential to lead to a loss in the healthcare… Read more ›

Returning to practice

  In light of recent enquiries we have received from our members, please find below some initial guidance on what is required for those wishing to return to practising after a period of non-practising. In all instances, we would advise that you contact the GOsC for full advice and guidance on updating your registration status.   If you have been registered as non-practising for less than two years, you will be advised to provide the following: Date you are planning to return to practice A copy of insurance from that date Updated practice details Once the above details have been received and thoroughly… Read more ›

19 July onwards

Since the Government announced its intention to relax social restrictions from 19 July onwards, we have been consulting with the relevant public bodies, counterparts in private healthcare and regulators to determine what impact this may have on operational advice for private practice osteopaths. In short, the outcome is that there is little that will change in terms of the required infection control measures under which we are currently operating. On the main question, the use of masks by patients: in line with the public health bodies of England and the home nations and Government recommendations, it is still recommended that… Read more ›

Calling for observation opportunities

  As we cautiously move to more normalised activities, we are receiving increasing requests about observational practice visits. In response, the Osteopathic Alliance (OA) and the iO are collaborating to encourage osteopaths who are willing to open for observations to add their details to the iO Mentoring platform which has been expanded to facilitate these opportunities.   Nadine Hobson, Chair of the OA, the coalition of osteopathic post-registration colleges, said of the initiative: “Having incorporated observational practice visits into our courses and teaching clinics for a long time, the OA understand the value these bring to osteopathic development. There is… Read more ›

BREXIT: UK trained osteopaths and EU working

  Following the UK’s departure from the EU in January, the iO commissioned a report to ascertain the short to mid-term impact on UK Osteopathy.  The immediate impact is the cessation of the mutual recognition of professional qualifications between the UK and Europe. It is therefore important that any UK trained or registered osteopaths intending to work in the EU check the osteopathic registration and qualifications requirements of their destination country before they start work. To work within the EU you will also need to confirm the work visa requirements for that individual country. All EU osteopaths who wish to… Read more ›

Participate in the development of a treatment pathway for people with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

  Osteopaths have been invited to take part in a study to develop a consensus treatment pathway for those with lumbar spinal stenosis by completing an online Delphi survey. The study is being conducted by the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) Taskforce on the Diagnosis and Management of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.   The ISSLS Taskforce would like clinicians and academics who have expertise/ experience in managing patients with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS) from a wide range of professional backgrounds and geographical regions to have the opportunity to take part. The aim of the study is… Read more ›

Have you got ‘Lockdown back’ or ‘Tech-neck’? Let’s get you moving…

  As life moves forward, it’s time to tackle those habits that have led to ‘Lockdown back’ and ‘tech neck and get people moving again. As part of International Osteopathic Healthcare Week (2 – 9 May), we want to promote good habits and provide easy to follow advice for people to help them get moving again. Matthew Rogers, registered osteopath and Head of Professional Development at the iO, explains more about the phenomenon that has emerged since COVID began. “In 2020, many people suddenly stopped their normal work or exercise routines and instead, found themselves sitting for longer in front… Read more ›

Insurance for online training of additional and adjunctive therapies

  Recent challenges have seen an increase in the provision of online training for many additional and adjunct therapies often incorporated into osteopathic practice. The iO’s insurance partners are experienced, accommodating, and flexible when it comes to enabling insured members to diversify, improve and adapt their therapeutic approach and are willing to accept online training in many instances. However, the removal of in-person training when it relates to therapies using, for example, acupuncture needles, raises questions of the ability for this training method to check the competency of the practitioner to the levels required. Insurers are not themselves experts in… Read more ›

New AHP student placement project starts

An innovation in Allied Health Professions (AHP) student placements is being piloted by Health Education England (HEE) and facilitated by the Institute of Osteopathy (iO). It will see osteopathic clinics at higher education institutions provide clinical observation opportunities for other AHP students, initiating a framework for interdisciplinary working between AHP professions at the undergraduate level. The project, which is being coordinated by the iO’s Head of Professional Development Matthew Rogers, will see the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, European School of Osteopathy and the University College of Osteopathy welcome students from Kings College, London South Bank University, St Georges and… Read more ›

Calls for case studies on Long CoViD

  The National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR) has launched a project to collect information about patients presenting with Long CoViD symptoms and how they respond to osteopathic care. NCOR is asking osteopaths for examples of such cases to build a knowledge base about the condition and the potential role osteopaths can play in its management.  Dawn Carnes of NCOR explains further: “A year on from the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 disease, we are seeing, in some patients, a complex mix of long-term symptoms following the acute phase of the disease.  Potential symptoms of Long CoViD are numerous and can include… Read more ›