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Osteopaths working as vaccinators

  Following concern expressed by some osteopaths who have applied to become vaccinators that osteopathy is not listed on the Patient Group Directive (PGD), we have been working to clarify the situation. Firstly, we can confirm that osteopaths can apply, train and work as vaccinators as part of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out programme. The process by which this will be applied is under the Patient Specific Direction (PSD) where osteopaths are directed by prescribers to administer the vaccine, as detailed in the C0923 issued by NHS England on the legal mechanisms for administration of the COVID-19 vaccines. Operating under a… Read more ›

Priority access to vaccine for healthcare workers

  As of 7 January, NHS England and Improvement has written to all NHS Trusts, Primary Care Networks and GP practices outlining the operational guidance for the vaccination of frontline healthcare workers, which includes those operating in private practice, such as osteopaths. We expect the other home nations to follow shortly. As the regional mechanisms for identification, invitation and delivery are put in place, we are working to identify how those osteopaths who wish to receive the vaccine can be identified by their local NHS Trust hubs who are coordinating the vaccination programmes at a local level. In the meantime,… Read more ›

2021: Hope with continued vigilance

  I had hoped to open with a ‘Happy New Year’. I think we all said goodbye to 2020 with a building sense of hope that 2021 will be the New Year where restrictions are eased, the benefits of the vaccines come into effect, and we can again operate with some semblance of normality. While there is light at the end of the tunnel, the new COVID variant has seen the country again plunged into national lockdowns and in the coming weeks we will all have to live with even tougher social restrictions to reduce transmission. The public health guidance… Read more ›

Seasons Greetings from the iO

  Our festive wishes and thanks to all our members   It’s hard to believe that another year has passed by so quickly, even with all the challenges we have faced. While some challenges and uncertainly may still remain, we look forward with hope. We would like to thank you for the extremely kind words and support that we have received from you over the year. We strive to put our members at the heart of everything we do, and we thank you for you for your trust and co-operation. Susan Farwell, President, gives a personal message to all our… Read more ›

Thanks and farewell to Ben Katz

  After nine years of dedicated service, Ben said goodbye to the iO at the AGM. Since he was first elected to the British Osteopathic Association council in 2011. He has seen it evolve into the Institute of Osteopathy and the organisation it is today. Susan reflects on Ben’s time on Council.   “Ben’s contribution to the profession has been enormous. He has a deep commitment to osteopathy in its widest sense and he has shown us a clear vision for what osteopathy should be in the foreseeable future.“ One council member from 2012 recalls a quiet and reflective Ben… Read more ›

Students get a voice with a new committee

  With 60% of osteopathic students now members of the iO, we have created a new committee with student representatives from each of the undergraduate colleges. The iO Student Committee met virtually for the first time in December. Chaired by iO CEO Maurice Cheng, and welcomed by iO President Susan Farwell, we heard the views of students about the iO and began discussions on the priorities and support that students are seeking to enable them to have successful careers as osteopaths. Maurice said at the meeting: “It is important that the iO has a means of listening to the views… Read more ›

2020 iO Award Winners Announced

This year the iO Awards took place virtually at our Annual General Meeting on Friday 20 November. To reflect the changing landscape we adapted this year’s accolades with nominations sought for two awards: Outstanding Practice during COVID-19 and Community of Practice, alongside the iO President’s Medal and Rising Stars being celebrated.   The iO extends its sincere congratulations to all of this year’s deserving winners. Click here to find out more about each iO Award Winner and iO Rising Star.    Outstanding Care During COVID 19 Award WINNER: Adam Sealey WINNER: Trowbridge Osteopaths and Wellbeing Centre   HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bridgeham… Read more ›

Daniel Collis elected as new iO Council Member

  At the iO’s Annual General Meeting held on Friday 20 November 2020, which saw the highest turn out by members of any previous AGM, Daniel Collis was elected as the new member of the Council. This year’s elections saw a field of six strong candidates for the seat vacated by Ben Katz, Immediate Past President, who stepped down from his place on the iO council after nine years of dedicated service to the iO and the development of the profession. Daniel graduated from the European School of Osteopathy with a first-class master’s degree. He also represents recent graduates as… Read more ›

PROMs app to capture COVID-19 information

  The Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) app is a vital tool to capture patient information and it is now being expanded to collate information from osteopathic patients about lasting symptoms of COVID-19. The National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR), who developed the original PROMs app for osteopathic practice, has included new questions for patients about COVID-19 in addition to the information that they are asked currently. Dr. Carol Fawkes Ph.D. who developed the original osteopathic PROMs app as part of her doctorate said of this new addition:    “None of us could have predicted at the start of the… Read more ›

National lockdowns: Osteopathic practices to stay open 

  The Government legislation today puts in place a further national lockdown for England as of tomorrow, Thursday 5 November, restricting social interactions and non-essential business services. This follows similar increased restrictions brought in by Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in recent weeks. As expected, the legislation allows the public to continue to access medical services, including osteopathic services, throughout this period and replicates previous legislation that identifies osteopaths as essential workers in the provision of healthcare services. This position is similar in the other home nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, in which osteopaths can remain open for… Read more ›