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International Osteopathic Healthcare week 18- 24 April

Working from home? Looking after your family? Back in the van or car? Take time to care for your health and move better with osteopathy…. As life gradually moves on from the pandemic and we return to our routines, we still need to consider our health and wellbeing. When our lives get busier, stress, anxiety and fatigue can all influence our health – this often leads to our bodies to ‘complain’. Sometimes these are new aches and pains, occasionally it is a flare-up of old symptoms. There are many basic lifestyle choices we can make to ensure that we can… Read more ›

Calling NHS osteopaths, help promote NHS osteopathy!

Help us to increase the visibility of osteopaths working in the NHS In part, due to the iO’s lobbying activities, a set of osteopathy-specific occupational codes for use with the NHS Electronic Staff Records (ESR) has recently been launched. If you are employed as an osteopath by the NHS, we desperately need your help to ensure that you are coded correctly. The number of opportunities for osteopaths to work in the NHS is increasing daily. Despite this, visibility is still poor. All clinicians working in the NHS are recorded on the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR). However, until now, there… Read more ›


  On behalf of the Institute of Osteopathy, the President Glynis Fox, voices our support for the people of Ukraine: ‘As we see daily the devastating impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine to its people and the suffering they are experiencing, we extend our solidarity with them, their demands for peace, and with those healthcare colleagues working so hard to alleviate pain and suffering in the midst of the conflict’ Options to donate, including to the many charities providing humanitarian support can be found at      

Choose Osteopathy as a career

Ahead of National Careers Week, the iO and several education institutions have joined forces to invest in a campaign to encourage people to Choose Osteopathy as a career. Fronting the campaign are osteopaths sharing their experiences. Across the coming weeks, there will be a series of adverts on both Facebook and Instagram targeting those with an interest in studying healthcare. The campaign is also seeking support from iO Members with a call to share the Choose Osteopathy message and social media posts across their networks. Katie Griffiths, the iO’s Head of Marketing and Communications says of the campaign: ‘We all… Read more ›

Greener AHP Hub

Sustainability and the need for society to reduce its carbon footprint are important issues for us all. Here at the iO, we have been engaged at a national level as one of the 14 AHPs looking at sustainability improvements.  Ben Whittaker, Chief Sustainability Officer’s Clinical Fellow at Greener NHS and working with the CAHPO team, tells us about the Greener AHP Hub and puts a personal call out to osteopaths. “In October 2021, the Greener AHP Hub was launched, which highlights potential opportunities for AHPs to engage in or lead on sustainability improvements.  It prioritises the issues and actions with… Read more ›

Innovative multi-professional student placement project shows positive outcomes

A pilot in Allied Health Professions (AHP) student placements, funded by Health Education England and facilitated by the Institute of Osteopathy, has shown how an innovative interprofessional approach can deliver positive outcomes for students, educators and increase placement capacity across higher education institutions. The Clinical Placement Expansion Project ran for seven months during 2021. During that period, two cohorts of physiotherapy students from Kings College, London South Bank University, St Georges, and Brunel University, underwent a five-week placement at either the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, European School of Osteopathy or University College of Osteopathy. The full results of the… Read more ›

College of Medicine partners with the Institute of Osteopathy

  The Institute of Osteopathy is delighted to be entering into a partnership with the College. This new partnership with the College of Medicine will provide iO Members an opportunity to join this passionate community in its effort to reconnect patients and practitioners and integrate the breadth of healthcare approaches. The College of Medicine brings together NHS pioneers, scientists, healthcare professionals, therapists, students, and members of the public on a mission to ensure healthcare works for everyone in a way that’s inclusive, progressive and compassionate. You can hear about all the great work the College has been involved in over… Read more ›

Mandatory vaccination reversal welcomed

Vaccinations play a vital role in protecting patients, healthcare workers and the wider public and while every effort should be made to increase uptake, we have always proposed that they should remain a voluntary option, with efforts to increase uptake focused on education and support. We are therefore pleased that the Government has announced a consultation on reversing their policy of vaccination as a condition of deployment in NHS settings in England, which would have led to a loss in workforce affecting the accessibility of healthcare services at a time when additional capacity is so much needed by patients.

Call for presentations for iO Convention 2022

  We are now planning our 2022 Convention and calling for submissions for presentations to be delivered at this prestigious event.   The flagship event for the osteopathic profession will this year be held on 25 – 26 November. We are seeking expressions of interest to present topics of interest to osteopaths, which may include clinical development, research or career development opportunities. You can put forward your areas of interest here. Proposals will need to include your contact details, a brief biography and full details of the proposed session, including the title, summary, evidence base, learning outcomes and any support… Read more ›

Talkhealth Arthritis and pain management online clinic

  Matthew Rogers, practising osteopath and Head of Professional Development for the Institute of Osteopathy will be representing the profession as a clinical expert to answer patient concerns about their arthritis symptoms and will be providing advice regarding how they can self-manage From January 17 – 27 2022 talkhealth will team up with Arthritis Action and the Institute of Osteopathy to present an online clinic on arthritis and pain management. Clinical experts will be available to answer questions on issues surrounding arthritis and pain management, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and psoriatic arthritis. ‘I have been involved in representing the… Read more ›