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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 ›

Message from iO President to members

  Hello, I am Susan Farwell, President of the Institute of Osteopathy. I want to give you an update on how I see the COVID situation as we move into autumn and winter. Clearly, it isn’t going away and the uncertainty continues.  However, we are all getting better at managing the situation.  We have all wondered if increasing numbers of cases will mean that we need to close our practices or stop seeing patients. Will local lockdowns force osteopathic practices to close? The answer is No – unless there is a change to the original coronavirus legislation from March and… Read more ›

Protecting the term ‘osteopathic’

  For some time we have had concerns on the teaching of what are termed ‘osteopathic’ techniques to non-osteopaths, leading to the use of the term by non-registrants, inferring to the public that these individuals are fully-qualified, registered osteopaths.   While it has always been our position that our profession is not defined by the techniques we employ, many of which are utilised by other professions, it is important that we defend the use of the term ‘osteopathic’, and the reputational value of our protected title, for use exclusively by osteopaths only. We have made several discreet approaches to those… Read more ›

Roadshow, awards and AGM combine to go virtual

  Join us at 3pm – Friday, 20th November 2020   We are thrilled to announce that we will be combining the best of the roadshow content, iO Awards, plus council elections and annual general meeting, into one virtual event for 2020.   We were disappointed not to be able to meet the membership face to face at our planned series of roadshows earlier this year due to the COVID. However, in moving this event online, we hope that more of you can join us. The event will be your opportunity to put questions to the senior team and council, vote for your… Read more ›

Tackling the workforce challenges in MSK care: The role of osteopaths as AHPs in the NHS

An independent panel of leading healthcare professionals, chaired by Professor Adrian Newland CBE, has authored a report with its findings on the role of osteopaths as Allied Health Professionals within the NHS.  As a ready workforce of expert MSK clinicians, with the potential to provide much needed additional capacity to the NHS, the panel concluded that early involvement of osteopaths within NHS MSK services could significantly improve service delivery and patient care. The panel’s members investigated current examples of where osteopaths work within the NHS, their contribution to multidisciplinary teams and impact on patient care, and the barriers and challenges… Read more ›

Introducing Osteopaths to Primary Care: The Role of the First Contact Practitioner

First oF project reaches a successful conclusion The First Contact Practitioner (FCP) project has just published its results, with excellent implications for the future of osteopaths in the FCP role.   The project, founded and run by osteopath Tim Allardyce in collaboration with Surrey & Hants MSK Collaborative (SHMC), involved an osteopathic team led by Luke Woodward and including Jonathan Grice, Elizabeth Kane and Jeremy Burton. Tim Allardyce said of this pilot project: “The oF funded First Contact Practitioner pilot has demonstrated to the NHS and Health Education England that osteopaths are able to provide FCP services in primary care… Read more ›