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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 ›

New report shows Quality in Osteopathic Practice

  The iO has just published ‘Quality in Osteopathic Practice’, a report on patient experience, evidence, impact, training and regulation of osteopathic practice in the UK. The report collates the latest information and evidence relevant to osteopathic practice, supported by case studies on the impact of osteopaths across a number of different settings. Published with colleagues in the Health and Social care sector in mind, it provides a concise and evidence informed view of the profession and how osteopaths can potentially support wider health and social care services across the UK.   This report is the latest publication in a suite… Read more ›

It’s about us! Osteopathy CensUS 2021  

  Take part in the iO’s UK-wide Osteopathy Census 2021. Gathering data about all aspects of your work as an osteopath, the census collects invaluable insights to inform the direction of the Institute’s work to secure the future of the osteopathic profession. All registered osteopaths can take the survey, which takes 20 minutes and is open until 1 May. [Please note that for the best user experience, we recommend you carry out the census survey on either your PC or laptop and not on mobile].    Once completed you will be entered into a prize draw for an opportunity to… Read more ›

Brexit and osteopathy

There has been a long and mutually respected level of engagement between the UK and mainland European osteopathic communities and educational institutions. We have been able to strengthen these links in the last few years as the iO was asked to provide advisory and executive support to the European Federation of Osteopaths – now merged with the Forum for Osteopathic Regulation in Europe as the European Federation and Forum for Osteopathy (EFFO). Despite the departure of the UK from the European Union, we know that there is a desire from both sides that this level of engagement and recognition continue.… Read more ›

A win for the global osteopathic community

  In the last two years the European Federation and Forum for Osteopathy (EFFO) has helped achieve regulation of osteopathy in four countries across Europe. The latest to achieve such a success is Norway. The Norwegian government announced on 2 December 2020 that they will now recognise osteopaths as authorised and regulated health personnel. Hanna Tómasdóttir president of the EFFO, reports on the win: “We would like to congratulate our hardworking colleagues in Norsk Osteopatforbund for all the sacrifices and hard work that you have done in the name of our profession. It is not only a recognition of our… Read more ›

An update from iO President Susan Farwell

iO President, Susan Farwell, shares a message of collaboration and unity at a time when resilience is being tested. Susan provides an update on topics including osteopaths access for vaccinations, and the ongoing support that the iO is providing for the profession. Read her full message below.   “Hello from the Institute of Osteopathy. Since my last message, just before Christmas, the pandemic situation has significantly changed in a number of ways, both bad and good. We have been monitoring the situation carefully, weighing the downs and ups. Our advice has been that there is no need to change or… Read more ›

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 ›