President's Medal 2023 awarded to Simon Fielding
In recognition of his exceptional contribution to the development and recognition of osteopathy, Simon Fielding OBE has been awarded the prestigious iO President’s Medal for 2023.
This prestigious accolade was bestowed upon him for his remarkable contributions spanning over 45 years, which have significantly elevated the stature of osteopathy, both in the UK and on the international stage.
Simon Fielding’s remarkable journey began with his herculean efforts to secure the regulation of osteopathy in the UK. Simon’s tenacity and relentless dedication, and passion untied the profession, which played an instrumental role in achieving this milestone. Through his unwavering commitment, he successfully navigated the intricate political landscape, ultimately achieving the regulation of osteopathy in the UK in 1993.
Upon the regulation of osteopathy, Fielding was appointed as the first Chair of the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), where he played a pivotal role in shaping the council during its formative years. His contributions to education and the development of standards in osteopathy were significant.
‘Simon’s relentless pursuit of excellence and unwavering advocacy for the profession have made him a true luminary in the field. His legacy will continue to inspire generations to come. He is a testament to what can be achieved through passion, hard work, and a vision for a better future!’ Glynis Fox, iO President
As Chair of the GOsC, Fielding collaborated with educational institutions and government departments to uphold high standards in osteopathic education. He was instrumental in securing royal patronage for these institutions through his extensive network of connections.
Contributing to many causes
Simon Fielding’s tireless efforts continued in various roles, including serving as a specialist advisor at the Department of Health for 13 years. He also contributed to the Commission on Primary Care, the Academic Board of Exeter University Department of Health Studies, and the American Academy of Osteopathy Education Board. Moreover, Fielding played a pivotal role in developing the Osteopathic International Alliance and served on its board for several years.
Outside the realm of osteopathy, Fielding is actively engaged in numerous charitable endeavours. He currently serves as the Chair of Trustees for The College of Medicine and the Kairos Rehabilitation Trust, organisations dedicated to assisting patients with chronic pain and complex long-term conditions.
A figurehead of the profession
In his most recent role, Simon Fielding was appointed the Chair of the Osteopathic Foundation, bringing his wealth of experience from his years of collaboration with the Foundation’s predecessor, the Osteopathic Education Foundation. His lifelong advocacy and relentless championing of osteopathy have left an indelible mark on the profession, making him a figurehead that comes along once in a generation.
His exceptional achievements and unwavering commitment have earned him the 2023 President’s Medal, a fitting tribute on the 30th anniversary of his most significant accomplishment – the regulation of UK osteopathy in 1993. Simon’s immense contributions to osteopathy have undoubtedly left a lasting legacy and continue to inspire practitioners and educators worldwide.
‘Glynis Fox, iO President who presented the award, said: ‘Simon’s dedication and tireless commitment to advancing the profession are nothing short of extraordinary. His relentless pursuit of excellence and unwavering advocacy for the profession have made him a true luminary in the field and his legacy will continue to inspire generations to come. Simon is a testament to what can be achieved through passion, hard work and a vision for a better future. He truly deserves the 2023 President’s Medal, and it is an honour to recognise his outstanding contribution to the profession.’
Congratulations to Simon for winning the award and for his remarkable contribution to osteopathy.