The Institute of Osteopathy (iO) is the professional membership organisation for osteopaths. Originally founded as the British Osteopathic Association, the iO is proud to represent the majority of all osteopaths in the United Kingdom.
Through working collaboratively with key stakeholders, the iO aims to strengthen the engagement of osteopaths with other health professionals, to share best practice and facilitate the highest standards of patient care. The iO also strive to raise awareness of the benefits of osteopathic practice and the role it has in improving public health.
In April 2017, osteopaths were officially recognised as an Allied Health Profession under the remit of NHS England and joined twelve other autonomous health professions, making up the third largest workforce in the health and care system.
The iO is a member and acts as secretariat for the Osteopathic Development Group, a collaboration between the major osteopathic organisations in the UK, who work in partnership on projects to support the long-term development of the osteopathic profession.
In January 2017, the iO took stewardship of a charitable trust, renamed as the Osteopathic Foundation. The foundation funds osteopathic research and supports education by providing financial assistance, in the form of bursaries, to those who are training to become osteopaths.
The iO also invests in osteopathic research and have part-funded the development of a Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) questionnaire, which osteopaths use to record their patient’s experience of osteopathic care.
The purpose of the Institute is to unite, promote, develop and support the osteopathic profession, for the improvement of public health and patient care.
Please click here to view the iO Annual Report.