The iO


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.


Our Work

Through collaborative working 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 strives 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 the secretariat for the Osteopathic Development Group (ODG), a collaboration between major osteopathic organisations in the UK, working in partnership on projects to support the long-term development of the osteopathic profession.


The iO also represents the UK as part of the Osteopathic International Alliance and provide secretariat services for the European Federation and Forum for Osteopathy.


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 has part-funded the development of a Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) questionnaire, which osteopaths use to record their patient’s experience of osteopathic care.


Our Mission

The purpose of the iO is to support, unite, develop and promote the osteopathic profession, for the improvement of public health and patient care.


Annual Report

Please click here to view the iO Annual Report.


The latest news and initiatives from the iO
Thank you for your interest in working for the Institute of Osteopathy. As opportunities become…
The iO’s Council and management team


The Osteopathic Foundation (The OF) is a charitable trust set up to advance osteopathic practice by funding education, research and by promoting productive relationships with the profession, for the benefit of the public.
Osteopaths and patients are supported by a wide range of bodies providing information, advice, training, research, networking and regulation. You can find out more and use links to their websites here.
The magazine for the osteopathic community Osteopathy Today (OT) is the Institute of Osteopathy’s magazine…


A brief look into the history of the iO
Osteopathy began in America in 1891, invented by a medical doctor who was concerned about the risks of using many of the drugs commonly prescribed at the time. Since then the practice of osteopathy has continued to develop and evolve.
The Institute of Osteopathy 3 Park Terrace Manor Road Luton Bedfordshire LU1 3HN Tel: 01582…


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