iO Awards 2021


We’re back for 2021!

At the iO, we pledge to always celebrate the strengths, commitment and dedication amongst our colleagues. The awards are an opportunity to recognise osteopaths who represent innovation, ambition and excellence of care across the United Kingdom. We want to celebrate you and your colleagues more than ever this year!


“Year on year, our Awards have grown in reputation, with each award showcasing to both colleagues and patients, the outstanding work that osteopaths do.

The positive legacy of 2020 is that we have seen an increasing level of outstanding innovation and collaboration throughout the profession. We want an opportunity to shine a light on those who are making real inroads to growing the recognition of the profession and access to care.

Along with our much-coveted Practice and Associate of the Year, we are introducing two new awards: ‘Innovation’ and ‘Collaboration’ in Practice.

We will encourage individual osteopaths, practices, community groups and those with non-clinical roles such as those leading the profession in education and research to consider putting forward their nominations.”

Maurice Cheng, CEO


We want to celebrate…

Across the different award categories, the judges will be looking at one or more of the following as relevant:

Quality patient care
Demonstrating quality in patient care in line with the iO Members’ Patient Charter, and is committed to improving the value of and access to osteopathic care.

Demonstrating collaboration or community initiatives that provide increased professional support for the delivery of exceptional patient care. This can include collaboration with other osteopaths, other healthcare practitioners, business or community groups.

In areas indicated by the themes identified for development to achieve the iO’s vision for a growing and thriving profession, recognised and accessible to all. Examples may include developing a thriving business model or career pathway, or affordable or increased access to osteopathic care.

For the clinic or osteopath(s) whose activities are actively gaining recognition for and promoting the role of osteopathic care in improving health.

Research and reporting
Demonstrating best practice in developing evidence-informed osteopathic practice or clinical outcome reporting to support informed clinical practice.

This year’s categories are…

Celebrating osteopathic practices that provide excellent care, encourage and use patient feedback and demonstrate a commitment to developing the standards of their service in line with the iO Members’ Patient Charter and values.

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NEW – Get your patients to vote for your practice

To support your nomination for Practice of the Year, get your patients to vote for your practice!

It’s a very easy and quick process, all they have to do is scan the QR code. Once they scan the QR code, they will be asked to answer some simple questions to then submit their vote*.

We have provided you with a poster with the QR code, which you can download and use in your clinic, post it on your website, or share it on your socials.

*Terms and conditions apply.




For those in the early years of their career who represent the highest standards of care, contributing to the success of their practice and showing a dedication to their own professional development.


Recognising innovation in any activity from delivery of patient care and increased access to osteopathy, to developing new business models or career pathways. You could be an ambassador, raising awareness and recognition of the profession, or leading the way in developing evidence-informed practice.

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For the clinic or osteopath(s) demonstrating collaboration with others. This could include collaboration with other osteopaths, other healthcare practitioners, business or community groups to support the delivery of exceptional patient care.


Nominated by their colleges, this award recognises those at the very start of their careers who have shown a commitment to their study of osteopathy and an aspiring commitment to continue the development of the profession.

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Decided by the iO Council, this prestigious award is awarded to those who have made a career-long contribution to the osteopathic profession to achieve the vision of a growing and thriving profession, recognised and accessible to all.


How to make a nomination

Simply click the nominate button which will take you to the digital application form. We recommend you review the form to familiarise yourself with the questions and draft your answers in a word document first and then copy and paste them into the relevant text fields.

Your submitted nominations will be put forward to our judging panel for review and we will be advising the shortlisted nominees as advised below.

Closing date for entries – Midnight, Monday 4 October

Shortlisted nominations announced – 23 October

Winners announced at the iO Convention – Friday 12 November 2021


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