The Osteopathic Foundation









Welcome to the Osteopathic Foundation


The Osteopathic Foundation (The OF) is a charitable trust set up to advance osteopathic practice by funding education, research and by promoting productive relationships both within and outside of the profession, for the benefit of the public.

The OF also funds the work of the National Council for Osteopathic Research –

Registered Charity Number: 313785






Latest news from the Osteopathic Foundation


  •  New Chair of the Osteopathic Foundation appointed

    The Osteopathic Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Dee Sissons as its new Chair. Dee has forged a strong healthcare career and has extensive leadership experience, holding a variety of senior NHS nursing roles, as well as serving as Chair of the Royal College of Nursing. She is currently Chief Executive of Rainbows, the children’s hospice. Click here to read the full story.



  •  Osteopathic Foundation receives generous donation of £300,000 

    The Osteopathic Foundation Board is pleased to announce that is has received a £300,000 donation from the Vaughan McDermott Fund. The donation was gifted to the oF on the winding up of the Birmingham and District Osteopathic Clinic. Click here to read the full story.



  •  2022 Expressions of Interest now open

    The Osteopathic Foundation Board is pleased to announce that it will be accepting Expressions of Interest for education and research projects to advance osteopathic practice for the benefit of the public. Expressions of Interest for grants of up to £20,000 will be accepted until the 1st July, with decisions announced by the end of July 2022. Full applications will then need to be submitted by 30th September. Successful applicants will be announced in December 2022. Click here for more information on how to apply.



  • Successful grant recipients announced

    The Osteopathic Foundation is pleased to announce the successful recipients in the latest round of its research grants. These grants help toward innovative and collaborative education and research in the hope it will advance osteopathy in its role to support public health. Click here for more information.



  • Osteopathic Foundation now registered with easyfundraising

    Raise funds for The Osteopathic Foundation whenever you shop online using easyfundraising. Start your online shop through easyfundraising, then shop as normal amongst over 4700+ retailers. A donation is then made by the retailer for each shop. For more details click here.



  • Thanks to those who supported the iO Team run the virtual London Marathon!

    Thanks to all those who supported Halo Garrity, Matthew Rogers and Belinda Chavasse who ran the 2021 virtual London Marathon in aid of the oF. If you would like to fund raise for the charity, visit our fundraising page below!




  • Shopping on Amazon?

    Just visit, select the Osteopathic Foundation as your chosen charity, place your order (same products, same prices, same services as the Amazon you know) and the Osteopathic Foundation will receive 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases. It’s really is that easy!


  • The first of the Osteopathic Foundation funded projects is now complete. The First Contact Practitioner (FCP) pilot, founded and run by osteopath Tim Allardyce in collaboration with Surrey & Hants MSK Collaborative (SHMC), demonstrates the ability of osteopaths to provide First Contact Practitioner services in primary care in setting. To read the full report, visit our Research and Report hub.


To find out more about the Osteopathic Foundation, click on one of the subject areas below:


We are now taking expressions of interest for a new round of grants. Read for more information.
  The Osteopathic Foundation (oF) has just launched its brand-new fundraising pack full of tips…
As a charity, the Osteopathic Foundation is entirely dependent on the good will and generous contributions of the osteopathic community and the public. You can support our work by taking part in a fundraising activity and seeking sponsorship or by making a single or regular donation.


The governance of the Osteopathic Foundation is the responsibility of the Institute of Osteopathy (iO), which is the corporate trustee for the charity.  The Council of the Institute has established the Osteopathic Foundation Board with delegated authority to manage the affairs of the Foundation, including the consideration and distribution of grants and loans.
Established in 1947 as the Osteopathic Education Foundation (OEF), the trust is founded on the belief that the future of the osteopathic profession is dependent on its academic advancement and its ability to demonstrate therapeutic credibility.


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