All osteopaths practising in the UK have completed rigorous training. Training includes a four or five-year degree course in which they study anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition and biomechanics. Additionally, students undertake a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical training. Qualification typically takes the form of a bachelors degree in osteopathy – a BSc (Hons) , BOst or BOstMed, or a Masters Degree in Osteopathy (MOst).
The General Osteopathic Council (GOsc) sets the standards of osteopathic education, and requires qualified osteopaths to update training throughout their working lives, a process known as continuing professional development. The GOsC also ensures that all osteopaths comply with strict osteopathic practice standards and the professional Standards of Practice (see download below) As well as completing the necessary training, osteopaths must also prove themselves to be in good health and of good character, and have professional indemnity insurance cover.
All osteopaths at the Three Valleys Osteopathy Clinic are further professional members of the The Institute of Osteopathy (originally founded as the British Osteopathic Association.)
The purpose of the Institute is to unite, promote, develop and support the osteopathic profession, to improve public health and patient care. By working collaboratively with osteopathic institutions at local, national and international levels the iO strives to raise the standards of care by osteopaths, and improve the understanding and awareness of the public and fellow health professions to the benefits that osteopaths and osteopathy bring to the resource and cash strapped health economy.
The iO are members of the Osteopathic Development Group, a collaboration between the iO, GOsC, the Osteopathic Alliance, the National Council For Osteopathic Research and the Council of Osteopathic Educational Institutions. By working together with the regulator, research community and educators they aim to unite the profession to promote development, improve understanding and knowledge, support and celebrate excellence, facilitate communication and demonstrate the effectiveness of osteopathy.