Osteopathy is a safe and effective form of Primary Health Care.
We are an AHP Allied Health Profession recognised by NHS England
Following our Practice charter our Osteopaths will explain:
• Why you are in pain
• How long your recovery should take
• How many treatments you should need over what period
• When it is ideal to return to full physical activity
• When it is most appropriate to be referred to another professional
The Body Back-Up team of Osteopaths are Registered with the General Osteopathic Council.
We uphold the highest standards of patient care, best practice and conduct.
Evidence Base informing our care
We are obliged to complete a minimum of 30 hours Continuing Professional Development every year to keep our knowledge up-to-date and remain registered.
Please refer to the ‘UK Beam trial’ for research on manipulation for Lower Back Pain, as well as the N.I.C.E. guidelines on Back Pain Care.
The Musculo-Skeletal-Services-Framework is useful to refer to as it also recommends Osteopathy for Bio-mechanical Back Pain.
The National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR) offers a breadth of Osteopathic Research activity.
NHS England has extended the remit of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer to two additional regulated professions.
Since 1 April 2017, Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) and Osteopaths have joined the existing 12 health professionals currently within the remit of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer at NHS England. This new representation will support wider professional engagement and shared working initiatives for NHS England and the 14 professions.
This will involve sharing national working goals and approaches around improving patient care and delivery and wider areas around prevention, self-care, self-management and medicines mechanisms.
Prior to 1 April, there were 12 professions that came within the remit of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer across England, with over 146,000 working across the NHS and wider care system. All are registered with the regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This will now increase to over 162,000. ODPs are registered with the HCPC and Osteopaths with the General Osteopathic Council.
Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, Suzanne Rastrick, said: “I am very pleased to welcome these two additional professions within my remit. We are committed to making greater use of these professionals in all aspects of NHS service delivery to promote the adoption of new ways of working across the health and care system and to improve patient care. The priority is to ensure we realise the full potential of all fourteen professions to contribute to prevention and health promotion, improving outcomes and patient experience, increasing capacity and improving cost-effectiveness.”
The new professions are:
• Operating Department Practitioners – ODPs work in a wide range of clinical areas and roles including Obstetrics, Neonatal Units, ITUs Critical Care, Resuscitation, A&E Emergency Care Practitioner, Transplant Co-ordinator, Physician Associate Anaesthesia (PAA) Advanced Life Support Trainer, day surgery.
• Osteopaths – work closely with other health professionals such as GPs, nurses and midwives Osteopathy complements other medical interventions including surgery and prescribed medication.
Body Back-Up Osteopaths – Maintaining high standards
Over 65 years of combined experience in Osteopathic Practice
There are more than 5,200 osteopaths registered with the General Osteopathic Council, which includes some who practice abroad. Those practicing in the UK carry out more than seven million consultations every year. Of those consultations, 54% of new patients are seen within one working day of contacting the osteopath and 95% are seen within one week.
The profession attracts almost equal numbers of male and female practitioners, and some have already qualified in another healthcare practice such as medicine, nursing or physiotherapy.
Most osteopaths are self-employed and work in the private sector, although some are working in multi-disciplinary environments within the NHS and in occupational healthcare in public bodies and private companies. All osteopaths, wherever they work, must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council.
The title ‘osteopath’ is protected by law (Protection of title) and you have to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) to practise in the UK, Isle of Man and Gibraltar. It is a criminal offence, liable to prosecution, for anyone to claim explicitly or by implication to be any kind of osteopath unless they are on the GOsC Register
Training courses generally lead to a bachelor’s degree in osteopathy (a BSc Hons, BOst or BOstMed) or a masters degree (MOst). Courses usually consist of four years of full-time training, five years part-time or a mixture of full or part-time. There are also courses with accelerated pathways for doctors and physiotherapists.
A degree course includes anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition and biomechanics, plus at least 1,000 hours of clinical training.
CPD requirements and a chance to learn with other AHP
Our CPD scheme requires all osteopaths in the UK to complete at least 30 hours of CPD every year, of which 15 hours must involve learning with others. Many osteopaths work on their own, and group learning allows them to exchange information and expertise with other osteopaths.
CPD learning includes lectures, seminars, courses, practical sessions, individual study or other activities that can advance an osteopath’s professional development. There are also postgraduate courses for osteopaths in a range of subjects, including sports care and osteopathic treatment of children. Each osteopath is responsible for ensuring that the CPD they undertake is beneficial to their practice and relevant to their professional work as an osteopath.
The purpose of the standards is to ensure quality care for patients and to protect them from harm.
The standards are arranged under four main themes:
Communication and patient partnership – shared with Health Professionals & AHPs from all areas of healthcare
These standards focus on the nature of the therapeutic relationship betwen osteopath and patient, which is built on trust and confidence. Osteopaths must communicate effectively with patients in order to establish and maintain an ethical relationship.
Knowledge, skills and performance – some area are specific to Osteopathy, some cross over with other professionals remit – sharing knowledge here could be very helpful for patients
These standards concern the the relevant knowledge and skills an osteopath must have in order to function as a primary healthcare professional.
Safety and quality in practice – something all health care professionals would support. Knowing what is suitable to treat and what needs onward referral is key
The aim of these standards is to ensure that osteopaths deliver high-quality, safe, ethical and effective healthcare through evaluation and considered treatment approaches, which are clearly explained to the patient.
Professionalism – something Osteopaths could be even better at with the chance to work with Professional colleagues whenever possible to ensure best quality patient care
Osteopaths must deliver safe and ethical healthcare by interacting with professional colleagues and patients in a respectful and timely manner and these standards set out the professional behaviour required of osteopaths.