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Aims and vision

The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) exists to regulate the profession, to promote public safety, to ensure that patients receive the highest standards of osteopathic care and to promote an understanding of osteopathic practice.

We are committed to working with osteopaths and the public to ensure that the whole regulatory system is transparent and ‘fit for purpose’.

Patient and public involvement

This website is part of our work to ensure that patients and the public have free and open access to information about osteopathy and how it is regulated. We aim to achieve a higher degree of patient and public involvement (PPI) in all our functions and, with this in mind, we are actively contributing to the work programme of the Joint Health and Social Care Regulators' PPI Group.

See the UK health regulators page for more information about the other UK health and social regulators.

Standards and best practice

We set the criteria of best practice and conduct within the profession, by defining and continually working to improve the standards of osteopathic education, practice and research. The GOsC is the body that patients may turn to if they have concerns or complaints about osteopathic care.

Healthcare reform

As part of the healthcare regulation reforms required by the Government, we introduced a new governance structure in April 2009. The new General Council, which is wholly appointed, comprises osteopaths and lay people (non-osteopaths) in equal numbers. This helps to ensure that the interests of patients, and the wider public, are at the forefront of the regulation of osteopathy.

For more about our aims and vision, see Strategic & business plans.

Feedback

We welcome comments and feedback about this website and the information on it. If you have any comments or if you have not been able to find the information you want in this section or on the website as a whole, please contact us by using the form on the Contact us page or by emailing info@osteopathy.org.uk.