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the osteopath

the osteopath is the official journal of the GOsC, with six issues per year. Regular features include regulatory and policy updates, the latest research news, courses and classified advertising. Articles cover a range of primary care issues that would be of interest to all healthcare professionals.

Issues from 2010 are available below. Click on the cover image to download the magazine.

For earlier issues please contact us on 020 7357 6655 x242 or email info@osteopathy.org.uk

April/May 2016

Volume 19 Issue 2

What would you change? Help make the standards work better for you

the osteopath April/May 2016Have you added your voice to our review of the Osteopathic Practice Standards yet? This issue gives an update on the review.

Other key articles include: the new CPD scheme and becoming an early adopter; an introduction to our new, slimmed-down Council; and a preview of our forthcoming guidance for witnesses at hearings.

Also in this issue: a report on a Supreme Court ruling on what constitutes patient consent; consultations on guidance for students and educational institutions; gathering patient feedback; and the rewards of being a peer-reviewer for a research journal.

the osteopath back issues
 the osteopath Feb/March 2016

February/March 2016 (Volume 19 Issue 6)

Local heroes: building osteopathic communities

Half the UK’s osteopaths belong to local osteopathic groups, whose importance to the profession is our focus this issue. Other articles cover our review of the Osteopathic Practice Standards, the use of patient data for e-marketing, peer observation, the National Osteopathic Archive, and how reflection benefits practice.

the osteopath Dec15/Jan16

December 2015/January 2016 (Volume 18 Issue 6)

New directions for CPD

Comments received during our 2015 consultation on the new CPD scheme, and an outline of next steps in implementing the scheme; patients’ views on candour and raising concerns about their treatment; GOsC support for final-year students; managing patient data; assessing capacity to consent; and soliciting patient feedback.

the osteopath Oct/Nov 15

October/November 2015 (Volume 18 Issue 5)

Learning from mistakes

Common concerns raised by patients, and how best to gain patients’ informed consent and involve them in decision-making; key GOsC activities during 2014-15; complying with the duty of candour in practice; prioritising and planning your CPD; how to act on suspicions of child abuse; and osteopathy and the performing arts.

 the osteopath cover August/September 2015

August/September 2015 (Volume 18 Issue 4)

Getting to know you…

More findings from our research into public perceptions of osteopathy - what do patients expect from their treatment, and what information should you provide for new patients? Plus: deciding your CPD priorities; recruitment for Council and fitness to practise roles; and the use of patient feedback.

 the osteopath June July 2015

June/July 2015 (Volume 18 Issue 3)

Going public

Research into public perceptions - how much confidence do people have in osteopaths, and what do prospective patients want to know? Plus: guidance on advertising standards; publicising osteopaths' specialist interests and expertise; the European Standard on Osteopathic Healthcare Provision; and the role of 'values-based practice' in shared decision-making.

the osteopath April/May 2015  

April/May 2015 (Volume 18 Issue 2)

Effective regulation

Findings from research into how osteopathy can best be regulated; answers to common questions about the proposed new CPD scheme; how we investigate complaints, and details of complaints dealt with in 2014-15; guidance to prepare osteopathy students for practice; and results from our annual survey of new registrants.

the osteopath Feb-March 2015 100x141

February/March 2015 (Volume 18 Issue 1)

CPD in the spotlight

Launching our consultation on proposals for a new CPD scheme; helping osteopaths to develop leadership skills; how the GOsC seeks patients' views; the Francis report, two years on; new insurance rules; common issues in patient complaints; and funding research into osteopathy's effectiveness in treating children. 


the osteopath Dec 14-Jan 15

December 14/January 15 (Volume 17 Issue 6)

It’s good to talk

How communication is at the heart of the GOsC's proposed new CPD scheme for osteopaths; incorporating values into osteopathic practice standards; update on the Osteopathic Development Group's work; the importance of regional groups; identifying children at risk of abuse; and sharing information about challenging situations.

the osteopath Oct-Nov 2014

October/November 2014 (Volume 17 Issue 5)

Commitment to candour

Details of the professional duty of candour, introduced following the Francis Report into Mid-Staffordshire Hospital; 'pathfinder groups' help to shape the development of continuing fitness to practise; osteopaths’ advertising; Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs); the National Osteopathic Archive; and standing at work. 

 the osteopath Aug-Sept 2014

August/September 2014 (Volume 17 Issue 4)

Research in focus

A special issue, with information about funding for research into osteopathy, making a research proposal, 'research hubs' and how to get involved in research. Plus: seeking views on the effectiveness of regulation; continuing fitness to practise update; and the GOsC’s performance review by the Professional Standards Authority.

 the osteopath June-July 2014

June/July 2014 (Volume 17 Issue 3)

Changes to the law on regulation?

Consultations on whistleblowing and enforcement of title; research into effective regulation; Government review of healthcare professional regulation; improving CPD; understanding fibromyalgia; withdrawal of certification mark; what counts as CPD; Osteopathy Development Group updates. 

 the osteopath April-May 2014

April/May 2014 (Volume 17 issue 2)

Patient perceptions

Feedback from patient and public focus groups; work of our fitness to practise committees; updates on the continuing fitness to practise scheme and research into effective regulation; research into advanced clinical practice; osteopathy at the Winter Olympics; interpreting research; preserving patient confidentiality.

 the osteopath Feb-March 2014 100x141

February/March 2014 (Volume 17 Issue 1)

Promoting your registration

Helping osteopaths to show patients they are regulated healthcare professionals; communicating risks and benefits; lessons from the Francis Report; registration fee reduction; new research commissioned on the effectiveness of regulation; how to register in Australia; continuing fitness to practise.

 The Osteopath December 2013-January 2014

December 2013/January 2014 (Volume 16 Issue 6)

Should osteopaths review peers?

The role of osteopathic organisations and regional groups in the continuing fitness to practise process; new fitness to practise and consent guidance; fee reduction and insurance consultations; e-learning to support the Osteopathic Practice Standards; resources for new graduates and final-year students; projects to develop the profession; the law on giving injections; FORE meeting in Malta; pain medications; the enhanced IJOM research resources package.

 The Osteopath October-November 2013

October/November 2013 (Volume 16 Issue 5)

Supporting the regions

Strengthening the regional infrastructure of the osteopathic profession; future changes to professional indemnity insurance; recruitment to three GOsC committees; research into the effectiveness of regulation; changes to the CPD audit process; osteopathy in Portugal; consultation on a European osteopathic standard; early signs of bone cancer.

 The Osteopath August-September 2013

August/September 2013 (Volume 16 Issue 4)

Review of the year

Financial report for 2012-2013; how the GOsC proposes to support development projects; the evolution of revalidation; a reminder about advertising; osteopathic statistics; seminar on continuing fitness to practise; new GOsC data retention policy; developing NHS osteopathy in Wales; osteopathy in Canada.

 The Osteopath June-July 2013

June/July 2013 (Volume 16 Issue 3)

The Francis Report: What can the profession learn?

Implications for the osteopathic profession of the Francis Report on the failings at Mid Staffs Hospital; Patient Partnership Group; professionalism in practice; CPD audits and resources; article by Maurice Cheng, new CEO of the British Osteopathic Association; starting out in practice.

 The Osteopath April-May 2013

April/May 2013 (Volume 16 Issue 2)

Reporting on fitness to practise

Fitness to practise report 2012-13; interview with the Chair of Council; evaluating the revalidation scheme pilot; update on the development of the profession programme; news from the National Council for Osteopathic Research, new app enabling osteopaths to read the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine on mobile devices.

 The Osteopath February-March 2013

February/March 13 (Volume 16 Issue 1)

Save time, do it online

How renewing registration and submitting CPD online saves time and money; reduced fees for 2013-2014; new Council members; new GOsC Corporate Plan; initial findings of the revalidation pilot; consultation on sanctions in fitness to practise cases; dealing with ethical issues.

This issue also contained an insert, A development agenda for UK osteopathy: a joint statement from organisations including the GOsC about the future development of the osteopathic profession.


The Osteopath December 2012-January 2013

December 2012/January 2013 (Volume 15 Issue 6)

Acting on your feedback

Feedback received through the osteopaths’ opinion survey and how we are responding; revalidation update; auditing CPD; non-practising status; local professional networks; what’s new with IJOM; Any Qualified Provider; using social media safely.

 the osteopath oct/nov 2012

October/November 12 (Volume 14 Issue 5)

Communicating risk

Results of the Clinical Risk Osteopathy and Management (CROaM) study; explaining benefits and risks to patients; Olympics round-up; assessing revalidation; osteopathy worldwide; consent guidance consultation; the IJOM Plus research journals package; coloured flags in osteopathic practice; GOsC financial report for 2011-2012. 

 the osteopath aug/sept 2012

August/September 2012 (Volume 14 Issue 4)

Putting OPS into action

How to keep your practice standards up to date following the introduction of the new Osteopathic Practice Standards on 1 September; regional conference round-up; osteopaths’ opinion survey findings; new practice information leaflets; the GOsC’s performance review report.

 the osteopath June/July 2012

June/July 2012 (Volume 14 Issue 3)

Interactive learning 

o zone resources to support the introduction of the new Osteopathic Practice Standards; more about professionalism in the OPS; appointment of assessors for the revalidation pilot; public information leaflets; osteopathy at the Olympics; the Council of Osteopathic Educational Institutions; osteopathy in Europe.

 the osteopath April/May 2012

April/May 2012 (Volume 14 Issue 2)

Developing the profession

GOsC discussion document UK osteopathy: Ten questions for the next ten years; Section D (Professionalism) of the Osteopathic Practice Standards; pitfalls for health professionals of social networking; 2012 GOSC regional conferences; fitness to practise report 2011/2012; preparing students for practice; conviction of a practitioner falsely claiming to be an osteopath; Law Commission review of healthcare regulation.

 the osteopath Feb/March 2012

February/March 2012 (Volume 15 Issue 1)

Safety and quality in practice 

Section C of the new Osteopathic Practice Standards, focusing on patient records; consultation on a GOsC fee reduction; 2012 regional conferences; revalidation round-up; announcing the GOsC Facebook page; introducing the new Chair of Council.



 the osteopath Dec/Jan 2011

December 2011/January 2012 (Volume 14 Issue 6)

Knowledge, skills and performance

Putting into practice the Osteopathic Practice Standards; revalidation update; IJOM Plus readership survey; CPD discussion document; new Chair of the GOsC; GOsC Patient and Public Partnership Group. 

 the osteopath Oct/Nov 2011

October/November 2011 (Volume 14 Issue 5)

Communications and patient partnership

 the osteopath Aug/Sept 2011

August/September 2011 (Volume 14 Issue 4)

What do patients expect?

Findings of the Osteopathic Patient Expectations Study; helping osteopaths prepare for the new Osteopathic Practice Standards; revalidation pilot; the GOsC’s CHRE performance review; House of Lords enquiry into healthcare professionals' mobility; June meeting of the Regional Communications Network.

 the osteopath June/July 2011

June/July 2011 (Volume 14 Issue 3)

New Osteopathic Practice Standards

Reducing the cost of regulation; recruiting a new GOsC Chair; consultation on guidance about student fitness to practise; looking forward to the revalidation pilot; recent International Osteopathic Education conference.

 the osteopath April/May 2011

April/May 2011 (Volume 14 Issue 2)

Revalidation: testing the benefits 

Fitness to Practise report 2010; consultation on the GOsC Welsh Language Scheme; online renewal of registration; new Osteopathic Practice Standards update; joining the register under the new powers; developments in osteopathic regulation in Europe.

 the osteopath Feb/March 2011

February/March 2011 (Volume 15 Issue 1)

Help us test the revalidation scheme

Plans to pilot our revalidation scheme; reviewing procedures for assuring the quality of osteopathic education qualifications; helping osteopaths comply with advertising law; revised Osteopathic Practice Standards and work around osteopathy students' fitness to practise; new online research resources; interview with Tim Walker.



 the osteopath Dec/Jan 2010

December 2010/January 2011 (Volume 14 Issue 6)

New o zone: improving usability

Helping osteopaths put new ‘Knowledge, skills and performance’ osteopathic practice standards into practice; draft revalidation scheme pilot; IJOM Plus package of research journals; our CPD Discussion Document; guidance on interim suspension orders; the new GOsC Chair; recruiting a Chair of NCOR; international osteopathy. 

 the osteopath April/May 2010

October/November 2010  Volume 14 Issue 5

Shaping osteopathic practice standards

Consultation on revised osteopathic practice standards; review of GOsC activities in 2009-10 and summary of annual accounts; introduction to Tim Walker; update on the revalidation scheme; overview of current and forthcoming research; developments in osteopathic regulation in Europe.

 the osteopath Aug/Sept 2010

August/September 2010 (Volume 14 Issue 4)

Consulting on osteopathic standards

Forthcoming consultation on our practice standards; update on the development of the revalidation scheme; quality assuring standards of training; research into osteopathic practice; our performance review; update on the Vetting and Barring Scheme.

 the osteopath June/July 2010

June/July 2010 (Volume 14 Issue 3)

Revalidation - developing the assessment criteria

Assessment criteria for our draft revalidation scheme; recruiting a new Chief Executive and Registrar; developing reciprocal registration arrangements with Australia and New Zealand; student fitness to practise; Regional Communications Network; pan-European standards for osteopathy.

 the osteopath April/May 2010

April/May 2010 (Volume 14 Issue 2)

Revalidation: testing the scheme

Latest news on revalidation; handling the early stages of fitness to practise complaints; new e-bulletins for osteopaths; forthcoming Regional Communications Network meeting; Forum for Osteopathic Regulation in Europe update; new ‘Statement of Fitness to Work’; the Government’s new vetting and barring scheme.

the osteopath Feb/March 2010

February/March 2010 (Volume 14 Issue 1)

Conduct case review

2009 fitness to practise report; updates on developing a revalidation scheme, revised osteopathic practice standards, and a scope of practice; the OPEn project; review of quality assurance processes for training courses; reciprocal arrangements with Australia and New Zealand; volunteering at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

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