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Engaging patients in osteopathic education report published

13 February 2024

Findings of the GOsC’s thematic review into patient engagement in osteopathic education from 2019 to 2023 has been published.

The report finds there is no 'one size fits all' framework for patient involvement. It's clear that education providers value patients, they recognise the importance of incorporating the patient voice and are keen to avoid tokenism.

Involvement of patients in undergraduate education evolved significantly over the duration of the review, from paper-based feedback surveys to patients being involved in decision making at governance level.

The thematic review included a sector-wide survey, a second source literature review of patient involvement in healthcare education curricula, interactive workshops, a review of provider’s annual reports and semi-structured interviews with representatives from all the education providers.

The aim of the report was to collaborate with osteopathic education providers to establish good practice in the sector; identify barriers and enablers to involving patients in osteopathic education; and then to share the learnings from the review with providers.

GOsC Chief Executive and Registrar, Matthew Redford, said: ‘We are very pleased to be sharing the findings of this report, which demonstrates the progress education providers have made since 2019 and the value they place on patient involvement in osteopathic education and training.

‘We very much look forward to continuing to work with education providers to highlight the importance of public and patient involvement in osteopathic pre-registration education.’

Read the report