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Share your views on guidance for osteopathic education

15 June 2021

We are consulting on updated Guidance for Osteopathic Pre-registration and the Standards for Osteopathic Education and Training.

The Guidance for Osteopathic Pre-registration Education (GOPRE) describes the outcomes that graduates are expected to demonstrate and the clinical experience necessary to gain a ‘recognised qualification’ showing that they practise in accordance with the Osteopathic Practice Standards (OPS). This qualification entitles graduates to register with us and begin safe, independent practice.

The Standards for Education and Training are the standards expected of the osteopathic educational providers to ensure that students demonstrate the required outcomes.

We would like your views on the updated Guidance and the Standards for Osteopathic Pre-registration Education, whether you are an osteopath, educator, student, patient or a member of the public.

The purpose of this consultation is to ensure that the updated Guidance for Osteopathic Pre-registration Education and Standards for Education and Training are:

  • fit for purpose (including patient safety)
  • inclusive, reflecting our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

The current GOPRE was published in 2015, since when the Osteopathic Practice Standards have been updated, with revised practice standards implemented in September 2019. This will be the first time that the GOsC has set its own standards for education, previously we have utilised the Quality Assurance Agency Quality Code for Higher Education which define the standards required of the environment within which pre-registration education is delivered. These new GOsC Standards for Education and Training ensure that delivery of education and training are transparent and explicit.

You can read the consultation documents on our consultations page. To try to make it easier for respondents, we have provided a number of options for responding, and you are welcome to respond to the whole consultation or any particular issue within it. The closing date is 22 September 2021.

Your feedback will help to inform the final versions of the documents which we plan to implement next year, in September 2022. We will publish a report about the consultation and the responses we have received.

Read the consultation