British School of Osteopathy
The British School of Osteopathy (BSO) is the largest and the oldest school of osteopathy in the United Kingdom. The BSO holds Recognised Qualification (RQ) status from the statutory regulatory body for osteopathy in the UK, the General Osteopathic Council.
The BSO was founded in 1915, but was not incorporated until 1917 due to the First World War. The School received charity status in 1963. In 1984 The Princess Royal became the BSO's Patron. The BSO is dedicated to educating osteopaths, treating patients and pursuing osteopathic research.
In 2010 the BSO was shortlisted for the Charity of the Year Award (income £1 million+) in the "Charity Times" awards.
The BSO is committed to widening participation in osteopathy as a profession, and is pleased to welcome students from an ever-growing variety of backgrounds. It has a regular presence at careers fairs and local community events, and it also has its own official Facebook page.
The University of Bedfordshire validates the BSO's M.Ost integrated undergraduate masters degree programme, which may be studied full time (via the BSO's standard pathway) or via mix of full-time and part-time study (mixed mode pathway).
The BSO also offers an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Osteopathic Sciences & Health Care) programme. This is a one-year further education course leading to a nationally recognised award. It is designed specifically for students over the age of 18 who wish to become osteopaths or to study a related health care discipline at degree level with little or no academic qualifications beyond GCSE level.
There is also an Introduction to Osteopathic Sciences course, which is designed for potential M.Ost students who have proven academic achievement but who lack a solid grounding in the sciences.
The BSO also offers postgraduate programmes. Examples include a Professional Doctorate in Osteopathy, an MSc in Osteopathy and a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods. It also provides an ongoing programme of continuous professional development courses.
BSO students gain experience of contact with patients from the beginning of their studies.
In the last two years of their M.Ost degree course, they gain practical experience by treating members of the public at the BSO's clinical centre under the supervision of tutors who are fully qualified, practising osteopaths.
The BSO's clinical centre is at 98-118 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0BQ. It is currently Europe's largest osteopathic clinical centre, offering over 40,000 patient appointments per year. It houses the BSO's general clinic, as well as special clinics for expectant mothers, children, people with sports injuries and people with HIV/AIDS.
The BSO also has a portfolio of award-winning community outreach osteopathy clinics, which further the BSO's mission to make osteopathy available to groups of the community who might not otherwise be able to access it. These give students an even wider experience of patient contact, and provide osteopathic care to groups including older people in their home settings, homeless people, people with HIV/AIDS and children with social, emotional and behavioural problems.
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- Official British School of Osteopathy website
- British School of Osteopathy clinic
- British School of Osteopathy specialist and community clinics
- General Osteopathic Council official website