National Osteoporosis Society

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Founded 1986
Type Charity
Focus Osteoporosis
Headquarters Camerton, Somerset, England
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Mission Dedication to improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis

The National Osteoporosis Society, established in 1986, is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to improving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. It is based in Camerton, Somerset, England.[1]


The income of the charity was about £3.5 million in 2010.[2] Three million Britons are affected by osteoporosis.[3]

HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is the president of the charity,[4] which in June 2011 celebrated its 25th anniversary.[5] A public kiss, at a charity reception, between Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, was seen as a step on the road to public acceptance of their relationship.[6] The patrons include actress Susan Hampshire[7] and journalist Maggie Philbin.[8][9]


The National Osteoporosis Society was founded in 1986 in the village Camerton, south west of Bath in Somerset. Since there was no cure or campaigns about osteoporosis, the charity was launched to raise awareness on the disease by doctors at a Bath hospital. By 1988, membership of the charity increased to 5000 people and they held their first main meeting in the UK bringing all health professionals together to discuss osteoporosis. In 1990, the charity was supported by Queen Elizabeth II and in 1998 supported by the UK government.[10]

Research and awards[edit]

The charity, in 1999, reported an increase in incidence of osteoporosis among young women, particularly those who are underweight or who have suffered anorexia.[11] However, in 2000, research by the charity showed that moderate consumption of alcohol can help to reduce bone loss at the hip.[12] In 2008 the charity, in conjunction with the Order of Mark Master Masons, awarded around £2.6 million to 14 NHS trusts to improve osteoporosis services and access to DXA scanners.[13]

The Duchess of Cornwall Award[edit]

The Duchess of Cornwall Award is an award created by the society named after Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The award recognizes an individual for their outstanding contribution to the field of osteoporosis. This award can be given to individual who meets these:[14]

  • Clinical achievement and advancements
  • Research
  • Management and Leadership (progressed the National Osteoporosis Society and the osteoporosis agenda either *nationally or internationally)
  • Voluntary achievements
  • Contribution to the overall aims of the National Osteoporosis Society



Yoplait is a partner and supporter of the National Osteoporosis Society.[16]


  1. ^ "About Us", National Osteoporosis Society.
  2. ^ "Charity overview - National Osteoporosis Society". Charity Commission. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Beer boosts bones and fends off osteoporosis". The Telegraph. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  4. ^ "Camilla launches guide to preventing osteoporosis". The Telegraph. 1 Mar 2002. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  5. ^ "The Duchess of Cornwall celebrates 25 years of the National Osteoporosis Society". 8 June 2011. Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Public kiss for Charles and Camilla." BBC News. 26 June 2001.
  7. ^ "My bones had so many holes they looked like an Aero, says actress Susan Hampshire". Mail Online. 6 April 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  8. ^ "IOF Women Leaders Roundtable 2008". International Osteoporosis Foundation. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Top of the Pops records sold off." BBC News. 3 March 2009.
  10. ^ "Looking Back 25 Years". Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Medical notes - Osteoporosis." BBC News. 24 August 1999.
  12. ^ "Moderate drinking 'protects bones'." BBC News. 15 April 2000.
  13. ^ "Osteoporosis Scanning Services Development Project (OSSDP): Improving DXA Services in England and Wales". National Osteoporosis Society. 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  14. ^ a b "Susan Hampshire receives second Duchess of Cornwall Award". 8 July 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "HRH The Duchess of Cornwall accolade for outstanding contribution to osteoporosis" (PDF). Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "National Osteoporosis Society". Yoplait. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 

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