June is the beginning of my 25th Anniversary as an Osteopath!
I graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in London in 1991. At that time, osteopathy was largely an unregulated profession. As a result, anyone could call themselves an osteopath. This was often with little or no formal training, for instance. However, The Osteopaths Act was passed in 1993. The title ‘Osteopath’ became protected. Only those who had done the recognised formal training could call themselves an osteopath.
In 1997 the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) was established. The GOsC ‘would embrace all aspects of osteopathy’. It had a duty ‘to develop, promote and regulate the profession of osteopathy’. As a result, The GOsC achieved a great deal including:
- Established the Register and the associated entry criteria.
- Set a benchmark for osteopathic education and training
- It developed a Code of Practice and Standard of Proficiency
- It introduced Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the monitoring of compliance.
- Successful prosecution of those unlawfully using the title ‘osteopath’.
As a result, all of these activities played a significant role for osteopathy. For instance, it is now a recognised, high-quality and safe healthcare profession. Because of this, I am proud to have been an osteopath for 25 years!