25th Anniversary Celebration
June is the beginning of my 25th Anniversary as an Osteopath!
When I graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in London in 1991, osteopathy was largely an unregulated profession. Anyone could call themselves an osteopath with little or no formal training. It wasn’t until the passing of the Osteopaths Act in 1993, that statutory recognition was given to osteopathy and the title ‘Osteopath’ became protected so that only those who had done the recognised formal training could call themselves an osteopath.
In 1997 the establishment of the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) was seen as a body that ‘would embrace all aspects of osteopathy’. The GOsC was given a duty ‘to develop, promote and regulate the profession of osteopathy’. Since its establishment the GOsC has achieved a great deal as a regulator, including:
- The establishment of the Register and the associated entry criteria.
- The setting of a benchmark for osteopathic education and training
- The development of a Code of Practice and Standard of Proficiency
- The introduction of continuing professional development (CPD) and monitoring of compliance.
- Successful prosecution of those unlawfully using the title ‘osteopath’.
All of these activities have played a significant role in establishing osteopathy as a recognised, high-quality and safe healthcare profession, which I am proud to have been a part of for 25 years!