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Staff Conference 2017


Last weekend we were pleased to welcome over 100 BSO staff, board members and student union representatives to the annual Staff Conference. The event is an important opportunity for clinical, support and teaching staff to come together, review the previous year and plan for the year ahead.

This year’s conference included presentations by Emma Firbank, Senior Regulation Officer for the General Osteopathic Council, who gave a thought-provoking talk on professional boundaries; and Professors Steve Tyreman and Bill Fulford, who provided a reflective introduction to values-based practice.

Steven Bettles spoke on behalf of the General Osteopathic Council and provided an overview of the new CPD scheme due to be rolled out in 2018; and Katie Griffiths, Professional Development Officer for the Institute of Osteopathy gave an informative talk on some of the legal issues to be aware of when marketing osteopathy.

Staff also had the opportunity to take part in breakout sessions on a variety of topics including a closer examination of values-based practice, patient care, research and enquiry, the functioning human, mindfulness, professionalism, what it means to be an osteopath, and the part all BSO staff can play in planning for the future.

The weekend also included the presentation of the annual Olwen Starr awards, recognising the outstanding contributions of individual members of staff at the BSO. The awards are named after a much-loved former colleague, who spent over 30 years of her retirement as the BSO’s clinic receptionist, and recipients are nominated by current staff and students.

This year’s winners are as follows:

  • Team Impact: Human Resources Team
  • Customer Service: Cormac O’Dalaigh
  • Individual Teaching: Patrick Gauthier
  • Student Support: Mike Ford
  • Going the Extra Mile: Daniel Ivanov
  • Innovation: Jim Ruddick
  • Just Because: Heather Batten

Charles Hunt, Principal, said of the winners: "The Olwen Starr awards are the highlight of the weekend for me, where staff efforts and excellence can be celebrated publically and it was fantastic to get so many different nominations. Congratualitions and thank you to all!"


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