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Education Conference 2017

Tomorrow’s osteopaths: strengthening the foundations of osteopathic education

Saturday 9 December 2017
Hilton London Bankside

To mark the first hundred years of osteopathic education in the UK, the BSO will be holding an international education conference in London this December.

The conference will explore the range of healthcare concepts, educational strategies and research that currently underpin osteopathic education in different institutional contexts around the world, and will provide educators with a forum for sharing ideas, innovations and good practice, focusing on the challenges of developing and delivering osteopathic education capable of sustaining and enhancing the profession’s role in the wider healthcare environment.

The conference aims to address important questions about the current position and future direction of osteopathic education, including:

  • To what extent should osteopathic educational programmes and models of clinical practice be underpinned by conventional biomedical concepts?
  • What is distinctive about osteopathic education in the broad context of healthcare?
  • What role (if any) should humanistic concepts such as person-centred care and Values Based Practice, play in osteopathic practice and how can they be integrated?
  • If osteopathy is ‘evidence-based’, what counts as ‘evidence’ and how should it be applied in clinical practice?
  • What is competent, effective osteopathic healthcare? And what are the best ways of teaching it?

Confirmed key note speakers

Associate Professor Gary Fryer, PhD, BSc (Osteo), ND, Discipline Group Leader, Osteopathic Medicine, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia 
Why we need new models of osteopathic education (ie to support the integration of academic and clinical osteopathic approaches based on bps therapeutic mechanisms)

Simeon London, BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, Dean of Academic Development, British School of Osteopathy,
The challenges and innovations of a new curriculum underpinned by integrated biomedical and biopsychosocial health care concepts

Call for abstracts

We are currently welcoming submissions of abstracts for platform and poster presentations on the topics discussed above. We are particularly interested in sharing information about innovative curriculum developments, and findings from empirical research studies into different educational delivery processes and their effects on student learning outcomes.

The call for submissions opens on 21 June and closes on Friday 4 August 2017. Submissions should be sent to

The committee will review all submissions during August, to ensure that the programme is varied and relevant. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by Friday 1 September 2017.

For full details and details of how to apply download our information pack.


Tickets cost £135 per delegate and are available from Eventbrite.