British School of Osteopathy Principal
Welcome to another exciting issue of In Touch magazine, aiming to bring you all the latest news and events from the British School of Osteopathy in what has been the end to a very busy year.
Autumn has seen a number of key events in the School’s calendar beginning with this year’s graduation ceremony on Thursday 3rd November. This was again held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank, and as usual BSO royal patron HRH Princess Anne was in attendance to hand out degree certificates to our proud graduands, along with some kind words of encouragement to help them on their way. Various special awards were also conferred, including an Honorary Fellowship to Clive Standen MA, DO. Clive is a past principal of the BSO and is now Associate Head of the School for Osteopathy at Unitec in New Zealand and is working with the World Health Organisation to create osteopathic benchmark statements. An Honorary Doctorate of Science was also awarded by the University of Bedfordshire to Professor Ann Moore, Chair of the National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR). Master of Osteopathy graduand Lisa Dennison, winner of the BSO silver medal for achievement, thanked The Princess Royal on behalf of her fellow students. Further details of this vibrant happy occasion can be found on Page three of this term’s issue.
This autumn also saw the 20th annual BSO Staff Conference (formerly known to many as Faculty Weekend) being held on the 19th and 20th November at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Marlow. The event was a great success and widely attended, with colleagues from across the profession joining to share experience and good practice; with keynote speeches generously given by Dr Lynn Monrouxe and Dr Elie Cohen. More details from this year’s event can be found on page eight.
As always, work continues behind the scenes at the BSO to refine and further develop the courses we provide and this term has seen our faculty involved in both internal and external validation and revalidation events, ensuring that our courses are running at peak efficiency and delivering quality at all levels. Indeed, it is my pleasure to announce that we have successfully validated two new courses; an MSc in Osteopathy to enhance professional practice and ensure that osteopaths are prepared for revalidation and also an MSc in Osteopathy (Pre-registration) to enable physiotherapists and medical doctors with an appropriate background to train as osteopaths. This has taken a lot of hard work and my thanks go to the development teams comprising Jorge Esteves, Graham Sharman, Shireen Ismail and Simeon London. My thanks also to Steve Vogel and Kit Small in the quality assurance team for ensuring that these key events run so smoothly and successfully. Both new courses are due to begin next September with fresh intakes of students.
Also in this term’s issue you can find further details of exciting recent research developments, including an update on results from the BSO’s innovative CROaM study into clinical risk, along with news on the latest faculty publications and how to get involved in future publications. On Page 10 you can find lots of details of BSO Alumni activity and ways in which you can keep in touch with the school and benefit from your association with the leading educational institution in the osteopathic profession.
And finally, the end of the term brought us sad news with the passing of Olwen Starr. Known to many, Olwen worked as an integral part of the clinic team for the past 28 years. Olwen will be much missed by us all.
Charles Hunt, Principal & Chief Executive