Registration of osteopaths
Regulation of osteopathy
All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year and the GOsC provides registrants with an annual licence to practice. As part of this process, the GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and of good character, and have met mandatory continuing professional development requirements.
What is osteopathy?
(Description taken from the GOsC's website)
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeletal system, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use palpation, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints; to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
Protection of title
The title 'osteopath' is protected by law. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety. The GOsC can prosecute individuals who practice as osteopaths when they are not on the GOsC register.