Who practices osteopathy

A practitioner of osteopathy is an osteopath. Every osteopath has received four to five years’ training and is qualified to degree level. All osteopathy schools undergo regular and rigorous evaluation of standards. Training includes theory (e.g. anatomy, physiology, pathology, principles, sociology, psychology) and practical (both in class and a minimum of 1200 hours’ clinic experience with patients). All practising osteopaths have to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council by law (see link page). Osteopaths also have to undertake continual professional development ('CPD') and demonstrate reflection on practice by completing portfolios.