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BSO Education Conference 2015

“Professionalism and Professional Boundaries: an Institutional Challenge” - Saturday 21st November 2015

The British School of Osteopathy conference “Professionalism and Professional Boundaries: an Institutional Challenge” will be held at the Runnymede Hotel, Egham on Saturday 21st November 2015.

This conference promises an invaluable opportunity for osteopaths, educators and health professionals to exchange ideas and explore advances for osteopathic education. It will run in parallel with the Institute of Osteopathy annual conference. The conference pivots around the theme of professionalism, drawing together leading academics and practitioners from the world of osteopathy with a view to sharing best practice in education and osteopathic care.

The outline programme for the day is set out below, and tickets for this exciting conference are now on sale via the Institute of Osteopathy’s website at £150 per ticket. Please check ‘BSO Education Conference’ in the drop down selection under ‘Registration Type’. Delegates can also book for meals, hotel rooms and other sessions from the IO Conference through the same booking page.

BSO International Osteopathic Education Conference 2015

9.30 – 10.15am

Keynote 1: Making Boundaries Training Meaningful – Professor Julie Stone

Julie Stone is an academic healthcare lawyer and ethicist with a long-standing interest in legal, ethical and regulatory aspects of complementary and alternative medicine.  Her work led to the creation of framework for credible voluntary regulation of the CAM sector.  She has lectured nationally and internationally on CAM regulation, and published extensively in the field.  Her books include ‘Complementary Medicine and the Law’ (Oxford University Press1996), with Joan Matthews, and ‘An Ethical Framework for Complementary and Alternative Therapists’ (Routlege 2002).  As Deputy Director of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (now the Professional Standards Authority), Julie helped shape the post-Shipman regulatory environment.  As part of her role, she led Department of Health-funded research onClear Sexual Boundaries, and has lectured and advised on this subject for many years.  Julie holds a range of national policy and advisory roles and has sat on the General Osteopathic Council since 2009.

10.15 – 11.00 am

Keynote 2: Professional Boundaries and Organisational Cultures – Sue Roff

Sue Roff is a social scientist who taught for twenty years in the Centre for Medical Education at Dundee University where she is now a Part-time Tutor. She is  an Educational Advisor to the General Osteopathic Council and St John Ambulance, a lay visitor for  the Health and Care Professions Council and a lay member of the Midwifery Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She was a lay associate of the General Medical Council Fitness to Practise and Investigation Committees for twelve years, a member of the Registration and Compliance Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and a lay panellist for the Faculty of Advocates of Scotland.

11.00 – 11.30am


11.30 – 12.15pm


a) Professionalism in Osteopathy

b) Assessing Professionalism – the good the bad and the ugly

c) Effective communication with students

12.15 - 1.00pm


a) Professionalism in Osteopathy

b) Assessing Professionalism – the good the bad and the ugly

c) Effective communication with students

1.00 – 2.00pm

Lunch and poster presentations

2.00 – 4.00pm

Presentations: current research projects focused on enhancing student experience

4.00 – 4.30pm


4.30 – 5.30pm

Plenary: Preparing graduates for practice – the role of the OEIs, the Institute of Osteopathy, the GOsC and the Profession

5.30 – 6.30pm

Drinks reception hosted by the British School of Osteopathy