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CPD courses and conferences

The BSO is committed to reflective, lifelong learning and has provided continuing professional development (CPD) courses for many years.

Osteopaths must complete 30 hours of CPD each calendar year and 15 of those hours must be "with others". Our courses are designed to make this easy for you and to help you meet the Osteopathic Practice Standards put in place by the GOsC.

The easiest way to keep up with our programme of courses is via our mailing list (we will never share your details with any other organisation).

Upcoming Courses

3D Biomechanics and FAR - 9 and 10 December

This course will introduce you to active palpation and assessment in motion. You will explore the functional assessment of dancers and athletes at all levels and learn about active standing examination. This will lead onto evaluating 3D, including stability, strength, symmetry and fatigue using the 3D squat. The course will provide you with the skills to map the engagement and recruitment of muscle groups and allow you to assess "Core strength" and its global influences.

Functional Active Release is practitioner applied focal inhibition combined with patient-controlled multi-lanar active movements. This approach produces deep and lasting changes in function, helping to reduce the chances of injury and improving sports performance by quickly and effectively releasing deep postural stiffness

Course Leader: Robin Lansman
Date: Friday 9th December and Saturday 10th December
Cost: £270 or £135 per day
CPD: 14hours

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline, or visit Eventbrite 

Emergency First Aid - 27 January

This course offers the minimum level of first aid certification recommended by the Health and Safety Executive. As a clinician it is expected that you would know what to do in a medical emergency. With evidence continuing to show how quickly your skills deteriorate, you should be aware of the medical, legal and professional implications of getting it wrong.

It is a common complaint that traditional first aid training does not address the needs of the healthcare professional: this course encourages delegates to re-evaluate their emergent skills and knowledge and discuss their own experiences and concerns amongst their peers, based on actual scenarios and case studies.

Delegates receive training in a range of subjects, including:

  • Legalities of first aid: duty and standard of care, professional obligation and scope of practice
  • The primary survey: AcBCDE
  • Basic life support: Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2005, adult and paediatric algorithims, AED usage
  • Early recognition of acute coronary syndromes such as AMI, HCM, reference to sudden cardiac death etc
  • Management of the unconscious casualty: GCS vs AVPU - emergent neurological assessment
  • Management of trauma, medical and environmental scenarios: case studies and open forum

On completion of the course, delegates receive the nationally-recognised 'Emergency First Aid at Work' certificate, valid for three years.

What have previous delegates said about the course?

"Excellent course and venue... I have learnt more today than I have on any other emergency care course and have found some of the information a revelation. Thank you so much!"

"Given me confidence in first aid emergencies"

"Great video clips and examples"

"Lively, enthusiastic and clear instruction"

"Excellent and very engaging. Brilliant!"

"Very dynamic and informative. Strongly recommended"

Course Leader: Tony Bennison
Date: Friday 27th January 2017
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline, or visit Eventbrite.

Ergonomics for Manual Therapists - 28 January

Ergonomics is a huge part of health and wellbeing; many of your patients are likely to be experiencing pain influenced by the set-up of their workstations. This course is an ideal introduction to ergonomics, linking to applications which can be put into practice by all manual therapists. The workshop is hugely popular and always sells out.

Learning outcomes:

  • Ability to evaluate patients in relation to computer workstations and manual handling
  • Ability to train patients in ergonomics so that they are more aware of how to prevent injury
  • Gain knowledge and skills to support your patients with injuries or problems influenced by their workplace environment

Who is the course suitable for?
This course is ideal for all manual therapists including osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists.

Who is the course leader?
David Annett is a practicing osteopath and freelance ergonomics consultant. His degree in ergonomics coupled with over 15 years’ experience in this discipline mean he is ideally placed for advising manual therapists in this area.

Are there opportunities to learn more about this area?
After completing this course, you are eligible to attend the Advanced Ergonomics course, which is also run by David Annett.

Course Leader: David Annett
Date: Saturday 28 January 2017
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours

Registration: or via Eventbrite.

Osteopathic Refresher - 28 & 29 January

This course offers osteopaths a range of ‘refresher’ sessions designed to update existing osteopathic knowledge on key issues and explore different aspects of osteopathic practice.

The weekend has been designed to support the new Osteopathic Practice Standards (A, B, C & D) and to offer practical advice and information that can be immediately helpful in your clinical practice. The sessions will enable you to participate in 14 hours of CPD ‘with others’, allowing for peer support, discussion and evaluation of new and established ideas. 

Invited speakers will represent a wide range of experience and expertise (topics and speakers yet to be confirmed).

Course Leader: Various
Date: Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th January 2017
Cost: £220
CPD: 14 hours

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline, or visit Eventbrite.

Paediatric Osteopathy 1 & 2 - 11 & 12 February

Working with babies and children is an increasing part of osteopathic clinical work. This course will give a firm grounding in eliciting a thorough case history, relevant examination and evaluation. This will give delegates confidence in their diagnosis and management plans for infants up to 5 years old. The course will include red flags and examination procedures.

The emphasis will be on a thorough understanding of factors leading to common infant presentations. There will be case-based discussions about treatment approaches rather than practical training in specific techniques.

Delegates will ideally have been in osteopathic practice for at least a year and have some experience of working with infants.

This course is delivered by Andrea Rippe. Andrea gained her MSc Paediatric Osteopathy in 2007 and has been tutoring in the BSO paediatric clinics since then.


Day one will cover osteopathic care of babies from birth to one year and day two will cover osteopathic care of children from two to five years.

Book now to attend one or both days of the course using the links below. Please note that when booking tickets for the full weekend via Eventbrite, you must book each day separately.

What have previous delegates said about the course?
"Excellent, excellent, excellent!"
"Andrea was excellent, the handouts were amazing and comprehensive - all in all, a great weekend!"
"A really engaging course" 

Course Leader: Andrea Rippe
Date: Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 February 2016
Cost: £135 or £270
CPD: 7 hours per day


(please remember to state which day or days you wish to attend).

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline or register via Eventbrite:

Register for Paediatric Osteopathy 1 via Eventbrite.

Register for Paediatric Osteopathy 2 via Eventbrite.


Clinical Methods DCP - 11 February

This course is an opportunity for people to revise and practice the systems testing procedures which all osteopaths learn. Since these procedures are seldom needed in ordinary day to day practice, you may find you've become a little "rusty".

There will be an opportunity to cover the theory involved in Abdominal, Lymphatic, Cardiovascular and Respiratory systems examinations and to practice each exam. We will also aim to cover both Sensory and Motor Neurological examinations and also consider Cranial Nerve exams. The amount of time we spend on any topic will depend on the needs of the course delegates, the course leader will be happy to tailor the sessions to the wishes of the group. Delegates should be advised to bring appropriate clothing for the practical elements, and also to bring their Clinical methods equipment, i.e. Stethoscope, Sphygmomanometer, Penlight, Tuning forks (128 and 512 Hz), Neuro testing pins etc.

Delegates should be advised to bring appropriate clothing for the practical elements and to also bring their Clinical methods equipment, i.e. Stethoscope, Sphygmomanometer, Penlight, Tuning forks (128 and 512 Hz), Neuro testing pins etc.

Course leader, Trevor Jefferies (Expert Osteopath, GOsC ACP Assessor) has taught this material on the BSO's undergraduate and postgraduate courses for a number of years as well as being a Clinic Team Leader and running a demonstration clinic.

Course Leader: Trevor Jefferies
Date: Saturday 11th February 2017
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline or visit Eventbrite.

Neuro and Intracranial Anatomy and Pathology - Friday 17 February

A day spent in multiple learning landscapes to enforce and enhance knowledge of intracranial anatomy and selected pathology. The learner will first attend a lecture that will lay the foundation for the rest of the day’s learning. The afternoon is spent in part (2 hours) in the dissecting room, looking and discussing normal anatomy on cadavers that will support the lecture and be a basis for the rest of the session (2 hours) that will be spent looking at potted real pathology and discussing the presentation and case histories of each example.

 Course Leader: David Parry

Date: Friday 17th February 2017

Cost: £205
CPD: 7 hours per day

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline, or visit Eventbrite 

Communication and Consent - 24 February

The GOsC are consulting about changes to the structure of Continuing Professional Development. One compulsory element they are consulting about is that every osteopath should complete some CPD on communication and consent as this is a priority area - apart from anything else it is central to most complaints that the GOsC receive from patients.

This course involves a morning session on communication and consent with Mark Waters who has taught on this subject for a number of years. The two afternoon sessions focus on communication and consent with specific patient groups. One speaker will be considering patients with dementia, Alzheimer's and/or limited capacity, and the second speaker will be presenting on issues surrounding communication and consent with children and their parents.

The day offers a great chance for you to refresh your skills, and share experiences with fellow osteopaths.

Course Leader: Mark Waters
Date:  Friday 24th February 2016
Cost: £95
CPD: 7 hours

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline, or visit Eventbrite.




To book onto any course or receive further information please contact our CPD and Events Officer on +44 (0)20 7089 5352 or by

Bookings can also be made online via our Eventbrite pages as indicated or at


Full course fees must be paid by 30 days before the commencement of the course. Payment can be made in the following ways:

  • by cheque, made payable to the British School of Osteopathy
  • by bank transfer to The British School of Osteopathy, Barclays Bank, account: 30196207, sort code: 20-65-82
  • over the phone by debit or credit card to our CPD and Events Officer on +44 (0)20 7089 5352

The BSO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found.  The BSO cannot guarantee that any course will run.  In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.


All BSO alumni and students receive 10% off our courses and conferences. BSO 500 Club Members receive 20% off course fees. Members of staff and Clinic Associates can attend any course with available spaces on the day without charge, but otherwise can also benefit from the 20% discount.