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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

Cancer, understanding pathologenies and clinical aspects - Friday 14th October

A day spent in multiple learning landscapes to enforce and enhance knowledge of cancers, their pathogenesis and clinical implications. During the morning you will first attend a lecture at the BSO Teaching Centre 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 final part of the course (2 hours) the afternoon will be spent looking at examples within the pathology museum and discussing the presentation and case histories of each.

 Course Leader: David Parry

Date: Friday 14th October 2016
Cost: £205
CPD: 7 hours per day

Registration:

Call admissions on  020 7407 5333 and speak to Jacqueline Brown

or via Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cancer-understanding-pathology-and-clinical-aspects-tickets-26944388391

Pain and Pharmacology - 22nd October 2016

Most osteopathic patients will be taking or have taken painkillers - less than half safely and appropriately. Most have unanswered questions about affects, side effects and safe usage.

This course will give delegates the opportunity to increase their knowledge and confidence of pharmacology and pain control medication. The course will discuss assessing and treating patients with poorly controlled pain, with advice and education on safe and effective pain control medication selection. 

Using evidenced based practice, the course will also challenge common dysfunctional beliefs and attitudes to medications.

Who is the course leader?

 Course leader, Dave Baker is a qualified Non-medical Prescriber. He holds a post at City University, Department of Applied Biological, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences, where he lectures on MSc Modules including Medicines Management, Pain and Analgesia, and Non-Medical Prescribing.

What have previous delegates said about the course?

"Really good speaker who enjoys his area of knowledge"
"Very impressed by training, delivery and depth of knowledge" 

Course Leader: Dave Baker
Date: Saturday 22nd October 2016
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours

Registration: or via Eventbrite.

3D Biomechanics - 7 October 2016

The day 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.

Applies sports muscle chains assessment of global effects:

•             One-sided sports

•             Upper body dominant sports

•             Lower body dominant sports

•             Pregnancy posture

•             Foot posture and leg length discrepancy

Which other courses might be relevant to me? 

 

This course is part of a two one-day workshops over the weekend. It is not necessary for you to attend both days but many delegates choose to do this. The other course is Functional Active Release (FAR). Robin Lansman also runs Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Shoulder Dysfunction Workshop, a refresher course designed for those who want to brush up on their skills in this area.

Who is running the course?

Robin Lansman teaches students about his approach to Osteopathic Rehabilitation & Sports Injury Management at the British School of Osteopathy and across Europe. He has also been on-hand at many London Marathons to help runners of Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) & Alzheimer's Charities and is a qualified osteopath.  Robin Lansman is also President of the Institute of Osteopathy.

What have previous delegates said about the course? 

"Muscle chains - new concept for me"

"Chain theory rather than working muscles in isolation"

"Very good, competent and knowledgeable" 

Course Leader: Robin Lansman
Date: Friday 7 October 2016
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours

Registration: or via Eventbrite

Complexities in Paediatric Osteopathy -8th, 9th October 2016

Complexities in Paediatric Osteopathy

Course Leader - Samantha Fennell

£270

A two day course in which participants will enhance their knowledge about complexities in Paediatric Osteopathy through a mixture of lectures, practicals and discussion groups. This course is ideally designed for those with an interest/already working in Paediatric Osteopathy who wish to develop themselves in that area 


Day 1 will include

  • Child and adolescent mental health

  • Emotional and behavioural difficulties in children 

Day 2 will feature

  • An osteopathic approach to developmental delay 

Functional Active Release - 21 October 2016

The day 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.

Applies sports muscle chains assessment of global effects:

•             One-sided sports

•             Upper body dominant sports

•             Lower body dominant sports

•             Pregnancy posture

•             Foot posture and leg length discrepancy

How can this approach benefit the practioner?

FAR can reduce the stress on your body by combining the best concepts of other myo-facial treatment techniques. The patient is fully involved in the treatment process so that you can get better results by working cooperatively, and it's easy to monitor changes in the patient to measure the effectiveness of the approach.

Which other courses might be relevant to me? 

This course is part of two, one-day workshops held over a weekend. It is not necessary to attend both days but many delegates choose to do this. The other course is the 3D Sports Biomechanics & Muscle Chains.  Robin Lansman also runs Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Shoulder Dysfunction Workshop, a refresher course designed for those who want to brush up on their skills in this area.

Who is running the course?

Robin Lansman teaches students about his approach to Osteopathic Rehabilitation & Sports Injury Management at the British School of Osteopathy and across Europe. He has also been on-hand at many London Marathons to help runners of Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) & Alzheimer's Charities and is a qualified osteopath. He is also President of the Institute of Osteopathy.

What have previous delegates said about the course? 

"Immediately applicable principles and techniques"
"Have already found improvements in delegates on whom I have practiced"
"I think this will really help clear up chronic cases that have not responded well to treatment"
"Very engaging, easy to understand and to practice"
"This was completely new to me" 

Course Leader: Robin Lansman
Date: Friday 21 October 2016
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours

Registration: or via Eventbrite

Emergency First Aid - 21st October 2016

As a clinician it is expected that you would know what to do in a medical emergency. With evidence continuing to show how quickly skills deteriorate, you should be aware of the medical, legal and professional implications of getting it wrong.

This course offers the minimum level of first aid certification recommended by the Health and Safety Executive. It is a common complaint that traditional first aid training does not address the needs of the healthcare professional so 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 the legalities of first aid, the primark survey, basic life support, early recognition of acute coronary syndromes, management of the unconscious casualty and management of trauma, medical and environmental scenarios.

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 21st October 2016
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours

Registration:  or via Eventbrite.

Advanced Ergonomics - 22 October 2016

David Annett leads this advanced course in Ergonomics for Therapists.  Building on skills developed from the previous course, subjects covered include Specialist DSE assessments, Report Writing, Vehicle Ergonomics, Disability Ergonomics and ideas for Marketing.  There will be a live DSE practical - assessing one of the BSO staff and a presentation showing the latest ergonomic products related to the DSE regulations.  Participants will gain the skills to undertake workstation assessments in the work place and car assessments.  They will also be shown how to pass on this knowledge in the clinical environment.

 Am I eligible to attend?

Delegates should have attended the first course on "Ergonomics for Manual Therapists" or have some experience of DSE assessments. 

What have previous delegates said about the ergonomics course?

"Felt very comfortable with the trainer and his excellent knowledge - he enabled the group to join in and keep focused"

"Excellent - very engaging!"

Course Leader: David Annett
Date: Saturday 22 October 2016
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours

Registration: or via Eventbrite

Building Collaborative Relationships -5th November

 Do your patients ever display an amazing ability to remain incompliant? That clinic life at times resembles a game of tug of war in which you and your patient are pulling in opposite directions? That the more you try to engage them in their recovery, the deeper they dig their heels in? If the answer is yes then this workshop could be for you!

Whilst the main focus is on clinical practice, what makes this course fairly unique is that delegates will discover tools which are of value in life outside the treatment room too. Course outcomes include:

 

·         Enhance quality of healthcare given to patients

·         Understand why they don’t always do what they’re told!

·         Learn to accept the things you can not change

·         Work together to identity and resolve barriers to healing

·         Put strategies in place to support patients’ long term wellbeing

·         Enjoy a happier clinic life by learning to work WITH patients!

 

The main goal of the session is to enable delegates how to:

 Engage patients – collaboratively treat patients – retain your patients’ trust and commitment to their health / wellbeing. 

 

Feedback from previous workshops :

“I enjoyed the course very much, very helpful”

“Brilliant”

“Lovely engaging style”

“Excellent, relaxed, fun and inspiring”

“Very engaging, knowledgeable, and entertaining style: I learned without realising I was”

 

Paul Brown is an NLP practitioner who graduated from the BSO in 2006. Although no longer a practicing osteopath, he enjoys finding ways for healthcare professionals to work more collaboratively to improve patient outcomes. He’s fascinated by methods (both Eastern and Western) to harness the power of the mind to help (rather than hinder) the healing process.

Course Leader: Paul Brown
Date: Saturday 5th November 2016
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours

Registration: or via Eventbrite.

Osteopathic Refresher - 19th, 20th November

£200

This course at the BSO offers osteopaths a range of ‘refresher’ sessions designed to update and explore different aspects of osteopathic practice. The weekend has been designed to support the new Osteopathic Practice Standards, and invited speakers represent a wide range of experience and expertise.

Each session is designed to quickly update attendees on key issues, and to offer practical advice and information that can be immediately helpful back in practice. The weekend’s sessions reflect the four different areas of the Osteopathic Practice Standards (A,B,C, and D) and will deliver 14 hours of CPD ‘with others’, allowing for peer support, discussion and evaluation of new and established ideas.

Topics:

  • Technique Clinic - Simon Browning
  • Elderly Balance Assessment Adaptive Testing - Robin Lansman
  • Clinical Methods  – Trevor Jeffries
  • Communication with GPs - Robin Lansman
  • Maintaining Patient Relationships – Gilly Woodhouse
  • Vaccination - public health / private hazard? - Andrea Rippe
  • Still Technique - Jonathan Edis
  • New avenues in somatic dysfunction - Kevin Brownhill

Advanced Spinal Manipulation - 19th November

Advanced Spinal Manipulation

Course Leaders : Dr David Evans, Neil Wayman

£135

 

This collaborative course run by osteopaths Dr David Evans and Neil Wayman, brings together the theoretical and practical aspects of spinal manipulation in a course that will be of interest to all osteopaths. David has authored several publications about spinal manipulation and back pain, and Neil is an experienced Technique Tutor at the BSO.

The course looks at the effects and processes of manipulation in detail, providing better information for practitioners to inform decisions about when manipulation is indicated or not. It is aimed at proficient manipulators who want to better understand techniques that they already use and to add more advanced techniques to their current repertoire.

Recent delegate feedback:

Clear demonstrations and one on one assistance.

Professional and interesting.

Good balance of practical and theory. [Trainers'] knowledge very good.

Communication and Consent - 2nd December

Communication and Consent

Course Leader : Mark Waters

£135

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.

Our CPD day involves a morning session covering a refresher of communication skills and consent with our Part Time Course Leader, 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 our 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.

 

3D Biomechanics and FAR - 9th and 10th December

Biometrics 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 patienct-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
CPD: 14hours

Registration: or via Eventbrite.

Neuro and Intracranial Anatomy and Pathology - Friday 17th 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 14th October 2016

Cost: £205
CPD: 7 hours per day

Registration:

Call admissions on  020 7407 5333 and speak to Jacqueline Brown

or via Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/neuro-and-intracranial-anatomy-and-pathology-tickets-27255313376

 

Booking

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 http://www.eventbrite.com/org/1122592523.

Payment

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.

Discounts

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.