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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

Paediatric Neonatal Examination - 11 June 2016

Due to the popularity of this course, all tickets have now been sold out. Please keep your eyes peeled for the next run of this course. 

Paediatric Osteopathy 1 & 2 - 9 & 10 July 2016

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

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 9 & Sunday 10 July 2016
Cost: £125 or £250
CPD: 7 hours per day

Registration:

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

Register for Saturday 9th via Eventbrite.

Register for Sunday 10th via Eventbrite.

Pain and Pharmacology - 9 July 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 9 July 2016
Cost: £125
CPD: 7 hours

Registration: or via Eventbrite.

BSO Roadshow: Birmingham - 16 July 2016

We're back on the road! After two successful events in Manchester and Bristol, we're now coming to Birmingham! 

Look forward to: 

  • Exclusive talks:

- BSO - ‘TDAP and designation - What it means for our alumni and the osteopathic profession’
- ‘Patients at Risk’ 
- ‘Future trends of osteopathy’ 
- BSO in 2017: ‘Celebrating 100 years of osteopathic education provision'

  • 3 hours of free CPD - Certficates will be given

  • Networking

*Snacks and refreshments will be provided

All osteopaths are welcome to attend this roadshow, whether a BSO graduate or not. 

Speakers: Various
Date: Saturday 16 July 2016 (10am - 1.30pm)
Cost: Free
CPD: 3 hours

Registration: Eventbrite

Osteopathy & Gynaecology - 16 & 17 July 2016

Osteopathy & Gynaecology: Pelvic Pain and the Female Reproductive System

This course will include a review of the normal physiology for the female reproductive system, a look at case history which involves what questions we ask, how we understand the responses and how we make a clinical decision as to who is best to see this patient (osteopath, gynaecologist or another clinical specialist). You will also review the pathologies involved, supported by up to date evidence. You will explore elements of structural, visceral and myofascial techniques throughout the weekend. Mention will be made of the role of cranio sacral techniques but will not be part of the teaching.

The techniques taught in the class will be mainly external techniques. Any internal techniques taught in the class will be practiced on a gynae trainer model so that the whole class can participate in the palpation. 

Course Leader: Stephen Sandler
Date: Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July 2016
Cost: £250
CPD: 14 hours

Registration: or via Eventbrite

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome & Shoulder Dysfunction - 23 July 2016

This course is ideal for delegates who have already completed Robin Lansman’s previous workshops in Functional Active Release, Sports Biomechanics and Muscle Chains, or Stretching Prescription. The course can be treated as a refresher or is suitable for those seeking new ways of approaching TOS, a common condition which can be complex to manage.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify components of  neck and shoulder injury that are producing localised and referred patterns of pain more quickly
  • Assess and review ergonomic issues that can contribute to TOS and shoulder dysfunction
  • Provide detailed self-management advice for patients with near constant pain cycles around the TOS/shoulder
  • Design rehab exercises and stretches that work without aggravating the presenting condition without loss of effectiveness
  • Use fast and effective functional active release techniques to release neural tension and improve function

Which other courses might be relevant to me? 

Robin Lansman additionally runs a series of three one-day workshops on Functional Active Release (FAR), 3D Sports Biomechanics & Muscle Chains, and Prescriptive Stretching.

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.

Course Leader: Robin Lansman
Date: Saturday 23 July 2016
Cost: £125
CPD: 7 hours

Registration: or via Eventbrite

Specialist Respiratory Paediatrics - 13 & 14 August 2016

This course will give you the confidence to deal with respiratory conditions affecting babies, toddlers, children and teenagers. The anatomy and technique taught on this course will focus on the paediatric facial bones and the temporal. This 2-day course will incorporate a mix of theory, practical and group discussion.

You will learn about:

  • The developmental anatomy of the respiratory tract
  • The effects of lung changes at birth
  • The effects of prematurity and artificial ventilation
  • Lower respiratory tract conditions - including bronchiolitis, asthma, croup
  • Upper respiratory tract conditions - including mouth breathing, adenoids, tonsils, sinuses
  • Middle ear pathology - including acute otitis media and 'glue ear'

Course Leaders: Samantha Fennell and Lizzie Lomax
Date: Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August 2016 
Cost: £250
CPD: 14 hours

Registration: or via Eventbrite

Osteopathy in the Cranial Field - 9, 10, 11, 24 & 25 September

There has been a steady growth in demand for treatment using the ‘cranial’ approach from patients of all age groups and many osteopaths consider this to be the approach of choice for the very young and for elderly patients.

This course has been held annually at the BSO since 1974 in association with the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation Inc. (USA), an organisation originally established by Dr. Sutherland to develop and promote high quality teaching in the involuntary mechanism approach.

This basic level 5-day course is approved by the SCTF and includes the detailed anatomy and physiology specific to the involuntary approach, together with the underpinning principles of diagnosis and treatment procedures.

Approximately half of the contact time is devoted to practical instruction in groups of 4 participants to 1 tutor giving intensive, participant-centred tuition in treatment skills. Participants will get a skills log supported by the course tutors to guide their development of skills which is mapped against the osteopathic practice standards for CPD purposes.

Many practitioners in this field agree that understanding and skills are greatly enhanced by attending the basic course for a second time. Although lectures are common to all participants, those attending for a second time will work to more demanding objectives in practical/tutorial sessions.

About the teachers:

The course will be taught by a team of experienced post-graduate lecturers and tutors, many of whom have over 20 years of experience in teaching the involuntary mechanism approach and in applying it in everyday clinical practice.

Eligibility:

Registered osteopaths.

Applications will be accepted from students expecting to graduate in summer 2016 on condition that they register with the General Osteopathic Council before the course commences.

Applications will be considered from osteopaths practising outside the UK according to individual circumstances.

Cost:

Get an early bird discount if you book by Sunday 31 July! 

Early Booking - Full Delegate: £870
Early Booking - 2015/2016 BSO Graduate or BSO Faculty: £700
Early Booking - BSO alumni pre-2015 or graduate from another school with RQ status: £790

Full Delegate: £975
2015/2016 BSO Graduate or BSO faculty: £780
BSO alumni pre-2015 or graduate from another school with RQ status: £877
Deposit only: £100 (Please note you must pay in full two weeks before the course is due to start - Friday 26 August is the deadline)

We also have the option to pay via instalments. If you would like this option, please contact our CPD office to book directly on 020 7089 5333.

Date: Friday 9, Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 September. Please note this is a 5 day course
CPD: 35 hours

Registration: or via Eventbrite

Paediatric Osteopathic Practice - 10 & 11 September 2016

This weekend course focuses on Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal issues that are commonly diagnosed in children from birth to adolescence. The course aims to give an overview of appropriate case history taking, examination techniques including special orthopaedic testing and evidence based musculoskeletal screening, differential diagnosis and appropriate management whether that be treatment and/or referral.

The weekend is comprised of interactive theory based learning, practical sessions on examination, manual treatment and exercise therapy of the paediatric patient and group discussions regarding the evidence base for manual therapy as an intervention for varying pathologies related to neonates, infants and the sporty adolescent.

Course Leader: Arabella Gaunt 
Date: Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 September 2016 
Cost: £250
CPD: 14 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: £125
CPD: 7 hours

Registration: or via Eventbrite

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: £125
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: £125
CPD: 7 hours

Registration: or via Eventbrite

 

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.