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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

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. 

Upon completion, all delegates will receive certificates. 

Invited speakers represent a wide range of experience and expertise.


Anatomy Refresher & Structural Connections - Rob McCoy

Communication & Consent - Rob McCoy

Concussion, Recognising it, Assessment & Return to Play Protocols - Simeon Milton

Pain-Related Guilt in Low Back Pain - Dr Danijela Serbic

Hand and Wrist Anatomy Examination - Jonathan Edis

Animal Osteopathy - Stuart McCgregor

Online Resources for Osteopaths - James Barclay

Nutrition Inflammation - Antonia Adeniji

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 March

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 March 2017
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours

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

Pain and Pathophysiology - 11 February

A new, one-day intensive course exploring the modern concepts of persistent pain led by pain experts Hubert van Griensven and Daniel Orchard. 


Traditionally, osteopathic treatment has been directed the somatic tissues in order to treat a patient’s pain. This is appropriate when their pain can be attributed to tissue damage and inflammation, but when pain persists a wider range of factors comes into play. Functional changes in the central nervous system can amplify sensory information, leading to enhanced pain perception and pain from unaffected areas of the body. The patient will also adjust psychologically and behaviourally. Their adjustments may be adaptive, but it is also possible that they become part of the problem. In the longer term, patients may develop a complex presentation of psychological, social, neural and physical dysfunction, a presentation for which somatic treatment can be ineffective or even counterproductive.

What this means for clinical practice

In any clinical setting it is important for the clinician to identify factors that can be addressed for the patient’s benefit. In patients with persistent pain, these factors include sensitization of the nervous system, as well as psychological and social aspects. Standard orthopaedic and neurological tests are still relevant, but they are given a place within a wider context. Depending on the findings, treatment may include addressing unhelpful pain beliefs, promoting understanding and providing coping strategies. Manual techniques may be used to aid function and normalize function of the sensory nervous system. Appropriate forms of exercise are also important in this approach to psychologically informed rehabilitation.

What will this course cover?

  • changes to the function of the nervous system when pain persists
  • psychological and social factors and the role they can play in persistent pain
  • building these factors into history taking and physical assessment of the patient
  • approaches to the treatment and management of persistent pain
  • case-based discussions

Please note there will be a reading list which you will be required to complete prior to the course starting. This will help all delegates to be on the same level upon starting the course.

About the course leaders

Hubert van Griensven is a qualified Physiotherapist and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, where he leads an MSc module in Pain. Hubert has also completed an MSc in Pain from King’s College London and has written various papers in Pain. Hubert has published a textbook on Pain Physiology in Manual Therapy Practice and a further textbook on Pain with contributions from experts around the world. Hubert also holds a PhD from the University of Brighton.

Daniel Orchard is a qualified Osteopath and teaches NMS and Pain Science at the BSO. Daniel also holds an MSC in Pain from King’s College London and presented his dissertation on the Lived Experience of Headaches at the Paris OSEAN conference in 2012. Daniel regularly undertakes peer review on the subject of pain and lectures internationally on pain to healthcare practitioners.

Course Leader: Hubert van Griensven & Daniel Orchard
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.


Cervical Spine Risk Assessment and Consent for Manual Therapists - 26 February

This course will address practitioners’ concerns about treating the neck in the context of evaluating risk and receiving consent.

There has been much recent debate about the association between manual therapy and adverse events relating to stroke and cervical artery dysfunction. This one day masterclass draws content from recent evidence and provides tools to practitioners to enhance clinical reasoning in triaging their patients and making informed decisions with their patients about whether manual treatment is appropriate. Presentations and case based practical work will enable participants to evaluate their current knowledge, identify their learning needs and provide current knowledge and skills based training to enhance practice. Relevant theory, epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical research will be used to give participants up to date knowledge and will be applied in the context of clinical reasoning. Consent related matters in this area will be reviewed and shared as well as the opportunity to practise relevant clinical methods.

The course will focus on giving delegates practical experience and skills that they can apply in their clinical work.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the pathophysiology and epidemiology of cervical artery dysfunction
  • Clarify the relationship between manual therapy technique and risk when evaluating and treating the neck
  • Identify risk factors for cervical artery dysfunction
  • Gain experience of clinical reasoning and shared clinical decision making with patients
  • Enhance and apply clinical methods in the examination of neck and head pain presentations

This course is suitable for chiropractors, osteopaths, and physiotherapists.

Who is teaching the course?

Roger Kerry 

Associate Professor/Director of Postgraduate Education, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham

Roger is an experienced physiotherapist and academic with longstanding research and education interests in haemodynamics and manual therapy. He has published widely on clinical reasoning and risk related to cervical artery dysfunction. Roger is a member of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapist working group for the International Framework for Examination of the Cervical Region for potential of Cervical Arterial Dysfunction prior to Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Intervention 2007-2017.

Selected publications

Steven Vogel 

Vice Principal (Research), The British School of Osteopathy. Editor-in-Chief, The International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine

Most of Steven’s working time is spent on research and education at the British School of Osteopathy. He held a clinical post as an osteopath in an NHS primary care setting for many years. His recent research has focused on reassurance, communication and consent, and safety in manual therapy. He was the lead researcher in the largest UK study investigating patient and osteopath’s experience of risk management and adverse events and consent. Steven has published widely and been involved in the development of NICE’s clinical guidelines for low back pain and sciatica.

Selected publications

  • Vaughan B, Moran R, Tehan P, Fryer G, Holmes M, Vogel S, et al. (2016) Manual therapy and cervical artery dysfunction: Identification of potential risk factors in clinical encounters. Int J Osteopath Med . Doi: 10.1016/j.ijosm.2016.01.007.
  • Holt N, Pincus T, Vogel S. (2015) Reassurance during low back pain consultations with GPs: a qualitative study. Br J Gen Pract ;65(639):e692–701. Doi: 10.3399/bjgp15X686953.
  • Pincus, T. Holt, N. Vogel, S. Underwood, M. Savage, R. Walsh, D. A. & Taylor, S. J. C. (2013) Cognitive and affective reassurance and patient outcomes in primary care: A systematic review ',  Pain.154; 2407-2416.
  • Vogel, S. (2012) Consent and information exchange – A burden or opportunity? International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 15; 3: 83-85.
  • Daniels, G. and Vogel, S. (2012) Consent in osteopathy: A cross sectional survey of patients' information and process preferences. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 15; 3: 92-102.
  • Vogel, S. (2010) Adverse events and treatment reactions in osteopathy. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 13; 3: 83-84.

Course Leader: Roger Kerry & Steven Vogel
Date:  Sunday 26 February 2017
Cost: £135
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 5333 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 5333

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.