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Expert faculty

Daniel Bailey

Daniel qualified as an osteopath in 2002 and has since practised at the City Osteopaths UK Ltd, where he is Clinical Director. From 2004 to 2013 he was an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes School of Health and Social Care and a Senior Lecturer from 2010 to 2012. From 2009 to 2013 he was Osteopath for Royal Mail Wolverhampton, and since 2012 he has been Consultant Osteopath to Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. In 2013 was nominated by the Osteopathic Sports Care Association to work for the English Institute for Sport with Team GB in Birmingham. He began a four year MSc programme in Neuromuscularskeletal Healthcare at Keele University in 2009.  

In 2012 Daniel was selected as a specialist visitor for the Quality Assurance Agency on behalf of the GOsC. He also lectures at Staffordshire University School of Healthcare.

Simon Browning

Having graduated from the BSO in 1978 and enjoyed 22 years in practice, Simon began his second professional career as an osteopathic teacher in 2000. Over the next six years, while teaching in a variety of osteopathic colleges in the United Kingdom, he gained a Masters in academic practice and published two books. In 2004 Simon joined the full time academic faculty at the BSO focusing upon teaching anatomy, technique and osteopathic evaluation. Simon began studying for a professional doctorate in education through Bath University in 2009. He was Head of Technique Faculty at the BSO from 2009 to 2011 and in September 2012 was appointed as the unit leader for both years of the MSc Osteopathy (pre-registration) Unit. He continues to deliver the MSc Osteopathy (pre-registration) and the Rheumatology and Orthopaedics units, while delivering the majority of lectures for the human anatomy unit. He also acts as a clinic tutor.

Simon was an original member of the team of trained external examiners for the GOsC and is currently a fully trained osteopathic visitor for the QAA assisting in the formal validation or revalidation process for UK osteopathic colleges. He has delivered at a variety of events concerning the teaching of technique, including Bath University Research Graduate Conference in July 2009 and OSEAN conference at Vienna in 2009 and Berlin in 2011. His published books, related to musculoskeletal differential diagnosis, are titled 'Hands on: a clinical companion' and 'Hands on: developing your differential diagnostic skill'.

Soran David

Soran qualified as an osteopath in 2004 after a successful career as an actor in the West End and in repertory theatre around the country. She joined the BSO in 2005 as a clinic tutor and is now also a CBO lecturer and PCC Unit Leader in addition to her continuing work in private practice. She has a particular interest in health and exercise and, while training as an osteopath, became a specialist in aqua exercise, training instructors and midwives in pre- and post-natal aqua and deep water exercise. Since qualifying, she has studied for and gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. As a tutor she has supervised a number of qualitative studies ranging from meditation techniques and their effect on health to injury coping strategies in amateur rugby players. Recently she has undertaken scholarly reading focused on osteopathic principles and wider healthcare philosophy and its influence on clinical reasoning, and the history of osteopathy and its role as a 21st century healthcare practice.

Alison Durant

After graduating in 2001 Alison was an Associate Osteopath at Daryl Herbert & Associates and Bhavesh Joshi's Back to Basics clinic, before starting to run her own clinic in 2003. She became a technique lecturer at the BSO in 2003 and is now the Unit Leader responsible for practical osteopathic skills at Level 4. Alison has taken various technique courses, undertaken private study and attended regional GOsC conferences and completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in 2007.  She attends the BOA convention, and took part in training for dissertation supervisors at the BSO in 2007.

Dr Jorge Esteves

Since qualifying as an osteopath in 1993, Jorge has worked as a clinician and academic. From 2002 he was Senior Lecturer in Osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University, before joining the BSO as Head of Research in 2010. Since then he has sat on numerous committees including the Research and Ethics Committee, the Research and Scholarship Committee, and he has chaired the Postgraduate Portfolio Board. He is a Non-Executive Council Member (Registrant) of GOsC and a member of Education and Standards Committee.  Jorge has acted as Osteopathy subject reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and for the Dutch and Flemish Accreditation Organisation. He is an external examiner for Institute d’Osteopathie Dauphine in Paris and was formerly an external examiner for Middlesex University from 2007 to 2012. He has also conducted peer review for the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, Manual Therapy, the European Journal of Integrative Medicine, Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, and Advances in Health Sciences Education.   

Jorge has undertaken research into the areas of problem-based learning, clinical reasoning, and palpation in osteopathy, particularly on the validity and reliability of palpation and on exploring the way osteopaths integrate sensory information. He has presented on this subject at a variety of conferences including AMEE in 2011, the International Osteopathic Symposium organised by IdHEO in Nantes in 2012, and the Potsdam OSEAN Open Forum in 2011. Jorge has published in IJOM and Manual Therapy on subjects including 'Emotional processing and its relationship to chronic low back pain' and ‘Developing competence in diagnostic palpation: Perspectives from neuroscience and education'.

Michael Ford

Michael began his career working in research into language processing, moving into lecturing on a variety of topics including research methods and biological psychology. He also delivered general psychology seminars on a regular basis at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. In 2011 he took up a role as Research and CAE Officer at the BSO, assisting the Vice Principal (Research) and Head of Student Research in the delivery of a variety of student research platforms, as well as Unit Leader for the CAE unit at levels 4 and 5.

Michael has published in a range of publications related to language processing, including semantic context, derivational morphology, repetition priming of spoken words, electrophysiological manifestations of psycholinguistic processes, visual word-recognition, verb inflection, and the computation of word meaning.

Fiona Hendry

Fiona has worked at the BSO since October 1988 as a lecturer and was a Director on the Board of the BSO from 1998 until 2004. She is currently a lecturer in Neuro-muscular-skeletal skills and Osteopathic Evaluation and Unit Leader for SF 5/6. She is also Unit Leader and an educator into both units of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Clinical Education. She sits on the committees for Educational Enhancement and Strategy, Teaching and Learning Strategy and Postgraduate Education.

Her main interests are in sport and education. Fiona lectured to ASA between 1995 and 1999, to NCSO in 1998, to WCSO in 2005 and 2012, and to the GosC conference in 1999. From 2000 to 2006 she was a consultant for the MSc Sports Osteopathy  Development Team at Leeds Metropolitan University. She has also undertaken research into the motivation and interest of osteopaths, and completed a MA dissertation into perspectives in teaching and learning in BSO stakeholders. She presented at the Western Counties event in 2012 on Osteopathic Evaluation, and the International Osteopathic Education Conference on Perspectives in Teaching and Learning in 2011.

Andrew Lay

Andrew qualified from the BSO in 2000. After qualification he worked as an associate in a variety of practices and now has his own practice. He became a member of BSO faculty in 2003 and is now a clinic tutor and osteopathic lecturer at undergraduate and postgraduate level. From 2005 to 2007 Andrew was an examiner in Technique at LSO.

He has a keen interest in course development and in 2010 was lead developer on a course for the University of Bedfordshire. Andrew has experience as an external examiner, and in 2010 he completed a MA in Medical Education, which included a research section on reviewing education strategies to assist with translating theory into practice.

Simeon London

Simeon graduated from the BSO in 1995 and worked as a tutor before moving to New Zealand to take up the role of Programme Director at Unitec New Zealand.  In 2007 he returned to the BSO as Head of Clinical Practice,  and is now Head of Clinical Education and M.Ost (FT) Course Leader. He sits on the BSO Scrutiny Committee and Exam Board, Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee and Academic Council and has been responsible for the development and instigation of a range of policies within the clinical environment, including policies in relation to patient complaints, student attendance, fitness to practice and professional behaviour. He is also engaged as reviewer for the QAA, involved in scrutinising course documentation to ensure higher education providers comply with QAA guidelines.

Simeon chaired the British School of Osteopathy/Anglo-European College of Chiropractic Sports Conference  in 2011 and has recently been engaged with research into  assessment of clinical competence, feedback in clinical education and professionalism in osteopathic education. He has presented at the International Osteopathic Education Conferences in 2011 and 2013, and annually at the BSO Staff Conference since 2010 on these subjects. In 2008 he published in the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine: ‘The assessment of clinical practice on osteopathic education; is there a need to define a gold standard?’

Daniel Orchard

Daniel qualified in 2005 and has since worked in a variety of osteopathic practices. Since 2007 he has run a practice within a GP setting. He joined the teaching faculty at the BSO in 2010 within the NMS, Embryology and Pain area and became Unit Leader of the Function Dysfunction unit in 2011. He began teaching on the MsC Osteopathy in 2012.

Daniel has a MSc in Pain: Science and Society from King's College London and presented his dissertation on the Lived Experience of Headaches at the Paris OSEAN conference in 2012. He is also chair of the Cambridge Osteopathic Group and lectures internationally on pain. He has conducted research into pathophysiology and biomechanics and has conducted a seminar on the subject of Pain for Healthcare Practitioners at Victoria University in Melbourne. For the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, Daniel has undertaken peer review on the subject of brain scanning and sympathetic nervous system.

Rachel Pointon

Rachel qualified and entered private practice in Shoreham-by-Sea in 1969. She was a tutor at the Open University from 1996 to 2000 and a GOsC council member from 2004 to 2010. She became a technique tutor at the BSO in 2000 and worked as a clinic tutor from 2008 to 2010. She is now co-ordinator of mixed mode technique and Unit Leader for PSOP on the part time programme.

Rachel held external examining roles at COET until 2009 and annually at Institutio Superiore di Osteopatia, Milan. She is an external examiner for the GOsC and was a member of the GOsC council and the Investigating Committee for five years. In 2010 she delivered a lecture to faculty from the Institutio Superiore di Osteopatia in Milan on the importance of osteopathic palpation. She published in the British Osteopathic Journal in 1974 on 'A possible cause of osteopathic lesions' and in 1996 on 'Judgement in osteopathy'.

Haidar Ramadan

Haidar graduated from BCOM in 2001 and quickly enrolled at the University of Greenwich to read for an MSc in Health Sciences by research. Subsequently he completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education Teaching and began study for an MSc in Management in Health and Social Care in 2010. He has been involved in osteopathic education since 2004, first as a clinic tutor at BCOM and subsequently as lecturer and Course Leader at Oxford Brookes University, managing the BSc Osteopathy programme. He was appointed to the Head of Practical Skills role at the BSO in 2012. Haidar has recently undertaken research into leadership, quality and clinical audit in healthcare, and presented a workshop at the BSO International Osteopathic Education Conference in 2013 on advances in delivery of practical skills in osteopathy.

Haidar combines his academic career with osteopathic practice, and is currently Team Lead Osteopathy at the Central London Community Health NHS Trust. He has previously worked as a Musculoskeletal Osteopath at Kensington and Chelsea PCT, as well as in private practice in London. He is currently Senior MSK Osteopath, part of the Community MSK Service at Chelsea Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He is also part of the Clinical Steering Group of the department. In 2012 Haidar was appointed to a Council Member role on the General Osteopathic Council, and as part of the Fitness to Practice Committee.

Graham Sharman

Graham qualified in 1991 and completed a MA in Education in 2001.  As Head of Education at the GOsC he was closely involved with managing the process for registering osteopaths and the statutory mentoring scheme for osteopath registrants who required further support to meet GOsC requirements.  Graham led the development of the statutory GOsC CPD scheme, and  also acted as Programme Leader for Physiotherapy on an interim basis, and Director of Pre-Qualifying Learning and Development, with director responsibility for pre-qualifying placement learning across all NHS and Social Work fields. He also implemented the BSO Osteopathy Extended Pathway and led the development of the OBU part time and full time Osteopathy Programmes.

Graham is currently a GOsC appointed portfolio and curriculum examiner for EU and overseas osteopath applicants, involving examination of clinical competence and interviewing on return to practice.  He was previously a clinical competence assessor and served two terms as a co-opted Member of the GOsC Professional Conduct Committee. Graham has participated in various university validation panel events in osteopathy and other subjects and in 2011 he sat on the BSO PG ACE Validation Panel as a subject specialist. In 2013 he acted as a subject specialist to ISO Milan’s consultancy on establishing a Bachelors and Masters osteopathy course. He is currently a QAA-appointed Osteopathy Subject Reviewer and has also reviewed for the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. He led the development of the BSO’s part-time Masters course and was a development team member of the Pre-Registration and Post-Registration Masters courses. He has undertaken various UK and EU consultancy roles and in 2013 acted as a subject specialist to ISO.

Chris Thomas

Chris qualified in 1999 and has subsequently worked in private practice: for Tom Sheehan in Denmark Hill from 1999 to 2000, and in Upminster from 1999 onwards, currently for Willow Podiatry and Osteopathy Practice. He has been a technique and clinic tutor at the BSO since December 2000 and is currently Unit Leader for Osteopathic Technique Years Three and Four and Learning for Professional Autonomy, and an Academic Tutor for Year Four. In the Access to Healthcare course he is the unit leader for the Ethics and Practice of Osteopathy module. As a clinic tutor he specialises in HIV and is a lead tutor in the Blanchard and Royal Free Hospital HIV Clinics.

Chris has undertaken self-directed research in the field of HIV treatment, clinical learning and manipulation, relating to his role within Chapman Clinic and Royal Free Hospital. In 2010 he gained a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Bedfordshire. He has also performed prepublication peer review for the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr Oliver Thomson

After qualifying in 2006, Oliver worked in private practice in London, before moving to Sweden in 2008 to contribute to the strategic development of the new Stockholm College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2010 he returned to the UK to become co-owner of and practitioner in a large multidisciplinary clinic. He became a clinic tutor at the BCOM in 2006 and from 2007 has lectured and tutored in a variety of institutions. Since 2011 he has been a senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and a visiting fellow at Victoria University in Melbourne, and has undertaken peer review for the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine and the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.

In 2012 Oliver joined the BSO research centre as a Research Officer, where he lectures on research methods, supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. He sits on the Research & Scholarship Committee, which involved strategic development of developing research culture within the BSO, identifying barriers and opportunities to implementing an effective and accessible research programme. In 2013, Oliver gained his PhD from the Research Centre for Health Professions at the University of Brighton, where his research explored the clinical decision-making of experienced osteopaths in the UK.

He has conducted research into Clinical Reasoning and Grounded Theory, and regularly presented at conferences including the 9th International Conference in Osteopathic Research and the International Conference in Advances in Osteopathic Research in 2012.  Oliver has published in IJOM, Manual Therapy and the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, including articles on Qualitative Research and Clinical Reasoning.

Frank Vincent

Frank graduated in 1993 and worked for two years at the Caroline Penn Practice. He has run his own practice in Bexleyheath since the summer of 1993, and has taught at BSO since April 1995, initially as a clinic tutor, then as a lecturer in communication skills and ASM in the Conceptual Basis of Osteopathy. He is now Unit Leader in Osteopathic Practice and OCCS (level 6) and lecturer in the conceptual basis of osteopathy. He also leads on the curriculum design for the Conceptual Basis of Osteopathy area of study within the M.Ost.

Frank is involved in peer review of colleagues in the Conceptual Basis of Osteopathy area of study via formal teaching observation and appraisal/performance development. He attends the BSO Staff Conferences (annually) and presented a poster at conference on applying osteopathic concepts at the 2008 BSO Education Conference.

Mark Waters

A fully qualified teacher, Mark joined the BSO in 2006 after a period working in schools. Initially working as Head of Academic Support, he took on the roles of Access Coordinator and Mixed Mode Coordinator before becoming Course Leader for the school’s part-time M.Ost course and the Head of Foundation Studies. He teaches Communication Skills in the Developing Osteopathic Practice Area of Study and Criticality and Professional Development under Critical Analysis and Enquiry. Mark also teaches a number of units on the Access Course and is involved in teaching on the PgC ACE.

Mark is involved in a range of internal and external validation panels, including the Access Course in 2013, Fully Part-Time M.Ost Course in 2012, Full Time M.Ost Course in 2012, and MSc Osteopathy Pre-Registration and PG Cert ACE in 2011. He also sits on the Access Quality and Development Committee for Laser Learning Awards. He gives regular presentations at the BSO Staff Conference including: workshops on effective feedback in 2010, sharing good practice in pre-degree education (Foundation Phase) in 2011, and presentation of E-learning tools and their application within osteopathic teaching in Higher Education in 2012. He also presented at the International Osteopathic Education Conference on Self-Directed Learning Opportunities in Osteopathic Education in 2013.

Neil Wayman

Neil graduated in 1993 and worked in Bishop's Stortford as an associate until 1999. He now runs his own practice in Whitstable, Kent. He became a technique tutor at the BSO in 1994 and has been POS Unit Leader since 2012. He has a particular interest in sports injuries and has recently been undertaking research into geriatric care, sports injuries, the demographics of injury, psychology of pain, and manipulation.

Since 2008, Neil has delivered an Advanced Spinal Manipulation CPD course at the BSO in conjunction with Dr David Evans.

Francesca Wiggins

Since graduating Francesca has worked in private practice, in Cambridge for seven years, and, since 2007, in London.  She was secretary of Cambridgeshire Osteopathic Group for two years and visited Cambridge University Anatomy Department, along with local lectures on dermatology, orthopaedics, oncology, and with a consultant, in pain management.  Francesca joined the BSO as a clinic tutor in 2003 and became a full-time lecturer in 2007. She teaches anatomy and Developing Osteopathic Practice, as well as leading and tutoring in the clinic within her roles as Deputy Head of Clinical Practice and Unit Leader for Osteopathic Practice 7.