Keele University produces its first qualified osteopaths


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Posted on 23 June 2010

Sam Morris is one of the first osteopaths to qualify at Keele University after studying on the part-time BSc (Hons) Osteopathy programme.

After five years of part-time study, alongside a busy job in television production, Sam has graduated from the programme with a First Class Honours Degree.  He will now be able to register with the General Osteopathic Council and set up in business as an osteopath.

“I would never have been able to train as an osteopath without the part-time option” says Sam. “The programme at Keele is very flexible and allowed me to work around my previous job in TV so I didn’t have to give up the income”

The part-time BSc (Hons) Osteopathy programme at Keele is specifically designed for mature learners who have existing work and family commitments.

Two other graduates from the original intake of 2005 have successfully completed their training: Emmanuel Gadoud and Neil Ryan. There are 40 further students at various stages of the programme.

The osteopathy programme at Keele is run by specialists in the field of osteopathic education: the College of Osteopaths has been involved in the training of osteopaths for over 60 years.  Programme Leader Elizabeth Elander was delighted to see the first of the Keele students starting to graduate after their long pathway through to professional registration.  “This is a remarkable achievement for the students who have graduated, it is a credit to the collaborative partnership between the College of Osteopaths and Keele University, and it is great news for people in the midlands and the north of the country who will have a steady stream of highly competent and enthusiastic new practitioners offering osteopathic treatment to the public.”

Sam, Emmanuel, Neil and all of the other student osteopaths undertake their clinical training at the College of Osteopaths’ teaching clinic in Stoke-on-Trent, at the North Staffordshire Medical Institute.  The work is closely supervised by experienced osteopath tutors.  Patients do not need to be referred by a GP to attend for treatment: you can simply phone the clinic to book yourself in – 01782 660000.  Evening appointments are available, and parking is free.

The distribution of osteopaths throughout the UK shows that we are short of osteopaths in this part of the country.  The programme at Keele University is the only completely part-time route into the profession.  If you would like to find out more about training to become an osteopath, send an email to osteopathy@keele.ac.uk or visit the website www.collegeofosteopaths.ac.uk or look at the prospectus on www.keele.ac.uk