Title: Clinical methods

Date: 22 November 2020

Cost: £109 - £135

Speaker: Trevor Jefferies


Due to current difficult financial situation for most osteopaths, the UCO has decided to support you accessing CPD by offering payments in two 50% instalments (up to 6 weeks prior to the course - i.e 11 October). The first payment is processed on Eventbrite when you book your place, and for the second payment, the UCO finance team will contact you a couple of weeks before the course.


About the course

This course is an opportunity for people to revise and practice the systems testing procedures which all osteopaths and other first line health practitioners learn in order to assess the systemic health of patients. 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 and practice involved in cardiovascular examination, respiratory examination and elements of neurological testing. There will be time to cover some other testing elements as requested by the delegates on the day.


Osteopathic practice standards and other CPD elements covered

A Communication and patient partnership A2, A3, A4, A6

B Knowledge, skills and performance B1, B2, B3

C Safety and quality in practice C1, C2

D Professionalism D10


Communication and consent

This course covers giving the patient information about why the tests are being performed; what co-operation is needed from the patient and requesting consent for each stage of the tests.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the reasons for performing systems evaluation.
  • Revise the procedures involved in each examination.
  • Gain practical experience of performing clinical examinations covered.
  • Be able to interpret the results gained and take appropriate action.


09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30-11:30 Cardiovascular system examination theory and practice

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:30 Respiratory system examination theory and practice

12:30-13:30 Lunch (included)

13:30-15:00 Neurological examination (cranial nerves)

15:00-15:15 Break

15:15-17:30 Delegates choose the additional areas that they want to cover e.g. other elements of neurological testing, abdominal examination, lymphatic examination.

Note timings are subject to change according to the needs of the group.

Course suitability

Osteopaths, or similarly experienced first line health practitioners.

Pre-course reading and practical information

Delegates are recommended to review the relevant sections of 'McCleod's Clinical Examination' or an equivalent standard text prior to attending the course.

Delegates are also advised to bring appropriate clothing for the practical elements, and to bring their clinical methods equipment, i.e. stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, penlight, tuning forks (128 and 512 Hz), neuro testing pins etc.


About the course leader

Trevor Jefferies (experienced osteopath, clinic tutor, GOsC ACP assessor) recently retired from his roles at the UCO but has taught this material on the UCO's undergraduate and postgraduate courses over a number of years, was a clinic team leader and ran a demonstration clinic.


Cancellation policy

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found.  The UCO 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.