Date and Time:

Sat, 8 Dec 2018, 09:00 – Sun, 9 Dec 2018, 17:30 GMT

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University College of Osteopathy
275 Borough High Street
London, SE1 1JE

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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.

Confirmed speakers include:

Sandie Ennis, Paediatric emergencies and red flags

Sandie Ennis qualified as an osteopath in 2009, followed by extensive postgraduate studies including cranial and classical osteopathy, SCCO pathway, women’s health and training in paediatrics at the foundation for paediatric osteopathy in London. She currently divides her time between private osteopathic practice, clinical tutoring, teaching individual and small group pilates, devising and delivering specialist education; lecturing, training and CPD workshops.

She completed her UK Pilates training and certification with Body Control Pilates (BCP) in 2000. BCP is one of the leading education providers for Pilates teacher training and the largest professional Pilates organisation outside the USA. She undertook advanced classical Pilates studies at Kane School of Core Integration in New York under the tutelage and mentorship of Kelly Kane, one of the most highly regarded and experienced Pilates educators and physical therapists in the USA.  More recently she completed somatic movement education training, which she now incorporates into functional and rehabilitation programmes.

Previously she was a school teacher and arts university lecturer with extensive experience in creating and delivering a broad range of education and training. Since 2000 this has been Pilates training, health education, and rehabilitation.  

Christine Le Maitre-The intervertebral disc as a source of pain

Prof Le Maitre completed her BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology with industrial experience from Manchester University in 2000, and her PhD also from Manchester University in 2003. Following a number of years as a postdoctoral scientist, Prof Le Maitre was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in 2008. She was promoted to Reader in 2014. Prof Le Maitre is an internationally renowned researcher investigating musculoskeletal disorders and novel therapies. She also researches natural agents as potential therapeutics for Leukaemia.

Neil O'Connell-Interpreting evidence of effectiveness in chronic pain

Neil O'Connell is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy in Brunel University, London, UK. He divides his time between research and teaching and previously worked extensively as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist. Neil's main research interests are chronic low back pain with a focus of evidence based practice and he has published extensively in this area.  Neil is a member of the editorial board of the Cochrane Collaboration's Pain, Palliative, and Supportive Care (PaPaS) group and is the senior commissioning editor for the pain science blog Body in Mind ( ). He was a member of the Guideline Development Group for the UK National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recent guideline for the management of low back pain and sciatica and an expert panel member for the NICE Quality Standards committee for this topic. He is currently a member of the Expert Advisers Panel for the NICE Centre for Guidelines.

Dr Iona Bramati -Visceral session

Dr Ioná Bramati-Castellarin graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in 2001 and for the past 16 years has been practicing in London at IBCcare. Ioná is a specialist with a doctorate on the effects of visceral osteopathy in autistic children suffering from gastrointestinal dysfunction. Ioná was awarded a PhD by the University of Westminster, London, a project that was approved for collaboration with King’s College Hospital, London, endorsed by the National Autistic Society and sponsored by BCOM via a grant from the British Naturopathic and Osteopathic Association. Ioná is committed to helping improve the quality of life and wellbeing of children on the autism spectrum using a non-invasive form of therapy, Visceral Osteopathy.

After graduating from BCOM, Ioná attended numerous post-graduate courses in visceral, cranial, and structural osteopathy. She is a former BCOM Clinic Tutor and Paediatric Lecturer, has worked at the specialist Osteopathic Centre for Children, London and has been a practitioner on call at St John and St Elizabeth’s Birth Unit, treating new-born babies and mothers post-labour.

Ioná is an international speaker at a large number of osteopathic colleges and conferences in the UK and Europe and was awarded the Elsevier/International Conference on Advances in Osteopathic Research New Researcher Prize at ICAOR 10 in Brazil for her research in treating autistic children with visceral osteopathic techniques.

Yinka Fabusuyi -Yoga session

Yinka Fabusuyi graduated from the BSO in 1992 and has been a practising osteopath since. From 2002-2005 she delivered workshops at Kings College Hospital medical school with fifth year medical students about the application of osteopathy in an NHS setting and how it fitted within the frame work of musculoskeletal care. In 2000 she completed my British Wheel of Yoga teacher training course. She has taught yoga to adults, children, antenatally and to young people with hearing impairment over the last 17 years. At present Yinka teaches 2 yoga classes per week. She is currently a clinic tutor at UCO, as well as a lecturer in communication and case history taking skills. Yinka has practised yoga for many years and has seen at first hand the benefits of regular movement and exercise for chronic pain. She is excited about having the opportunity to share her knowledge with others.

Peter Simpson
(Speaker and Chair on Saturday)

Peter has been a practicing osteopath since graduating from the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in 1989. In 2009, Peter became a clinical educator at the University College of Osteopathy (formerly the BSO). At UCO, Peter completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic and Clinical Education, a Post Graduate Master’s Degree in Osteopathy and was recently awarded the title of Senior Teaching Fellow by the UCO academic board in recognition of his contribution to the college. Peter’s interest in the management of patients with persistent pain led to his involvement with the OsteoMAP team in 2014. Peter, Soran David and Dr Hilary Abbey continue to run the OsteoMAP Persistent Pain Management Clinic at UCO treating patients with a combination of osteopathy, mindfulness and acceptance practice. Peter is the author of two published papers in the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (iJOM).

Gilly Woodhouse-Osteopathy- playing a bigger game

It was an organic journey that led Gilly to harness her passion for Osteopaths and business.  Having seen how important Osteopathy was in her son’s fight back to health but how little it was promoted, she was motivated to change this. She began by working online in order to be accessible to all and went on to create the Osteobiz Blueprint, which has helped Osteopaths the world over. Gilly has also built a huge global community in her Facebook group #OsteopathyWorks.

Rob McCoy- Clinical Methods

Rob qualified as a DO in 1988 at the UCO (then BSO), where his tutors included Walter McKone and Steve Sandler to name but two.

Since then he has updated his qualifications with a BSc(Hons) and MSc from BCOM, and has taught and examined at final year level at the majority of Osteopathic Educational Institutions. He also has a post-graduate certificate in teaching in the area of academic and clinical education.

He lectures at the University College of Osteopathy in anatomy, and is a senior tutor in the clinic. He has been a clinic tutor at the UCO for 19 years.

He also still works as a sole practitioner in Kent and so has a good understanding of the ‘real world’ experiences that we meet each day.


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.