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:

Dr Julie Ellwood - Scoliosis, kyphosis and postural asymmetry in children, osteopathic diagnosis and treatment options

Dr Julie Ellwood is a fully qualified Registered Osteopath. She completed the five year honours degree programme from the College of Osteopaths in London in 2004. Since then, Julie has pursued her special interest in the care of children and babies by undertaking several post-graduate paediatric courses. Julie completed her Professional Doctorate in Osteopathy through the British School of Osteopathy in London in April 2016, and was the first student to be awarded DProf (Ost) status. Her research study was investigating the cause of unsettled infant behaviour with particular focus on postural asymmetry and was conducted under the supervision of Professor Alf Nicholson, paediatrician at the Childrens Hospital in Tallaght. The findings of this study have since been published in the peer reviewed European Journal of Pediatrics. Julie is also a co-author of the recent systematic review of paediatric osteopathy soon to be published in BMJ open.

Julie has an MSc in Applied Haematology and a Diploma in Biomedical Science and Sports Medicine. She is the mother of four children and established the Babybloom clinic for the multidisciplinary care of mother and baby in Strandhill on the wild atlantic coast of Ireland.

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.

Jonathan Edis - Still technique session

Jonathan Edis graduated from the University College of Osteopathy (UCO) 2001. From 2002, he has combined work in general osteopathic practice in south London with lecturing & clinical roles at the UCO.

In 2004, Jonathan visited the German Osteopathic College (DOK)’s annual osteopathic symposium in Bavaria, where he attended a three day workshop on Still Technique with Pierre Jean Bachand, a colleague of its creator, Richard Van Buskirk. After using it extensively in practice, he has been delivering lectures & courses on Still Technique in the UK & Italy since 2010. He has also delivered continuous professional development lectures on anatomy & structural osteopathic manipulative technique.

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.

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.

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).

Trevor Jeffries - (Clinical Methods and Chair on Sunday)

Trevor Jefferies (Experience Osteopath, GOsC ACP Assessor) has taught this material on the UCO's undergraduate and postgraduate courses for a number of years as well as being a Clinic Team Leader and running 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.