Hilary Abbey qualified as an Osteopath in 1979 and currently works full time at the UCO, where she is an Associate Professor and works as the Head of Research and as a Clinic Tutor.

She was also the Project Leader the Osteopathy, Mindfulness and Acceptance- based Programme (OsteoMAP) for patients with persistent musculoskeletal pain, and continues to manage this specialist community clinic service. She has a long-standing interest in psychological and social aspects of healthcare, developed through experiences of working in Africa and Asia, and she qualified as a counsellor in 2005. In 2015, Hilary was amongst the first cohort selected for the Osteopathic Leadership Programme, in collaboration with the OU.  She recently completed a Professional Doctorate involving the integration of psychological acceptance-based and mindfulness interventions into standard osteopathic assessment and treatment practices. She is currently collaborating in a qualitative clinical study exploring assessments of clinical competence. Her research interests include biopsychosocial models of healthcare, persistent pain management, relationships between embodiment, touch, body awareness and interoception, and the effects of integrating mindfulness and mindful movement practices with manual therapy.


Thomson, O., Abbey, H. (2017) Your paradigm or mine? Navigating the varied landscapes of osteopathic practice, research and education. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, Volume 24, June 2017, Pages 1-2

Carnes, D., Mars, T., Plunkett,  A., Nanke, L., Abbey, H. (2017). A mixed methods evaluation of a third wave cognitive behavioural therapy and osteopathic treatment programme for chronic pain in primary care (OsteoMAP). International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine

Nanke L. and Abbey H., (2015). A brief introduction to Mindfulness. The Osteopathy Today, July/August 2015, 47-48

Abbey, H. (2015). Multidisciplinary biopsychosocial rehabilitation for chronic low back pain: Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 18(3), 239-240

Abbey, H., Esteves, J. E., Vogel, S., & Tyreman, S. J. (2014). Assessing criticality in student research reports: Preliminary results from a new educational card sorting activity. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 17(1), 12–21.

Brunt, H., & Abbey, H. (2014). An audit of the accuracy of medication documentation in a United Kingdom osteopathic training clinic before and after an educational intervention. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 17(2), 102–109.

Abbey, H., & Nanke, L. (2014). Developing OsteoMAP: A new programme to expand the scope of care for patients with persistent pain. Bone & Joint Journal, 96-B:(SUPP 4) 44

Abbey, H., & Nanke, L. (2013). Developing a chronic pain self-management clinic at the British School of Osteopathy: Quantitative pilot study results. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 16(1), e11–e12.

Esteves, J. E., Wheatley, L., Mayall, C., & Abbey, H. (2013). Emotional processing and its relationship to chronic low back pain: Results from a case-control study. Manual Therapy, 18(6), 541–546.

Mars, T. S., & Abbey, H. (2010). Mindfulness meditation practise as a healthcare intervention: A systematic review. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 13(2), 56–66.

Abbey, H. (2008). Assessing clinical competence in osteopathic education: Analysis of outcomes of different assessment strategies at the British School of Osteopathy. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 11(4), 125–131.