Senior Practice Educator and UCO alumna Yinka Fabusuyi has been awarded with the Institute of Osteopathy’s President’s Medal, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the osteopathic profession throughout her varied career.
The award recognises her dedication to championing the profession and person-centred care through her innovative work within the NHS which began in the mid 1990s, private practice and as an educator at the UCO. It also recognises her work promoting equality, diversity and inclusion within the profession, including her role as founding Chair of the UCO’s black community group and as a team member of the UrGent project (Underrepresented Groups’ Experiences in Osteopathic Training) supported by the Institute of Osteopathy (iO) and General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
Glynis Fox, iO President said of the award:
“Throughout Yinka’s varied and successful 30-year career, she has demonstrated a drive and commitment at a grassroots level to unite osteopaths from diverse backgrounds, promote wider access, equal opportunities, and inclusive and culturally appropriate osteopathic education and patient care. The iO Council felt that Yinka made for an inspirational role model for the profession, as we strive to be an inclusive, diverse and contemporary community of healthcare practice.”
Charles Hunt, UCO Vice-Chancellor says:
“Unsurprisingly we are very proud of Yinka at the UCO and I am delighted her varied work has been recognised by the profession. Her efforts to support all students going through our programmes and championing particularly underrepresented groups is helping to make the profession a more diverse one, which can only strengthen it.”
UCO colleagues, students and alumni have also shared their congratulations with Yinka.
UCO alumna Grace Newman commented:
“So very well deserved and lovely to see you recognised for your commitment, compassion and enthusiasm for the profession”.
2022 graduate and UCO Gold Medal winner Laura Forrest added:
“You are an inspiration. It is a privilege to have been taught by you. Congratulations!”
Yinka Fabusuyi graduated from the UCO (then BSO) in 1994. She worked as an osteopath within the NHS for 18 years and now runs her own practice. In 2000 she completed her yoga teaching diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga, and works with patients and trains other MSK professionals on the use of yoga to help manage low back and shoulder pain. She shares her knowledge and experience with osteopathy students in her role as senior practice educator and lecturer at the University College of Osteopathy.
The iO President’s Medal is determined by the iO Council for individuals who have made a significant, career-long contribution to the development of the profession. Previous winners have included Simeon Milton, Maurice Hills, Stephen Tyreman, Tim Walker, Stuart Korth and last year Professor Dawn Carnes.