Based on feedback from the initial research, the ODG decided to begin by developing a framework for osteopaths who work with children. In our surveys, patients said that accreditation was particularly important in relation to the treatment of children, and 26% of osteopaths declared an interest in this area. The ODG’s intention is to develop a similar framework for other areas of practice over time.
The project team has been working with a team of consultants and the four UK colleges that offer formal post-registration training in the osteopathic care of children; the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy, Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy and the University College of Osteopathy (formerly BSO). A competence framework for osteopaths who work with children, and a draft scheme for accrediting those with expertise in this area have been produced. The ODG will be consulting on these draft plans early in 2018.