Following a formal signing at the Royal Society of Medicine on 31st January 2017, the Institute of Osteopathy is delighted to announce that they have now officially accepted stewardship of the Osteopathic Education Foundation. The charitable trust, renamed by the institute as the Osteopathic Foundation, will continue to use its resources to fund research, support education and further the advancement of osteopathy for the benefit of public health.
The former Osteopathic Education Foundation was founded in 1947 to financially assist in osteopathic education and research. Since the introduction of its loan scheme in 2001, the foundation has provided financial assistance to hundreds of students training to become osteopaths, lending in excess of £692,000.
The Institute of Osteopathy is a leading professional membership organisation that exists to unite, promote, develop and support the osteopathic profession. Originally founded as the British Osteopathic Association, the institute is proud to now represent over 70 percent of osteopaths in the United Kingdom.
Robin Lansman, President of the Institute of Osteopathy said ‘The signing of stewardship of the foundation marks a very significant event for osteopathic development in the UK. We are truly honoured that the trustees of the Osteopathic Education Foundation have chosen to place their trust in us. Through collaboration and a shared vision for the future, we are cementing the role of osteopathy in the promotion of public health.’
Miles Preston, Chairman of the former Osteopathic Education Foundation stated ‘This date marks an important milestone in the development of the profession. We see the institute as an independent voice for osteopathy and we have recognised and embraced the need to come together for the interests of common good. United we are best placed to meet the challenges of the future.’
Robin Lansman added ‘We are in the process of appointing a new board for the Osteopathic Foundation who will review how to best utilise the resources available and build upon the remarkable legacy of the foundation’s work. Moving forwards, we ask you to bear with us whilst we review information and update our policies and application criteria for funding.’
To find out further information about the Institute of Osteopathy and the Osteopathic Foundation, please visit www.osteopathy.org/the-io/the-osteopathic-foundation