About LCOM & OAC

The London College of Osteopathic Medicine (LCOM) is the teaching arm of the Osteopathic Trust and the Osteopathic Association Clinic (OAC) is the clinics arm.

Osteopathic Trusts is a charity (Charity No 31375) formed in 1937 by a group of American Osteopaths to teach osteopathy to registered medical practitioners in the UK and thus to provide osteopathic treatment at the lowest cost to the local community.

So LCOM and OAC are closely linked. The Clinics attract a steady flow of patients who seek relief from a wide variety of musculo-skeletal aches and pains. They can see qualified practitioners or training osteopaths. The College provides training osteopaths who are supervised by qualified tutors The trainees benefit from the practical opportunity to rehearse their new skills, learnt over a period of a year and a half in weekly techniques tutorials.

Patients, trainees and tutors as well as our reception staff all share in the learning experience that is created between the College and the Clinics. This creates a supportive environment and an atmosphere of community.

Graduates of LCOM return to the College for regular postgraduate meetings and some continue to work in the Clinics as qualified practitioners. Others rejoin as supervising Tutors.

Research is undertaken as well, most recently in the treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome.

Our history

  • In 1927 the Osteopathic Association Clinic in Boston Place was established by members of the British Osteopathic Association, itself created in 1911 as the professional association of osteopaths arriving from the USA less than 20 years after the profession was founded. Initially in Westminster, the Clinic later moved to Dorset Square with clinic facilities in the adjacent Boston Place. The purpose of the Clinic was, and continues to be, to offer osteopathic treatment to the impecunious of London and it was staffed by doctors of osteopathy recently arrived from the USA. Prior to the Second World War all members of the BOA were graduates from the American osteopathic schools.

  • In 1946 the London College of Osteopathy was founded to provide a post-graduate course in osteopathy for medical practitioners who would then be eligible to be members of the BOA. In 1978 the name of the college changed to the London College of Osteopathic Medicine. Although the non-medical osteopathic educational institutions have offered tuition to medically qualified doctors, the LCOM is unique world-wide in being specifically dedicated to this purpose.

  • The course at LCOM is currently regulated by the General Osteopathic Council. The Quality Assurance Agency, which assesses many post-graduate institutions in the UK, manages this process.

    In 1998, with the onset of statutory recognition and regulation, the major professional associations of osteopaths in the UK came together under the title British Osteopathic Association. The Members of the London College of Osteopathic Medicine also set up a post-graduate organisation, the Association for Medical Osteopathy, to support career development and ongoing education of medical practitioners in osteopathy.

  • The Patrons
    LCOM owes its continuing success to Osteopathic Trusts, a registered charity (No. 313751) that was established in 1936 and owns the College and Clinic premises. By regular subsidies it ensures that College fees do not become an obstacle to the education of medical practitioners in osteopathy, and also allows the Clinic to treat those of reduced means at low cost.

Our staff

Brian McKenna

Brian McKenna - Director

Dr Ghulam Adel

Dr Ghulam Adel - Clinic Director

Tracy Davies

Tracy Davies - Deputy Course Director

Dr Denise Forth

Dr Denise Forth

Dr Rod MacDonald

Dr Rod MacDonald

Sonia Gogia

Ms Sonia Gogia

Dr Nick Straiton

Dr Nick Straiton

Mr Mark Andrews

Mr Mark Andrews

Anna Sims

Ms Anna Sims

Susie Tanner

Ms Susie Tanner

Rachel Pereira

Ms Rachel Pereira

Graduate Testimonials

“... When I attended LCOM there were 8 students and a lot of very motivated teachers. Not only did I learn manual medicine but also history taking, SWOT analysis, coming close to a patient etc. The impact of the College was and is still great. I still practice osteopathy every working day back in my own country and keep in contact with the friends I made there ...”

“... A stimulating & friendly course with a good tutor/student ratio. As a former GP I have loved the change in emphasis, using my hands much more to explore the cause of the problem & to treat. Often patients feel the benefits before leaving the consultation room. How often do we get that in medicine? ...”

“... Qualifying at LCOM was the best thing I’ve done for patients since becoming a doctor in 1990. I now see about 50 musculoskeletal patients a week as a GP in the NHS, and treating them osteopathically there and then is fantastic. There’s no doubt that osteopathy works and works well ...”

“... My perfect answer to GP burnout; this course transformed my professional life and gave me the fulfillment I still enjoy today from practice. It gives you the method to diagnose those difficult pains, and treat them positively and effectively. ...”