The college offers interactive small group learning in the most intensive osteopathic course in the world that exclusively teaches osteopathy to postgraduate doctors. For this reason its graduates have come from Ireland, Germany, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Greece, Australia, New Zeal and, Korea, India, the Caribbean, Kazakhstan and the USA as well as the United Kingdom.
Some choose to work postgraduate exclusively in osteopathy, but the majority continue to work within medicine, integrating osteopathy into the medicine. Of these we include consultants in pain management and orthopaedics, GPs and sports doctors with national squads and professional teams, as well as lecturers in teaching hospitals.
So, as well as providing a course that leads to registration with the UK’s General Osteopathic Council, (GOsC) who regulate the course, along with the Quality Assurance Agency, it also gives students access to practitioners who share their specialist interests and can demonstrate how their osteopathic training informs and develops their daily work. These LCOM graduates including Faculty are a readily available resource for coaching in career development.
Every five years the college is reviewed by the GOsC through the Quality Assurance Agency and the reports of these are available at Quality Assurance Agency and GOsC websites. This review provides the college with Recognised Qualification status as an Osteopathic Educational Institute enabling successful graduates to register with the General Osteopathic Council and use the title “Osteopath” if they wish.
The next review is November 2018, and the college will receive informal information about the review by the end of 2018. The formal process will be only completed by June 2019, this has to be ratified by the Privy Council, a body which as part of its functions oversees national regulators. At the time of processing applications in January 2019 the college will have sufficient information for potential student about the outcome of the Review.
Office for Students is a new regulator of higher education in England which comes into force late in 2019. The General Osteopathic Council and Quality Assurance Agency will still be involved in the college’s regulation once the Office for Students regulator comes into force. The Office for Students regulator fees are as yet not decided, but decision is due in August 2018, but may result in higher student fees for non UK students as a result.