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Frequently Asked Questions - page 3
How do I know if an osteopath is registered?
All osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. You can use their online Register to check if your health professional is currently registered.
Can anyone call themself an osteopath?
The title 'osteopath' is protected by law, and only those included on the UK Statutory Register are entitled to practise as osteopaths. Unregistered practice is a criminal offence in the UK.
Can I find out how long an osteopath has been practising?
The date an osteopath was first registered with the General Osteopathic Council can be seen in the 'Practitioner Details' on their Register.
What training do osteopaths have?
Undergraduate students follow a four or five-year degree course combining academic and clinical work. Qualification generally takes the form of a bachelor’s degree in osteopathy – a BSc(Hons), BOst or BOstMed – or a masters degree in osteopathy (MOst). Many osteopaths continue their studies after graduating.
Osteopaths are required to update their training throughout their working lives. They must complete at least 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development per year.