Professional bodies

British Osteopathic Association (BOA)

The professional association representing osteopaths: information on the profession and how to find an osteopath.

General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)

The governing body of UK osteopaths: information on the profession and how to find an osteopath.

To find an Osteopath

Find an Osteopath

Free service helping patients to make an appointment with a local osteopath


GOsC’s database of registered osteopaths.

Osteopathic Appointment Line/Osteopath Network

The Osteopath Network is a large group of UK osteopaths who have helped to establish a website and appointment booking service. The site aims to explain the benefits of osteopathy to prospective patients; and to provide a free help-line service to answer the many questions patients may have about osteopaths and how to make the most of a consultation.

Government sources

Department of Health (DoH)

DoH aims to improve the quality and convenience of care provided by the NHS and social services.

NHS Direct

National Health Service direct helpline for advice (0845 4647) and online information source.


British Medical Journal (BMJ)

The independent journal of the British Medical Association.

European Pain Network (EPN)

An EU-wide network aiming to represent and actively support people with pain; to raise awareness of their needs and to campaign to improve their lives.

Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

An international, peer-reviewed journal that seeks to understand the sources and to encourage rigorous research in complementary and alternative medicine.

International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (IJOM)

A peer-reviewed journal research articles and review papers underpinning the principles and practice of osteopathic medicine.

National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR)

Established in 2003 in order to explore and assure the place that osteopathy has to play in healthcare.

Osteopathic Medicine and Primary Care

Osteopathic Medicine and Primary Care is a US-based open access, peer-reviewed online journal that encompasses all aspects of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynaecology. The journal also covers health service and public health research that addresses primary care issues.


A well established medical database, published by the US National Library of Medicine and offering search facilities.


The international, peer-reviewed, bi-weekly periodical of original articles in the field of the spine and spinal disorders.

The Lancet

One of the world's leading medical journals.

Colleges of Osteopathy and training organisations

British College of Osteopathic Medicine

British School of Osteopathy (BSO)

The BSO is the largest and oldest school of osteopathy in the UK, and was founded in 1917. The site provides information and a video.

Centre for the Professional Development of Osteopathy and Manual Therapy (CPDO)

Established in 1995 as a centre providing continuous professional training in the area of manual and physical therapy.

European School of Osteopathy

London College of Osteopathic Medicine

London School of Osteopathy

Oxford Brookes University

Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine

Self help and health education organisations

Arthritis Care

Provides information and support to help patients take control of arthritis, and undertakes campaigning for change.

Arthritis Research Campaign (ARC)

The Campaign raises funds to promote medical research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritic conditions; and to promote education and information about the condition.


Backcare is the charity for healthier backs (formerly the National Back Pain Association) and provides books, information, factsheets and articles.

BBC Health

News, articles and topical references relating to health and disease made available by the BBC.

British Medical Association (BMA)

The BMA is the independent trade union and professional association for doctors and medical students in the UK and overseas, and provides public and patient information.


A US source of comprehensive patient education materials in orthopaedic medicine.

Fibromyalgia Association UK (FMA UK)

FMA UK was established in order to provide information and support to sufferers and their families. In addition, the Association provides medical information for professionals and operates a national helpline.

Get Well UK

The organisation promotes complementary health care in the UK and aims itself to be the best supplier of complementary healthcare to the National Health Service. It also has a Relief Map on its website showing the availability of complementary health care in the UK.

GP Notebook

GPnotebook is an online encyclopaedia of medicine that provides a reference resource for clinicians in the UK and internationally.

Grays Anatomy

The classic 1918 publication Henry Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body is updated by a web publisher and provides nearly 1250 engravings and a subject index of anatomy and anatomical features.


MedicineNet is a network of U.S. doctors and allied health professionals working together to provide the public with current, comprehensive medical information, written in easy to understand language.

National Osteoporosis Society

The Society is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in the UK.

Patient UK

Patient UK aims to be a reliable and comprehensive source of health and disease information, mainly aimed at the UK general public, but of interest to all.

Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health

The Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health was founded in 1993 by HRH The Prince of Wales to promote integrated healthcare for all.


This website is designed to provide information for patients and medical professionals on shoulder and elbow disorders and injuries. Information is available on modern treatments, rehabilitation and expected surgical outcomes.


UpToDate is an independent US evidence based, peer reviewed information resource.

Other allied professions

British Acupuncture Council

The British Acupuncture Council is the UK's main regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture by over 2800 professionally qualified acupuncturists.

British Medical Acupuncture Society

BMAS is a registered charity established to encourage the use and scientific understanding of acupuncture within medicine for the public benefit. It seeks to enhance the education and training of suitably qualified practitioners, and to promote high standards of working practices in acupuncture.

Chartered Society of Physiotherapists

CSP is a member led organisation providing a wide range of member services and campaign on behalf of physiotherapists and the physiotherapy profession.

Pilates Foundation

The Pilates Foundation is an international organisation for Pilates teachers and training, and provides a list of accredited teachers.


Simplyhealth (HSA)

HSA, a major health care insurer, has now introduced a new affordable healthcare insurance package, in association with the British Osteopathic Association, providing osteopathic treatment.