The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) is internationally regarded as a leading specialist osteopathic education institution. BCOM was one of the first educational establishments to be accredited and meet the quality standards set by the profession’s governing body, the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
The college was established in 1936 by Stanley Lief, the renowned naturopathic osteopath who founded the Champneys spa. Over the years the college has become a sector leading institution in osteopathic teaching and research.
BCOM was the first UK Osteopathic Education Institution (OEI) to successfully validate and offer an osteopathic honours degree, and was the first to achieve a landmark “approval without conditions” QAA led RQ recognition from the General Osteopathic Council for two consecutive reviews.
BCOM’s well established osteopathic teaching clinic offers approximately 20,000 patient appointments each year. BCOM clinical students see on average 20% more than the recommended 50 new patients and our NHS contract allows our clinical students to see an array of patients and conditions. BCOM has a unique naturopathic approach to osteopathy focusing on more than diagnosing and treating the structural and mechanical problems of the body. BCOM’s ethos on treating patients encompasses looking at diet, lifestyle and mental well-being to restore the state of balance within the total bodily function.
The General Osteopathic Council and Quality Assurance Agency review for quality in osteopathic education awarded BCOM Recognised Qualification status "approval without conditions" for two consecutive reviews - a sector leading achievement.