As well as being a higher educational institution, BCOM is also a registered charity in England and Wales (312907).
BCOM not only provides graduate and postgraduate osteopathic education but also provides access to osteopathic care to the community and promotes research in osteopathy.
The Student Hardship Fund was introduced to provide support for BCOM students in times of financial hardship.
As part of its green agenda BCOM recycles all of its waste materials. All of BCOM’s mixed waste is recycled or goes towards creating energy. This means that BCOM sends zero waste to landfill sites.
To save energy: Recycling and reusing products uses less energy than creating products from raw materials.
To be environmentally friendly: Recycling helps prevent deforestation by reducing the number of trees and forests that are cut down.
To reduce landfill: Recycling diverts waste from landfill, which reduces the amount of methane and greenhouse gases that are released from landfill sites in to the atmosphere.
To be happy: A recent survey commissioned by Green Office Week shows that workers are happier if the companies they work for are greener.
Thank you to everyone who helps to make recycling at BCOM a success.
The British College of Osteopathic Medicine has a working partnership with the C4WS Homeless Project. BCOM clinic provides osteopathic care to C4WS Homeless Project guests.
C4WS Homeless Project was established in 2005 in Camden but twelve years later homelessness continues to rise with an estimated 2,569 people sleeping on the streets in England, and this number is an underestimation as it fails to count individuals who ‘sofa-surf’. 48% of C4WS Homeless Project guests are in the 18-25 year age bracket. The primary reason for homelessness for C4WS Homeless Project guests is simply a lack of money (36%).
A homeless audit in 2014 found that 73% of the homeless reported some form of physical problem with 22.1% reporting joints and muscular problems (this compares to 13.9% of the general population). An observational study in 2013 on chronic pain in the homeless suggested that 51.4% of the respondents reported pain in their lower limbs, 36.9% in the abdomen, back and pelvis. The study suggested that the homeless had higher levels of chronic pain compared to the general population for number of reasons. 41% of C4WS Homeless Project guests report physical health problems.
BCOM has over 80 years of teaching osteopathic and naturopathic students. The college provides a teaching clinic on site offering approximately 20,000 patient appointments a year. BCOM’s ethos is focusing on an individual’s overall health as well as the muscle or joint pain an individual may have.
BCOM tutors and clinical students provide osteopathic treatment to the C4WS Homeless Project guests on a fortnightly basis at the C4WS Homeless Project winter shelter. Further, C4WS Homeless Project guests are also be seen in the BCOM teaching clinic.
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Homeless link. The unhealthy state of homelessness: Health audit results 2014.http://www.homeless.org.uk/sites/default/files/site-attachments/The%20unhealthy%20state%20of%20homelessness%20FINAL.pdf (accessed 22 January 2016)
Each year a team of BCOM student volunteers provides post-race care to runners at the London Marathon for major UK charities including Versus Arthritis, Bliss UK and Breast Cancer Now.
BCOM’s teaching faculty has a wealth of experience in osteopathic sports care, and under the supervision of BCOM’s registered osteopaths the students administer care and treatment to runners after they have completed the marathon.
The event has always been a huge success and our students have continued to offer a high degree of professionalism, an excellent rapport with runners and a caring attitude.
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to BCOM for generously providing the charity with volunteer masseurs for the London Marathon again this year. Thank you also to Zain and all of the students who gave up their time on the day to come along!
All of the runners came back from their massage looking really refreshed. They were full of praise for the students, not only for sorting out their aching muscles, but for taking the time to listen to what they needed. The students also took the time to talk to the runners about how they were doing, and why they were running in aid of Versus Arthritis. You really looked after our supporters and made them feel really special. Many runners had such a positive experience at the post-race reception that they carried on fundraising after the marathon weekend! The total raised now stands at £173,000 and counting. Thank you!” Lizzie Wilson, Events Fundraising Officer at Versus Arthritis (London Marathon 2019)
“BCOM has supported our Marathon runners for many years now and we are extremely grateful for all they do to make the experience so special for our fundraisers – they really do make a huge difference.” Caroline Lee-Davey, Chief Executive of Bliss (London Marathon 2019)
“It was an absolute pleasure to have BCOM join Arthritis Research UK at the 2018 London Marathon post-race party. Our runners were so grateful for their massage after a gruelling hot day in London and it really makes a huge difference to their marathon experience.”
Hannah Alder, Events Fundraising Officer, Arthritis Research UK
“We are extremely grateful to the students from BCOM for offering post-race massages to all our runners at the London Marathon every year. After our runners’ hard work fundraising for premature and sick babies around the country – and their even harder work running 26.2 miles! – I know that they are hugely appreciative of their post-race massage.”
Caroline Lee-Davey, Chief Executive, Bliss UK
“BCOM’s students were fantastic and very thorough. They were professional and explained everything that was going on and exactly what the treatment was for - I’m really pleased!”
Duncan Macleod, ran the 2016 London Marathon for Arthritis Research UK