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.
BCOM’s Recycling Achievement
Thank you to everyone who helps to make recycling at BCOM a success.
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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 Arthritis Research UK , 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.
“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
“A fantastic team from BCOM came along to provide massage support to the runners at the post-race party in the QEII which was gratefully appreciated by all the runners, including Pamela Relph, MBE 2 times Paralympic gold medal rower.
Each year BCOM are always professional, greet our runners with applause and make them feel comfortable and our runners look forward to the massage straight after they have finished – thank you to each and every student that supported us in 2017”.
Hannah, Events Fundraising Officer, Arthritis Research UK
“Bliss is delighted to have the support of BCOM students on marathon day to help aid our dedicated runners in their post-race recovery, ensuring we can give all our runners the care and attention they need after such a gruelling challenge.”
Frances Llewellin, Community and Events Manager, Bliss UK