Location: Hawkwood, STROUD
Duration: 3 days
Leader: Barbara Moulang
Frequency: Every 2 years
Eligibility: Completion of Module 2
Total CPD hours: 24 hours
A – Communication & patient partnership: A2, A3, A5, A6
B – Knowledge, skills & performance: B1, B3, B4, B5, B6
C – Safety & quality in practice: C1, C3, C4, C5, C6
D – Professionalism: D3, D4, D5, D6
Hawkwood College accommodation

Please be aware that accommodation at Hawkwood will be in shared rooms (single sex). Some single rooms are available on a first-come-first-served basis and will carry a supplement. Requesting a single room is not a guarantee that one will be provided.

Face jigsaw

On this 3-day course we will explore the exquisite workings and development of the facial mechanism, becoming wholly familiar with it by handling the ‘jigsaw’ of the facial bones and palpation of the living anatomy.

We will consider the relevance of healthy function of the facial mechanism to some frequently encountered problems in the physiology of the eyes, sinuses, speech, facial pain, dental occlusion and TMJ dysfunction. With individual tutorial support, this course offers a logical osteopathic approach and effective practical procedures which have proved to many to be indispensible in practice.

Course Content

  • Embryology of the face
  • Bony anatomy of the face
  • The eye, orbit and relation to the sphenoid and face, including clinical relevance.
  • How does the face adapt to patterns of motion in the neurocranium, and how this influences occlusion.
  • Anatomy and physiology of the nasal sinuses.
  • The anatomy and function of the mandible and TMJ and how to treat it.
  • The ear and the relationship of the eustachian tube to temporal and sphenoid bones.
  • The mouth, anatomy and function including sucking, swallowing, speech.
  • Common mal-occlusion problems will be discussed in an osteopathic context.

SCCO Course Providers: All SCCO courses are run by a resident Course Director, who is an Osteopath and a member of the SCCO Faculty. Pathway courses are delivered by SCCO Faculty and may be supported by guest speakers. Short courses are usually delivered by a visiting guest lecturer.  SCCO Faculty members all hold recognised osteopathic qualifications but may not be GOSC registered osteopaths.

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Forthcoming opportunities to take Module 8: The Functional Face



What our students say about Module 8: The Functional Face

“As usual the course was set to a high standard, the tutors very approachable and the food was amazing! It’s like going in a retreat!”
– Module 8, March 2020

“The stimulating learning environment; the tutors as well as the students. The environment; stunning and calming.”
– Module 8, March 2020

“Meeting friendly people and discussing different issues, feeling well looked after by the tutors, being able to try out things in a secure setting.”
– Module 8, March 2020

“As always, the course exceeded my expectations.”
– Module 8, March 2018

“World class tutors.”
– Module 7, March 2018

“Brilliant teaching supportive enriching environment.”
– Module 8, March 2018

“Support form some of the most calm and relaxed tutors, nothing phased them and their feedback was always considered and relevant.”
– Module 8, March 2018

“The support and guidance of the tutors was amazing as always without pressure or judgement. Incredible tutor knowledge. Learning new ways to focus on grounding.”
– Module 8, March 2018

CPD Scheme

CPD Scheme

How this course maps to the GOsC CPD Scheme

On completion of this course you should be able to:
To achieve the learning outcome you must demonstrate the ability to:
1 Describe the Embryology of the face, motion patterns, bony anatomy and its relevance to treatment. Articulate, analyse and interpret examination findings with reference to the face, the cranial base and the whole body in a practical setting offering an informed explanation of the functional significance of their findings. Demonstrate your working knowledge of living anatomy by accurate hand placement to influence and improve function of the region and the ability to communicate your treatment plan and process.
2 Demonstrate and articulate palpatory and therapeutic skills developing sensory skills with their patient interaction. Apply diagnostic/ interpretive osteopathic skills in a practical setting. To reflect-in-action during a therapeutic encounter using self correction modifying according to the patients’ tissues.
3 Understand consent and communication with the patient and health and safety responsibilities with intraoral work. Demonstrate a professional approach to the communication of consent, placing value on the patient- practitioner relationship and shared decision making processes.
4 Demonstrate application of knowledge, skills, experience to select, integrate and apply appropriate therapeutic techniques to meet the patients need. Provide osteopathic care for a diverse range of patients that is underpinned by an extensive range of cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills. Demonstrate an ability to interpret palpatory findings within a patients tissues in diagnosis and treatment and be guided by the needs of the tissues using centering and grounding refined psychomotor skills. Take full responsibility for managing all aspects of their care, centered on their needs as a person and your duty of care as a professional.
5 Use your knowledge, skills, experience and initiative to select, integrate and apply appropriate therapeutic techniques from a comprehensive range, in order to meet the patient’s treatment needs. Integrate new skills and knowledge into your osteopathic management. Select from a diverse range of therapeutic techniques in order to construct and implement a coherent treatment plan that responds to the patient’s specific needs. Competently provide effective osteopathic care within a chosen specialism. Reflect on the impact of your experiences on your development as an osteopath. Understanding the role of Osteopathic medicine in the context of the facial viscera and cranial nerves. Critically defend your decisions, backed by research-based evidence as appropriate.
6 Manage patients and monitor outcomes in a manner that is responsive to the complex and dynamic needs of the patient over time and ensures best care. Construct, implement and monitor osteopathic management plans for your patients and adapt them in response to clinical evidence and patient needs over time. To be able to reflect on your management with the patient and discuss the therapeutic changes treatment offers.
7 Confidently operate as an autonomous practitioner in complex health care settings, demonstrating mentoring and leadership skills. Critically reflect on your role and practice as an osteopath and your responsibility to your patients to provide the best patient-centred care possible.
Type of Learning Learning Activity NLH*
Scheduled Learning Hours Lectures 5
Practical classes 11
Workshop 5
Scheduled online activities
Guided Learning Directed reading & research 1
Reflective portfolio development
Peer assisted learning 2
Independent Learning Unguided reading from defined reading list
Assessment preparation (optional) (12)
Tutor defined project / Dissertation activity
Autonomous Learning Reading from non-specific sources
Reflection on clinical experiences
Placement Clinical observations

* Notional Learning Hours

OPS Theme OPS Mapping
1 2 3 4 5  6
Communication & Patient Partnership
Knowledge, Skill & Performance
Safety & Quality in Practice
CPD Standards
CPD activities are relevant to the full range of osteopathic practice See above mapping exercise
Objective activities have contributed to practice Peer review/Observation
Case-based discussion activity
Seek to ensure that CPD activities benefit patients Communication/Consent activity
Maintain CPD documentation Certificate of attendance/Overview document provided to student