Eligibility: Module 2, M2 equivalent, or ROA1 abroad
Location: Hawkwood, STROUD
Price: £895 (non-res) £995 (res)
Duration: 3 days (in-person course)
CPD: 31 hours
Frequency: Every 2 years
Leader: Liz Hayden
Total CPD: 31 hours
A – Communication & patient partnership: A2, A3, A4
B – Knowledge, skills & performance: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5
C – Safety & quality in practice: C1, C2, C3, C4, C5
D – Professionalism: D2, D3, D4, D5

“In the year 1874, I proclaimed that a disturbed artery marked the beginning to an hour and a minute when disease began to sow its seeds of destruction in the human body.”

– Andrew Taylor Still

This completely new course will introduce you to the world of the circulation and the dynamic potency for health delivered by the blood. You will palpate blood flow inside blood vessels, begin exploring the many different qualities of blood in health and disease, and experience the extraordinary changes to whole body health that result from supporting the circulation.

Engaging the therapeutic potency of the blood can enhance treatment response in any area of the body including the spine and joints, and will be directly relevant to your existing clinical practice as well as helping you to work more holistically with patients with complex health challenges.

The course will use a blended learning format to create a supported learning journey over a longer time frame than an intense 3 day course, and help concepts learned to be integrated into clinical practice: as follows:

  • Pre-course: 3 hours of online lectures
  • Course: 3 day in-person course
  • Post-course: Two follow-up Zoom tutorials and online learning resources

Course topics include:

  • Overview of the circulation
  • Embryology of the circulation
  • Blood as an organ
  • Dynamics of blood flow
  • Vascular endothelium
  • Introducing the heart
  • Role of the lungs
  • Circulation as therapeutic interface
  • Lymphatics
  • Cerebral circulation
  • Vascular influence on the spine

This course replaces The Rule of the Artery course. We anticipate that the second part of this course, ‘Exploring the Heart’, will be run in 2024.

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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What our students say about the previous course, Rule of the Artery: Part 1

“Interesting and thought provoking theory technique applicable to practice. Inspiring information from all tutors.”

“The course added a new dimension to my approach to treatment I found the lectures incredibly interesting and learnt a lot of new facts.”

“Tutoring was excellent, attentive and careful without pressurising students. Great lectures and media presentation. Beautiful venue, great food.”

“Lecture content highly relevant to practice, workshop built on lecture content in step wise manner [and] the whole has proved relevant to enhanced practice skills.”

“The teachers had great knowledge and experience and the desire to share it in a comprehensible way. I felt supported, inspired and safe. The theory and practice of this refined art is one of the most magical concepts that I have ever encountered. The venue is a beautifully tranquil place for a learning environment.”

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 Assess the health of the circulatory system in your patient from an osteopathic perspective. This includes both local circulation and throughout the whole body. Assess and describe the unique qualities of arterial and venous blood, capillary exchange and lymphatic flow, in different health states.
Assess the health and function of the whole circulatory system and identify areas of disturbance.
Evaluate the effect of disturbances in the flow of blood locally and on the circulation as a whole.
Recognise the quality and feel of venous stasis, and demonstrate approaches to improve venous return back to the heart from the whole body.
Use the blood and vasculature to initiate therapeutic change in a wide variety of areas of the body.
2 Make a reasoned osteopathic evaluation and diagnosis of how disturbances to the circulatory system may be  contributing to the health state of your patient. Communicate your evaluation and diagnosis of the circulatory system clearly to your patient, including how it contributes to their general health state, so that they are able to make informed decisions about their care.
3 Use your palpation, experience and initiative to select, integrate and apply appropriate osteopathic approaches to treatment of the circulation from a comprehensive range, in order to meet the patient’s treatment needs. Select from a diverse range of osteopathic approaches relating to the circulatory system in order to construct and implement a coherent treatment plan that responds to the patient’s specific needs; Critically defend your decisions, backed by research-based evidence as appropriate.
4 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.
5 Study independently and use self-reflection to develop and manage a strategy for continuing professional development that identifies and addresses your ongoing learning needs. Reflect on your practice and plan your future professional development in both general and specialist settings, drawing on your clinic portfolio and relevant literature.
Type of Learning Learning Activity NLH*
Scheduled Learning Hours Lectures 5.5
Practical sessions (incl. group feedback/critical discussion) 11.5
Group discussion (small/large group) 9
Guided Learning
Independent Learning Pre-course lectures and study 3
Autonomous Learning Reflection on clinical experience (post-course tutorials) 2

* Notional Learning Hours

OPS Theme OPS Mapping

1 2 3 4 5
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