Rule of the Artery Part 1

Location Hawkwood College, STROUD
Duration 3 days
Price £895 (non-residential [£845 Fellows/Members])
£995 (residential* [£945 Fellows/Members])
Entry criteria Module 2 (or equivalent/previous attendance abroad)
Next delivery: 29 September—1 October 2019

  • Would you like to include blood vessels in your care and management of your patients?
  • Do you consider the heart and circulation as important as the nervous system?
  • Have you considered that maybe changes to the vascular nutrition / build up of toxicity, pre-empt most pathologies at the cellular level?
  • Do you think that treating blood vessels directly, not indirectly would be highly beneficial? 

If you answer yes to any of these questions, then the Rule of the Artery (ROA) course is a 'must' for you. Many of the students at our previous UK ROA courses have found it to be a total 'game changer' in how they think and work osteopathically! The ROA courses were developed by Maxwell Fraval and Anthony Norrie who were students at the BSO and ESO before emigrating to Australia and New Zealand.

Anthony Norrie has been travelling the world teaching these courses so we are very fortunate to be able to offer it here locally in the UK. 

There are three Rule of the Artery courses - Parts 1, 2 and 3; so completion of this course will entitle you to progress to ROA 2.

We look forward to seeing you on this significant step forward in your osteopathic development.

* Residential accommodation at Hawkwood is in shared rooms, a limited number of singles are available at a supplement and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Osteopathic Practice Standards & CPD

Learning Outcomes & Assessment Criteria
On completion of this course you should be able to:
To achieve the learning outcome you must demonstrate the ability to:
1 Integration of new skills and knowledge into your osteopathic management of your patients. Competently provide effective osteopathic care and recognize when working with the circulatory system will benefit your patients. Reflect on the impact of your experiences on your development as an osteopath.
2 Use your knowledge, skills, experience and initiative to select, integrate and apply appropriate therapeutic techniques from a comprehensive range, to meet the patient’s treatment needs. Select from a diverse range of therapeutic techniques including those acting directly on the circulatory system tissues 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 / anatomical and physiological knowledge as appropriate.
3 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.
4 Palpate healthy blood flow in major blood vessels, and be able to identify areas of stasis or turbulence within arterial and venous flood flow. Differentiate the unique tissue qualities of arterial, venous blood and lymphatic flows, and recognize when flow is healthy or restricted.
Student Learning
Type of LearningLearning ActivityNLH*
Scheduled Learning Hours Lectures 10
Practical classes 8
Discussion sessions 1
Scheduled online activities  
Guided Learning  Pre-course reading & preparation 2
Reflective portfolio development  
Peer assisted learning  
Independent Learning Unguided reading from defined reading list   
Assessment preparation  
Tutor defined project / Dissertation activity  
Autonomous Learning Reading from non-specific sources  
Reflection on clinical experiences 3
Placement Clinical observations  

* Notional Learning Hours

CPD Requirements: Mapping to the OPS
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