Osteopathic Medicine

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The International College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) at Nescot is the only accredited UK provider of osteopathic education within a further education college. We have almost twenty years of experience in helping our learners to achieve their goals.

Osteopathy is an established, state regulated system of diagnosis and treatment which attends to the structural integrity of the body. It recognises that pain and disability are caused as much by poor function of body structure as damage from disease and trauma.

ICOM currently offers both a full time Bachelor of Osteopathic Medicine (B.Ost) and Integrated Masters (M.Ost) validated by Kingston University.

Our staff

You will find our teaching team knowledgeable, very experienced, energetic, challenging, but fun to learn from. All of our tutors hold professional teaching qualifications and have a wealth of educational experience in getting the best out of our students.

We believe it is important to give you exposure to a wide range of approaches to osteopathy and this is reflected in our diverse teaching team who are graduates from the different osteopathic teaching institutions. We are proud of our roots in ‘Classical’ osteopathy and this approach continues to influence our curriculum. Providing this breadth as well as depth of knowledge will give you an unparalleled understanding of the profession you are entering, as well as the skills and ethics essential for safe, competent practice. With the added support of Nescot’s services and facilities, you could not ask for a better start to your osteopathic career.

Carrie McEwan - Head of Osteopathy

Carrie graduated as an osteopath in 2006 with a BSc in Osteopathic Medicine from the Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine, after completing her degree Carrie undertook a diploma in the treatment and management of injury whilst working as an Osteopath in semi-professional football. From 2008 she became involved in Education and has subsequently completed a diploma in teaching in the life-long learning sector and an MSc in Healthcare Education and clinical leadership as well as the Osteopathic development group leadership programme. She is now the Head of Osteopathy and responsible for the oversight of all Osteopathic provision delivered at ICOM NESCOT as well as clinic tutoring and teaching research and osteopathic technique. Her main areas of interest are research skills, evidence based practice and sports injury rehabilitation.

Marcus Walia

Marcus Walia qualified as an osteopath in 2003, from the College of Osteopaths. Since qualifying, he has worked in private practice in the Surrey area in a number of environments including health clubs, corporate healthcare and multi-disciplinary practices. Marcus has worked in osteopathic education since 2006 in a variety of roles that include clinic tutoring, lecturing, dissertation supervision and course management. Marcus’ particular area of clinical expertise and passion is in integrating ‘hands-on’ treatment with movement based rehabilitation to facilitate a quick recovery and return to activity. Marcus’ post-graduate qualifications include movement assessment and retraining and medical acupuncture. He is currently completing an MSc in Sports Rehabilitation.

David Lintonbon

David Lintonbon qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 1985 and the University of Brighton where he gained the Post Graduate Certificate of Clinical Education. He has been teaching manipulative skills to practitioners of manual medicine for over twenty years in the UK, Europe South Africa and Japan.

Kahlil Somauroo

Kahlil Somauroo is a graduate of Nescot who specialises in teaching academic skills, research methodology, and statistics. Before becoming an Osteopath he studied law at Oxford, worked in film production, lived in an Ashram in India, and trained in Kung Fu in China. Kahlil is a firm believer in the model of evidence based practice in which clinical experience, patient preference, and research evidence are given equal importance.

Sue Smith

Sue Smith qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 1981 with a Diploma in Osteopathy. From 1981 to 1994 she worked as an associate osteopath in practices based in Surrey and West Sussex gaining experience in the treatment and management of a wide range of conditions including pregnancy and age related problems, and sports injuries. In 1985 she set up her own practice in Surrey where she continues to see patients of all ages. Sue has attended CPD courses in a range of topics including electrotherapy, paediatrics and medical acupuncture. In 2016 she completed a course entitled ‘Developing your leadership style’ run by the Osteopathic Development Group and the Open University. Sue joined the osteopathy department at NESCOT in 2008 as a clinic tutor and lecturer completing the City and Guilds PTTLS teaching qualification in 2010 and the DTTLS qualification in 2013. In 2011 she completed the Sutherland Cranial College’s ‘Faculty Development Workshop for Module 1 Introduction to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field’.

Our facilities

Third and fourth year students treat fee-paying patients in our fully equipped osteopathy clinic as part of their clinical training.
Students in the lower years are also permitted to observe within the clinics, as we understand your desire to be involved with the treatment of patients as soon as possible. The clinics are staffed by highly qualified and experienced tutors who will supervise you in assessing clients and treating patients. The clinics provide a full range of osteopathic treatments and you will encounter patients of all ages and lifestyles. You will also gain experience in patient management, taking case histories and diagnosis.

Your career

Once you qualify with us you will be able to register with the General Osteopathic Council and work as an independent practitioner, contractually within the NHS or even overseas.








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