Certificate in Paediatric Osteopathy

Certificate in Paediatric Osteopathy

The OCC’s new and innovative educational pathway is designed to enable osteopaths to nurture, develop and enhance their specialist skills in paediatrics. Founded on our well-respected Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy, this newly developed pathway now includes two stand-alone 1-year courses which can be used to either start your journey in paediatrics or to build upon a journey that has already begun.

The pathway is designed with the flexibility to enable a postgraduate osteopath to structure their own learning journey; either following the courses sequentially and achieving a DPO in 2 years or completing them over a longer period of time.

The OCC Certificate in Paediatric Osteopathy (CPO)

With this one-year course, osteopaths have the opportunity to spend a year developing their obstetric and paediatric clinical skills in the OCC clinic working collaboratively as part of the team. In addition to ongoing coaching and mentoring, there will be weekly tutorials and seminar weekends dedicated to developing osteopathic skills and treatment of the new-born up to the age of two. The course will include common presentations such as maternal & neonatal postural adaptations, mechanical assisted birth interventions & strains, plagiocephaly, maternal mental health & bonding, feeding issues, sleep, an appreciation of the developmental milestones and an introduction to the unwell child.

The CPO is designed to introduce the osteopath to concepts within paediatric osteopathy which underpin clinical work with the main focus being on common presentations within the 0–2 year age groups. The course will nurture an interest in paediatrics beyond the age ranges taught and, although the focus will be to consider the under 2s, within the clinic the osteopaths would be exposed to all patients, including older children, teenagers, pregnant women and postpartum mums.

The CPO will include:

  • 45 days in clinic (weekly attendance) caring for a range of paediatric patients, managing a personal patients’ list and working alongside skilled and experienced specialists.
  • Weekly tutorials including facilitated discussions and feedback focussed on your clinical cases.
  • Two seminar weekends: the first as an introductory weekend, prior to attendance in the clinic and the second approximately 2/3 of the way through the course to pick up on some of the more complex subjects.
  • The course includes assessments which are designed to give each osteopath individualised feedback to help progress their pathway in paediatrics. These include 2 Case Studies, 1 Written Exam Paper, Clinical Appraisals, Skills Log, Peer Observation and Feedback, Final Clinical ‘Observation Day’.

Prerequisite Certificate Level – Undergraduate qualification in Osteopathy (UK and equivalent non-UK qualifications), OCC Access Course in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field or equivalent SCTF accredited course

Fees – £4500.00

We do offer a payment plan to all osteopaths who wish to pay their tuition fees in instalments. The initial payment is required when accepting our offer/place on the course and the remaining instalments should be paid by direct debit (monthly basis collection from November 1st).


How to apply – Please click here for the Application form.

To apply for the November 2022 intake, please make sure you meet the course requirements and have two referees willing to provide a reference (please use this reference form).

For more details and to apply for the next CPO intake, please contact us on educationregistrar@occ.uk.com

Deadline for Applications: 7th of July 2022 

The OCC Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy (DPO)

For those keen to further deepen their paediatric knowledge, skills, and application, this one-year course will build on the foundations established in the first year and take students to DPO level. Students will be encouraged to debate, discuss & challenge their paediatric & osteopathic thinking in clinic and via seminar weekends, and will be expected to actively participate in the development and discussion with their first year “certificate level” cohort. Alongside another year working in the OCC clinic, students will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the embryology, anatomy & development of a child into puberty and cover topics including prematurity, behavioural issues, the seriously sick child, enuresis, immunity & vaccination, orthodontics, the development of gait & scoliosis, hormonal & skeletal changes and how these impact the growing child and teen.

Prerequisite Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy (DPO) Level – successful completion of certificate level or other relevant post graduate course with demonstration of appropriate osteopathic skills, knowledge, and supervised clinical experience.

Accreditation of prior post-graduate learning will enable applicants, who have completed other relevant courses, to accelerate their path through one or both OCC courses.

Both courses offer opportunities for osteopaths to fulfil aspects of their GOsC CPD requirements.

As a world recognised learning institution, both courses offer an exciting opportunity for any osteopath looking to learn more about paediatrics within the nurturing clinic environment that is the Osteopathic Centre for Children (OCC).

New intake: 2023 

Fees: TBC

For more details please contact us on educationregistrar@occ.uk.com