As a teaching clinic, consultations and treatments are carried out by senior students, under the guidance of Clinic Supervisors (who are all qualified, registered osteopaths). There will often be several students in the room with you, learning with their colleagues. Sometimes junior students are guided to feel (palpate) your muscles and joints; or carry out a specific movement or part of a treatment.
Students are encouraged to support patients by seeing them regularly (if that is what the patient needs). However it is not always possible for patients to see the student of their choice. If it is imperative for a patient to always be seen by the same practitioner, they will be facilitated in finding a suitable private practitioner locally.
If you are ever unhappy with the way you are treated, please let the student &/or tutor know as soon as you are able. This is very important in a learning environment. Equally, if you are pleased with a student’s approach or performance, we would like you to share that too!