Vision and Mission Statement

NCOR Mission:

To advance, facilitate and disseminate osteopathic and osteopathic relevant research, in order to promote practice that optimises patient care.

The achievement of this mission lie in strategic leadership, advocacy, advancing research capability and capacity, promoting research governance, information provision, promoting use of research to the profession via knowledge transfer and generating funding.

Strategic leadership

Advance and facilitate osteopathic research development in the UK, including developing a comprehensive and cohesive research strategy providing both direction and coordination of osteopathic research. This will focus the limited expertise and resources essential to deliver measurable progress in identified priority areas.

Continue to contribute to profession development
Collaborate with the Osteopathic Foundation for strategic targeting of funds
Convene meetings of the NCOR stakeholders to facilitate collaborations, share good practice, to generate new initiatives and ratify decisions. it aims.
Convene meetings with the management board of trustees to ensure adequate oversight of expenditure and activity.


Represent the profession on matters relating to the osteopathic evidence base and research development. Act on behalf of the profession, in a research context, to the media, the public and patients, policy-makers, the inter-professional research community, other health professions, and others (such as the United Kingdom (UK) Advertising Standards Authority, Care Quality Commission, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), etc.

Work with the iO, GOsC and others in representing osteopathic research interests to for example the ASA, NICE.
Provide research information to support the promotion and image of osteopathy in the media and the wider healthcare community
Promote osteopathic research, research priorities, and the work of NCOR within academic research networks, funding bodies, government departments, higher education institutions and other relevant healthcare bodies.
Promote osteopathic research and the work of NCOR among patient groups, practices, and charitable organisations.

Research capacity and capability

To provide a forum for the Osteopathic Educational Institutions (OEIs) through which to forge consistent standards in research governance, to share expertise, achieve economies of scale, and foster undergraduate and postgraduate research collaboration. To promote research capacity and scholarship in the wider profession.

Provide research advice and establish a training course for osteopathic researchers and research supervisors .
Liaise and network with international researchers and develop mechanisms for sharing international intelligence and expertise.
Continue and develop the role and operation of the research hubs.
Support osteopaths in clinical audit, using PROMs/PREMs to capture information about osteopathic practice and to disseminate the results.
Information provision
To provide osteopaths, the public and patients, healthcare professionals, and the research and academic community with a recognised, high quality and accessible resource of research-related information concerning the distinctive body of knowledge within osteopathic practice.
Maintain and further develop information on the NCOR website.
Provide website areas for patients, osteopaths, and other healthcare practitioners.
Encourage osteopaths and other relevant organisations to link their websites to NCOR.
Produce monthly NCOR e-bulletin and other regular updates for The Osteopath and Osteopathy Today.
Publish new research summaries and update current research summaries. Identify hierarchy of areas for new research summaries.
Use social media to disseminate research relevant to osteopaths.

Liaison and promotion

To improve awareness of osteopathic research development amongst osteopaths and the wider community. To establish links and build networks within the research fraternity, nationally and internationally, with a view to development through collaboration. To formulate and foster strategies for attracting funding for osteopathic research development.

Liaise and network with international researchers to promote NCOR and new initiatives, broker international relations.
Promote the use of the NCOR website, research summaries to osteopaths via communication channels of the NCOR stakeholder organisations.
Support and broker collaboration among osteopathic researchers.
Seek to identify any international opportunities for research collaboration.

Research Governance

To provide a research governance framework, disseminate and advise where appropriate standards for writing grant applications and clinical research governance.

Provide advisory and review service for those wishing to publish their research about minimum standards for publishing research in medical journals
Provide a research advisory service for osteopaths/educators/professional organisations considering applying for funding and undertaking research.

Knowledge Transfer

To foster and disseminate outputs from osteopathic audit, evaluation, and research activities via, for example, an annual research conference.

Organise research conferences and other events to help osteopaths understand the relevance and importance of research to their practice.
Promote the work of NCOR through other osteopathic events.
Identify ways in which research outputs can be used to support osteopaths’ CPD, e.g. online learning.
Further develop online forums to facilitate research dialogue among osteopaths.
Promote knowledge transfer into OEI curricula and faculty staff through regular stakeholder meetings.

Generation of funding

To formulate and foster strategies for attracting funding for osteopathic research development. Promote opportunities for obtaining funding within NCOR to continue with special projects funding.

Promote, guide, advise OEIs and other interested bodies in applying for funding.