OsteoScout is a new website being developed exclusively for osteopaths practising in the UK. To gain early access to OsteoScout, you will need to be:

  • A clinically practising osteopath registered in the UK with the General Osteopathic Council.
  • Working mainly or exclusively with non-NHS patients.

You will also need access to an internet-connected device such as a computer or smartphone that is capable of displaying websites.

If all of the above apply to you, then you are invited to participate in our latest research which will give you access to OsteoScout. Reflective notes that you make during the study can be eligible as part of your Continual Professional Development (CPD).

Email Austin Plunkett at a.plunkett@qmul.ac.uk to request further information and to participate.

Further details:

What is the purpose of the study and what would taking part involve?

The purpose of the study is to develop software for osteopaths to use. The software will automatically find research papers that may be of interest to osteopaths. During the study, participating osteopaths will have access to the software, and will be interviewed to find out how they use it. This feedback will allow us to improve the software for future users. It will also help us understand what information osteopaths find useful in their clinical practice, and how they make those decisions.

If you participate, you will be invited to one or more interviews over the course of approximately three months. You will be invited to up to three interviews, although you are under no obligation to participate in all or any of them. Each interview will last a varying amount of time, although we will aim to keep them under an hour long each.

You will be asked to invite a colleague to join you for the interviews. This can be the ‘peer reviewer’ you have identified for your Continuous Professional Development. If you have not yet identified a peer reviewer this study will be an opportunity to start that process. Interviews will be scheduled for a time and date that is convenient for you and your colleague.

Do I have to take part?

No, participation is entirely voluntary.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

You will gain access to a new piece of software made specifically for osteopaths. The software will display brief summaries of research that may be useful for your clinical practice. You may find the information from the software thought-provoking and useful in conducting CPD activities including reflective practice and feedback through conversations with colleagues both online and in person.

Full details are available on request by email a.plunkett@qmul.ac.uk