My experience as a volunteer osteopath at CORE Clapton began in April 2018. I have recently finished the long registration process with the GOsC (General Osteopathic Council) and, intrigued by their project, I contacted Ben Thompson, a colleague of mine at BCOM (British College of Osteopathic Medicine), who, with great pleasure, introduced me to the initiative.
One day, I went to see what they were doing at CORE, and on that day I met Daniel Orchard, the founder of the initiative. A volcano of ideas, as well as an enthusiastic and passionate osteopath, Danny made it immediately clear how much the place was full of stimulus and possibilities for growth.
I immediately decided to join the team.
CORE’s motto is “making osteopathy accessible to everyone”. And since my first week in the clinic, I can tell that the community was really attracted by what we were doing. They were really surprised that we were offering such a high standard of healthcare service, still respecting people’s economic needs.
As regards to the clinical aspect, from the beginning I started seeing between 15 and 20 patients a week. I had my independence, but also the support of experienced osteopaths that I met weekly. It was very helpful to share treatment ideas, osteopathic reasoning and patient management with colleagues with significant experience. Every day, twice a day, we met for a team meeting, to discuss anything relevant to our profession, such as a particular clinical case, a scientific research paper, or a manipulative approach. Experienced colleagues have different backgrounds, which enhance different aspects of the learning process for the recently graduated osteopaths.
Another fundamental area, which is a work in progress at CORE is research. Considering the high potential of the place in terms of numbers of osteopathic treatments, another reason to be enthusiast about being part of the team is the development of research projects. There is a plethora of exciting ideas, and we are working on them every week.
Furthermore, CORE is not just about Osteopathy.
There are a wide range of activities that take place at CORE, all of them share the same concept of health, movement and affordability. You can find Yoga, Parents and Babies classes, Tai-Chi sessions and so on. As part of the team, it is encouraged that you take part when you can. Lunches at CORE are also a great bonus! We have an in-house chef that makes gourmet dishes for the staff (he’s a wedding caterer and hires their kitchen out) and it is very satisfying to have a nice lunch after a busy morning seeing patients.
In a nutshell, my volunteering experience at CORE is constantly gaining something day by day. I am gaining knowledge, experience, and the understanding of all of the behind the scenes of running a busy practice (I had no clue there were that many things to take care of). Is not easy managing such a large practice, but extremely rewarding for both practitioners and the community. Getting all of this in the first stages of my career is invaluable and I would not have realised this until I joined the team at CORE.
I would highly recommend coming along to see whether this might be helpful to your careers too.
Emanuele qualified from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2017. He works at Core Clapton every Tuesday and has a special interest in visceral osteopathic techniques.