The Institute of Osteopathy Awards Ceremony
by Joel Redman
Towards the tail end of 2015 several members from the Summertown Clinic team were cordially invited to the Institute of Osteopathy’s annual awards ceremony (The iO Awards), the osteopathic equivalent of the BAFTAS. The Institute of Osteopathy, in much the same way the British Medical Association works tirelessly to look after medics, is a nationwide body that unites osteopaths from all over the country and seeks to promote the profession on a broader scale. Whilst Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet had apparently been refused entry due to the no hats or trainers rule (black tie only), the chance to rub shoulders with some big names within the profession was an opportunity not to be missed.
Several awards were up for grabs with David Ruddick (Principle of the Year) and Joel Redman (Associate of The Year) being shortlisted as finalists in their respective categories. James Ruddick and Claire Cullen attended representing the Oxfordshire Osteopathic Network (Regional Group) who had also been shortlisted.
After a few words from the Chief Executive, Mr Maurice Cheng and when the lengthy dinner had ended, the awards and stress began. After a few tense moment the winners were announced with Joel Redman winning Associate of The Year, Oxfordshire Osteopathic Group winning Regional Group and David Ruddick coming a close runner up in Principle of The Year.
During an interview with Osteopathy Today, the institute’s national journal, Joel had these words to say about winning. “I’m absolutely over the moon to have won the award for associate of the year. I think to be nominated is a great honour and privilege, let alone to have won it. Needless to say I’m chuffed”. When asked what motivates him to come to work each day, That’s an easy one, patients, patients, patients and a stimulating challenge every day of the week”.
The judging panel comprised 8 eminent figures from the profession including the head of the British School of Osteopathy (BSO), The Head of the General Osteopathic Council (GOSC) and The Head of The Osteopathic Centre for Research (NCOR) to name but a few.
In addition to a hefty glass plaque currently taking pride of place in the reception area, Joel also won a year subscription to the Academy of Physical Medicine. An organisation dedicated to delivering world class professional development by leaders in their fields of healthcare. Make sure to keep an eye out for further blogs and upcoming information as Joel makes the most of this fantastic opportunity.
The focus for 2016 will be maintaining the high, award winning standards of practice and patient care set at the clinic. Allowing us to help improve your health naturally!