About Us

Robert Thomas BA, BSc. (Hons) Ost., D.O, PGC HE, FHEA

Prior to studying osteopathy Robert graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1991 with a joint honours degree in Psychology and Philosophy. His interest in Clinical Psychology and a desire to help people to improve their health and well-being lead him into the field of osteopathy.

Robert graduated in 1998 from the world renowned European School of Osteopathy (ESO) in Maidstone, Kent. Having been a professional cricket coach and co-author of two books about teaching cricket he soon began teaching osteopathy. After four years as a tutor in the school clinic and lecturing both in the UK and in Europe he became the Head of the ESO Teaching Clinic in 2003.

After leaving the senior management post in 2010 Robert embarked upon a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education course at the University of Greenwich which focused heavily on course design and quality assurance procedures. Following the course he was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Later that year he became a Professional Reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). The QAA conduct reviews on Osteopathic Education Institutions (OEIs) in the United Kingdom for the profession’s regulatory body, the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

Now with widespread clinical and teaching experience Robert has progressed onto examining, examiner training and consultancy. Aside from five UK Institutions he has worked with a further nineteen osteopathic institutions internationally which has given him great insight into the scope of healthcare education in other countries. More recently he has been involved on a consultancy basis with The Molinari Institute of Health (MIH) and in 2012 became a founder faculty member of The Japan Traditional Osteopathic College (JTOC) and was privileged to lecture in Kobe, Japan in 2016. He was also invited to teach at The Atman School in Antibes, France (2015 -16) and to tutor students in their busy teaching clinic.

His continued interest in the development of the Osteopathic Profession has lead him to become a member of the Osteopathic Development Group (ODG) which develops new and emerging projects considered to be of benefit for the future welfare of the Profession.

His osteopathic approach is varied using a wide spectrum of techniques to address most problems acute or chronic. Using a variety of osteopathic approaches, both cranial and structural, he treats patients from babies to the elderly. He has a special interest in working with people with chronic and persistent pain as well as patients with trauma related neck and low back pain. Having been involved in sport at a high level Robert is also knowledgeable about most sports injuries especially those sustained playing cricket and golf.

Robert has worked in well-established practices in Maidstone, Bayswater, Marylebone and Harley Street but now works exclusively from the Hadlow Osteopathic Clinic and continues to teach and examine final year students at the ESO. Outside of Osteopathy, Robert enjoys watching cricket, primarily at Lord’s Cricket Ground and ferrying his two children around to their various sporting and extra-curricular activities.
Qualifications
  • BSc (Hons) Osteopathy (1998)
  • Diploma in Osteopathy (1998)
  • BA Joint Honours Psychology/ Philosophy (1991)
  • Post graduate Certificate in Higher Education (2012)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2012)

Experience
  • Practices worked in: Bayswater, Harley Street, Marylebone, Maidstone
  • Teaching: Senior Clinic Tutor at the European School of Osteopathy (Masters programme)
  • Teaching: International Postgraduate lecturer in the UK and Europe
  • PG Certificate in Higher Education (University of Greenwich 2011)
  • European School of Osteopathy (ESO) Head of Clinic (2003-2010)
  • Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Professional Reviewer

Special Interests
  • Structural and Cranial approach
  • Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) giving rise to neck and low back pain following car accidents, falls or other injuries of a traumatic origin. Regular referrals from Solicitors and Insurance companies.
  • Sports injuries in particular cricket and golf
  • Osteopathy for children and babies

Registration
  • General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) No. 3641
  • All major Private Health providers incl. BUPA, PPP, Simply Health, TICCS
  • CRB/DBS checked
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