Osteopath Jobs NHS
After graduating as an Osteopath, you may choose to set up your own private clinic, work in the NHS or in provate healthcare and UK graduates also have lots of opportunities to practice abroad.
In the UK osteopathy is a primary healthcare profession with statutory recognition, and an allied health profession within the NHS. Osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and must be registered with the GOsC and undertake continuing professional development to practice legally.
If you have an Osteopath job in the NHS, you may choose to develop your career by taking on the management and leadership responsibilities. Opportunities for osteopaths to work in the NHS are growing.
Osteopathy is recognised by NHS England as an Allied Health Profession alongside Physiotherapists, which acknowledges the fact that Osteopaths are degree qualified, regulated practitioners.
In the NHS, the standard working week is around 37.5 hours. As an NHS osteopath, you are paid on the Agenda for Change (AFC) pay system, typically starting on band 5. (£24,907 p.a.) If you have an Osteopath Job with the NHS you will also have access to a pension scheme and health service discounts, as well as paid annual leave plus bank holidays.
However, an Osteopath with a job in the NHS can increase their salary by working in the private sector outside of their typical working hours often on a self-employed basis.
In the UK in Osteopath jobs outside of the NHS many Osteopaths work on a self employed basis. Therefore, the income for osteopath jobs can differ. The average charge rate for patients ranges from £40 and £50, for a 30 or 40-minute session. An initial consultation fee is around £50 on average for a 30-minute session, followed by around £40 for follow-up appointments and consultations. However, fees can vary on location and experience.