FAIMMS is part of the Society for Osteopathic Healthcare, but operates as a stand along organisation within that Community Interest Company.
FAIMMS is thus a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping practitioners using osteopathic principles in practice. Membership of FAIMMS can be independent of the SOHC membership category.
FAIMMS has been established to be a voluntary self regulatory body to provide a register of members who are Independent Practitioners, who are not registered as osteopaths with a Statutory Regulatory Body for Osteopaths.
Our members hold primary qualifications in Osteopathy, and are drawn from around the world. They range from new practitioners to those who have been in practice for many years, and seek to develop the application of osteopathic principles of care. Full membership of the register is provided for UK practitioners, and associate membership is provided for international members.
The practice of osteopathy around the globe is widespread, and many countries now have statutory regulation in place. In such instances regulation sets frameworks for practice places boundaries to the nature of care delivery. The standards of care thereby identified for regulated osteopaths may drive a professional identity that our members find does not represent their professional practice needs or healthcare identity.
To serve this need a different community of practice has been established that is to support those practitioners who have trained in osteopathy to have a different regulatory framework that does meet their needs whilst still providing public protection as well as education.
To this end, FAIMMS – the Functional and Integrative Manual Medicine Society – has been established.
Members recognise that the title ‘Osteopath’ is now protected in many countries and so have chosen not to use ‘osteopath’ but to identify themselves as ‘functional and integrative manual medicine’ practitioners (or similar descriptors). Members bring together their manual and hands on approaches to care, centered around the application of osteopathic principles and can include a variety of functional and integrative manual medicine approaches.
As a professional body we seek to support our members with a range of services, including advice, networking, CPD and initiatives designed to enhance and further the application of osteopathic principles in practice.
We aim to work with and alongside, wherever possible, National Bodies and Regulatory Boards, and other Organisations, International groups, Forums and research structures that are concerned with the regulation of healthcare practice.
Our mission is to focus on developing and supporting collaborative efforts to unify and communicate matters of interest regarding standards of practice, education and evidence informed practice with respect to the application of osteopathic principles as well as functional and integrative manual medicine modes of practice.