Jim Ruddick received the prestigious Principal of the Year award at the Institute of Osteopathy’s annual conference on Saturday 21st October 2017. The Award is decided upon by a panel of osteopathic judges who consider all the nominations from around the UK, and look for qualities including commitment to practice development both of their staff and associates whilst offering the best possible treatment to patients. The judges were also looking for evidence that the award winner uses innovative ways to run their practice, and work with local communities and health professions, demonstrating excellence in the promotion of osteopathy and practice.
Jim is Principal at Summertown Clinic a family run practice in North Oxford, that was established by his parents David and Kerry in 1975. The clinic has itself been the recipient of several awards over the last few years not least the CAM Expo Clinic of the year award in 2014, and was “highly commended” for the iO’s “Practice of the Year” award last year. He leads a team of 28 practitioners (9 osteopaths), and 12 staff, who operate from the clinic seeing over 350 patients a week.
Jim was also recognised on the night for his role as a leader in the profession, as Chair person of the Oxfordshire Osteopathic Network, and Unit Leader at the UCO (Professional and Clinical Competence PT4/5), by Maurice Cheng the iO’s CEO in his speech presenting the award.
Nominated by his osteopathic associates, Jim was clearly surprised at not only being a finalist but winning the award on the night as well.
“I couldn’t believe it, it’s such a lovely feeling to be nominated by those you work with, but to win it is surreal” Jim said on the night.
The award was sponsored by Gilly Woodhouse of Osteobiz who said:
“I was delighted to work with Jim Ruddick a while ago and give him some ideas and strategies to build upon the already successful practice he had. Being a keen advocate of Osteopathic treatment, I was excited to sponsor this year’s Principal of the Year Award at the Institute of Osteopathy’s Gala Dinner. Sponsors have no input as to who wins their Award, so I was utterly delighted when Jim’s name was announced as winner! His parents established the thriving Summertown Clinic some 40 years ago and Jim took over from them around 9 years ago. They can be very proud of how Jim has maintained and improved upon their vision of a community health hub, which offers extremely high levels of expertise, primary healthcare and treatment of pain. “