Why join?

Membership of the Democratic Orthopathic Council demonstrates your commitment to the highest professional standards of education and practice. Admission to membership brings a number benefits:

Advice and Support
The DOC Education and Advice Team is composed of five individuals who have between them over 100 years of experience in the practise and teaching of physical therapy disciplines. Telephone lines are manned during office hours and members enquiries are also handled by email, and social media.

Communication and Information

  • Free subscription to the prestigious Orthopathy Today published every month and delivered electronically to members.
  • Instant Alerts about legislative, regulatory or rule changes affecting physical therapies
  • Research Updates delivered to members by email.

M.DOC stands for “Member of the Democratic Orthopathic Council” and is the most sort-after designation in Orthopathy. It defines a practitioner as having attained a level of training high enough to have been admitted into membership of the largest and most respected organisations for practitioners of physical therapy in the world. Members in good standing may use the designation M.DOC

Referral service
Free listing on DOC Register of Members for full UK and international practising members. The searchable of Register area is used by Commissioning bodies and the public.

NHS Patient Safety Criteria
DOC members are evidenced as being eligible for GRCCT registration and are then seen to meet NHS Patient Safety Criteria

The DOC represents its membership at the highest levels and on a wide range of bodies and groups in relation to the education, provision and regulation of physical therapies. These include as a guidance contributor to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), a number of Parliamentary Groups and as a lead body to the National Regulator – The General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies. (GRCCT)

DOC logo
As a full member the DOC Logo may be used on any documentation you produce including leaflets and business cards

Low cost advertising
Membership attracts discounted entry to various advertising media as well as reduced rates advertising rates for the prestigious ‘Orthopathy Today’ magazine. The most widely read publication in Orthopathy in the world today.

Shows, Seminars and Events
Membership attracts discounted entry to industry events and shows such as CAM EXPO, as well as discount on CPD courses and seminars


  • Free access to CPD course listings offered by DOC approved training providers
  • Recommendations for post-graduate and specialist skills courses
  • Discounts on courses are offered to DOC members by some education providers

Product and service discounts
Membership of DOC attracts discounts with a range of service and product suppliers including, website designers, financial services, publishers, and education resources

A comprehensive library of research materials is available via the DOC Education and Support Team together with advice on research methodology for individuals and groups considering their own projects.


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