Elevating Manual Therapy Standards in Scotland

Scotland’s Trusted Organisation for Quality Care, Education,  and Professionalism in Manual Therapies

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About

Welcome to the Scottish Manual Therapists Organisation

Established in 1992 and officially recognised by the Scottish Government, the Scottish Manual Therapists Organisation (SMTO) is the foremost and longest-standing association for soft tissue, massage, and manual therapy practitioners in Scotland. 

At the heart of our mission is a dedication to serving the interests of the general public, manual therapists, and the broader professional community. SMTO plays a pivotal role in fostering and promoting the highest levels of expertise within the field, contributing to the well-being of individuals across a range of diverse work environments.

Member Support

The solitary path of a therapist, particularly as you embark on your professional journey, can be daunting. Drawing upon our extensive years of experience, SMTO is ready to provide you with invaluable guidance on effectively manoeuvring through the intricate landscape of healthcare and clinical environments, whether you practice from a home-based setting, clinic, gym, or club. Rest assured, SMTO is your steadfast support system, every step of the way.

Solid Community

SMTO extends its support not only to aspiring student members embarking on their therapy careers but also to seasoned therapy professionals with years of experience and skill. SMTO functions as a cohesive network of therapists committed to mutual support, providing mentorship, expert guidance, and actively promoting continuous professional development (CPD) to meet the evolving demands of today's healthcare landscape.

Highest Standards

SMTO, along with other professional associations (PAs) and organisations related with the industry, collaborate with the General Council for Massage and Soft Tissue Therapies (GCMT). The GCMT is a UK voluntary not-for-profit inclusive forum who meet together to discuss and resolve industry issues. GCMT aims to actively contribute to the development and preservation of professional standards, increasing industry awareness across the UK.

Quick Start Resources

Experience Exceptional Manual Therapy Standards in Scotland

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SMTO Membership

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Member DIrectory

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Affiliated Schools

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Mission Statement

Elevating the Future of Manual Therapy Standards in Scotland

Our primary objective revolves around augmenting public protection by diligently ensuring that SMTO members uphold and consistently demonstrate adherence to professional standards, which include, at the very least, the National Occupational Standards (NOS) governing the practice of soft tissue, manual and massage therapy.

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Active Members And Growing

Join The Community

Join SMTO today and enjoy member benefits as well as a network of support that will enhance your clinical practice.

Scottish Standards

Health and education are devolved responsibilities in Scotland. SMTO was a leading light for therapists during the Covid-19 pandemic, helping them navigate Scotland’s guidance, policy and law. Qualifications also differ across the UK and SMTO can help you identify equivalent standards so you can work anywhere in the UK or abroad.

Annual Conference

SMTO’s annual conference helps you meet other members, network, learn and share ideas as well as gain continuing professional development (CPD) to enhance your clinical skills.

Member Discounts

With one of the most affordable organisation member fees across the UK, SMTO offers great value for money and offers a wealth of member discounts and affiliate schemes, so you can continue to learn without breaking the bank.

What our members are saying

Events

Upcoming Events

DON’T MISS THE SMTO ANNUAL CONFERENCE!

23/24

March
2024

2024 SMTO conference

What an AMAZING event!! Thanks to ALL those who attended. The SMTO Conference offers therapists an opportunity to learn new skills and enhance existing ones. 2024 brings a NEW style of conference, offering short workshop choices, building your CPD.

15/16

June
2024

Swedish massage SCQF level 7

Become a full qualified professional massage therapist who can work with sports persons, the elderly, pregnancy and any person looking to enhance their wellness. Includes Anatomy & Physiology. Delivered over 8 weekends.

31/01

Aug/Sep
2024

Swedish Massage SCQF Level 7

Become a full qualified professional massage therapist who can work with sports persons, the elderly, pregnancy and any person looking to enhance their wellness. Includes Anatomy & Physiology. Delivered over 8 weekends.

News & Learning

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F. A. Q

Frequently Asked Questions

SMTO has a non-discrimination policy. This means that we look objectively at how, when and where you trained, how you were assessed, and what you are trained in. We do have a minimum standard criteria. If for any reason you don’t yet meet these, we can help you achieve these goals resulting in full SMTO membership. Full details are in the ‘join’ page.

We have an annual subscription for membership that can be paid through your membership login, by completing our membership forms on this site, by bank transfer, or by contacting our admin office.

Yes, with one of the most affordable organisation membership fees across the UK, SMTO not only provides value for money, but offers a wealth of member discounts and affiliate schemes so you can continue to learn without breaking the bank!

Yes. SMTO has student memberships for those training with SQA Colleges in Scotland.

No. The Complementary and Integrated Health Profession across the UK is an unregulated profession. This means that it is entirely up to you if you wish to join any member association. However, SMTO can provide you with support throughout your therapy career from like-minded therapists. SMTO membership can also include your professional indemnity insurance making membership financially beneficial.

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) was set up in 2012 as a voluntary register for  unregulated Complementary Healthcare Professions across the UK. However, healthcare is a devolved responsibility and Scottish Government does not formally recognise the CNHC. It leaves that responsibility to the various Health Boards across Scotland. This means that it is your choice if you wish to join CNHC.

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