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Hugh Corley was the only pupil of John McTimoney who had a Doctor of Chiropractic signed by John McTimoney.

Hugh founded the Witney School of Chiropractic in 1984 starting with two students. Bobbie Nicholson joined the school in February 1985 and soon she became the only student, the two others having dropped out. Tutorials moved to Bobbie’s house and therefore 16 Tower Hill became the Witney School of Chiropractic for the next few years.

Nazir Kasar joined in September 1985, followed by Shelagh James-Hudson in February 1986. They had both began their training at the McTimoney School some years before.

By 1998, Bobbie, Nazir and Shelagh had qualified as Doctors of Chiropractic and set up a partnership with Hugh to run the School, forming the British Association for Applied Chiropractic (BAAC). Other students followed, therefore larger accommodation was found at Peers School, Littlemore, Oxfordshire, before a final move to Dorset House, Brookes University, Oxford.

The Oxford College of Chiropractic was formerly known as the Witney School of Chiropractic – so the abbreviations WSC or OCC may be found after a graduate’s qualification.

Qualifications obtained there were:

  • Licensed Chiropractor (LC)
  • Diploma in Chiropractic (DC)
  • Bachelor of Science Degree from Oxford Brookes University (BSc Chiropractic – OBU)

The professional body to which these graduates belonged, either as Fellows (F) or Members (M), was the British Association for Applied Chiropractic (BAAC).

The Oxford College of Chiropractic has now closed. The Oxford College of Equine Physical Therapy (OCEPT) was formerly known as the Oxford College of Chiropractic animal course.

Qualifications now obtained there are:

  • Diploma in McTimoney-Corley Animal Manipulation – Dip. MCAM (OCEPT)

The British Association for Applied Chiropractic was created in 1986 and established by Deed dated the first of September 1988. Its chief aims were to maintain professional standards in the practice of the McTimoney-Corley method of chiropractic throughout Britain, and to further public understanding of the technique.

Notice To Patients

In 1994 the Chiropractors Act was placed on the UK Statute books.

A ‘Register of Chiropractors’ was opened in 1999 by the statutory body known as the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and the title of ‘Chiropractor’ has been protected by law since 2001.

This has meant that every person using the professional title of ‘Chiropractor’ must pay almost £1000 per year to be registered with the GCC. Unfortunately, this increased financial burden to GCC- registered chiropractors has usually required a marked increase in patients’ treatment fees.

In 2001, some graduates of The Witney School of Chiropractic and The Oxford College of Chiropractic trained in The McTimoney-Corley method of chiropractic, decided to create their own Practitioners Register in order to protect the McTimoney-Corley technique.  This technique was called McTimoney-Corley Spinal Therapy.

A ballot amongst its members regarding a merger with the McTimoney Chiropractic Association (MCA) was carried out in September 2001. The vote for the merger was carried with a small majority so the BAAC ceased functioning on the thirty-first of December 2001 and ceased to exist on the thirtieth of June 2002. The Association of McTimoney-Corley Spinal Therapists commenced on the first of July 2002 and became a limited company in October 2002.

Another ballot  amongst its members  regarding a change of name from ‘spinal’ to ‘skeletal’ to reflect our technique of the ‘Whole Body Whole’ was carried out in Spring 2017. The vote for the change was carried with a large majority,  so subsequently we will henceforth be called The Association of McTimoney-Corley Skeletal Therapists from the first of July 2017.

You can rest assured that your fully insured and registered McTimoney-Corley Skeletal Therapist will continue to put your interests first.