Excellence in education

Education awards

Have you helped a student therapist reach their full potential?

Perhaps, you taught a student lacking in confidence, who didn’t feel very capable in a classroom, but was transformed into a high achiever when they discovered their passion for therapies?

Are you a student therapist who has overcome seemingly impossible odds to excel in education?

Has an inspirational colleague really raised the bar in therapy education?

Do you work as part of a team that has transformed the way that students are taught therapies, leading to unprecedented results?

Maybe you study with a student leader, who has not only succeeded on a personal level, but has helped you and your fellow classmates raise the standard of your work?

Have you been inspired by a training provider who went beyond what was required of them to ensure your educational success?

If any of the above sounds familiar, or if you have an equivalent therapy success story, we’d love to hear from you. We will be celebrating the wonderful work and achievements of our members, student members and training providers at the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards.

Hear from previous winners

In 2013 Amanda Brooks, MFHT, was named FHT Tutor of the Year for bringing dedication and passion into her teaching. One of her students said, ‘Amanda has all the expected qualities of a tutor deserving of a nomination; she is kind, dedicated, available, supportive and an excellent communicator. But what sets Amanda apart from other outstanding tutors is she strives to adapt her teaching style for each individual student to make sure everyone in the class gets the best possible outcome for the time they invest in their studies.’

Last year’s FHT Student of the Year, Stacey Radcliffe, performed exceptionally well in her studies, while dealing with the loss of loved ones and breast cancer. Anyone would be forgiven for stepping back from their studies but Stacey worked diligently towards her goal, not letting serious ill-health or tragedy prevent her from achieving what she set out to do.

Stacey commented on her award win, saying, ‘I feel so honoured, proud and humbled to accept this award. I am truly overwhelmed and so grateful for the support, kindness and empathy that I have been shown, by my family, friends, tutors, peers and the FHT. This award is the perfect end to completing my degree and I am so excited to see where this takes me in my next chapter as a fully qualified complementary therapist’.

Award categories

You can self-nominate, or put forward an inspirational colleague or team, for one of the following categories (click for entry criteria):

Closing date 30 June, 2018

Click here to enter

FHT member wins award for best healthcare provider

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FHT member Jackie Grimley has won the Best Healthcare Provider award at the Families First Awards, held earlier this month in Belfast.

Jackie was put forward for the award by clients of her therapy business, Serenity Holistics, where she specialises in reflexology.

Delighted with the win, Jackie told the FHT, ‘I am really blown away by this news. For me the award means a lot but it is also an opportunity to work together with other therapists and spread the word on behalf of our industry – to show what we can offer and what we can do for our clients.

‘My clients are amazing and hold great trust in me, as I do in them. You really meet the most amazing and kind people in this job, and it is wonderful that what we do makes a difference to their lives.’

Jackie is also the coordinator of the South Tyrone FHT Local Support Group, a role which she enjoys. Jackie says, ‘I love to help other therapists, even in simple ways, such as advice with logo designs, about business premises, rent etc. It is better to work together in this world, that way you get more done. I hope that winning this award will push other therapists to believe in their therapy work and keep doing what they love to do.’

 

Find out more about FHT local support groups

Read our six good reasons to enter professional awards

FHT features in Issue 100 of Massage World

Mary Dalgelish RLD in Massage World-1The FHT regularly contributes to national publications to promote the FHT, its members and the therapies they practice.

FHT Vice President, Mary Dalgleish, has recently been featured in Issue 100 of Massage World, providing a case study of a client she had supported with reflexology.

Using a technique called reflexology lymph drainage (RLD) Mary helped a client relax and sleep better.

 

Read the full article

College of Medicine calls for student essays on lifestyle medicine

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The College of Medicine and Integrated Health is currently accepting entries for the Michael Pittilo Essay Prize 2018.

First launched in 2010, the Michael Pittilo Essay Prize recognises and celebrates the integration of conventional and complementary approaches to healthcare.

Entries are open to UK students studying any healthcare discipline at degree level or above, including CAM therapies that are statutory regulated or on an Accredited Register, approved by the Professional Standards Authority.

This year’s essay question for the Michael Pittilo Prize is: ‘Lifestyle medicine – the next BIG thing?’

In times of increasing pressure on NHS services, lifestyle advice, diet, and self-care could be the key to healthier patients, but do clinicians have the time and expertise to utilise such a diverse range of interventions? Should NHS clinicians be looking outside the orthodox, western, biomedical model for therapists to refer to, and what are the potential risks/benefits if they do?

Essays (1,500 words) need to be submitted by 5pm Sunday 1 July 2018 to students@collegeofmedicine.org.uk

The FHT is delighted to have been a member of the judging panel for nine consecutive years and looks forward to publishing the winning essay in International Therapist.

Read the winning essay from 2017

 

Helping clients from injury to recovery

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Have you helped an athlete transition from a debilitating injury to full recovery?

Has an inspirational colleague really raised the bar in sports therapy excellence?

Do you work as part of a team that works with professional athletes, providing cutting-edge pitch-side support?

Perhaps you have given an athlete the tools to overcome mental and physical challenges that resulted from injury?

Maybe you know a therapist whose injury prevention strategies have helped sports people continue to perform at the highest level?

If any of the above sounds familiar, or if you have an equivalent therapy success story, we’d love to hear from you. We will be celebrating the wonderful work and achievements of our members at the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards.

Hear from previous winners

Last year, Sheree Phelps, MFHT, was named Sports Therapist of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards for her work with athletes, including her voluntary service with the Welsh Rugby Union’s Elite Women’s Programme. Speaking about her win, Sheree said: ‘This award means so much to me. Coming from a competitive sporting career, it has always been important for to me to build a professional and welcoming practice for my clients. Having the knowledge to clearly explain why and how I am going to treat them, in an empathetic and relaxing environment, so that they can unwind from their daily stresses has always been my ultimate goal.’

Award categories

You can self-nominate, or put forward an inspirational colleague or team, for one of the following categories (click for entry criteria):

Closing date 30 June, 2018

Click here to enter