There’s just 10 weeks left until the 2019 FHT Conference, which is being held on Friday 29 November at The King’s Fund, London. Tickets are selling fast, so we thought we’d run through our top five reasons for attending if you’re still undecided:
Discover how to get involved in the future of healthcare
At the event, you’ll hear from speakers working at the forefront of integrated healthcare who know how the current health system works, its future direction and the opportunities available for complementary therapists.
Learn new skills to support your practice
As well as gaining a unique insight into integrated healthcare, you’ll learn how you can evaluate treatments using patient reported outcome measures and how to promote body esteem as a therapist.
Hear about integrated healthcare success stories
Our speakers will also talk about the successes of the integrated health initiatives they have spearheaded, highlighting the benefits they have for patients and the therapists who are a part of these.
Network with industry figures and like-minded therapists
The event will include ample opportunity to network with industry figures and other therapists attending, giving you the chance to make new connections and learn from each other’s experiences.
Exploring the ways therapists like you can become an integral part of the future of health and care and hearing about the work of our 2019 FHT Excellence Award winners will leave you inspired about the possibilities for your own career.
Tickets are just £85 for FHT members (£105 for non-members) and include a networking buffet lunch, drinks reception and refreshments.
Last year’s conference sold out early, so we strongly recommend booking soon if you would like to secure your place.
It has recently been confirmed that National Massage Day (NMD) will be held on 1 October 2019, coinciding with Pro-Touch Awareness Month, which runs for the whole of October.
Organised by Liz Badger, founder of The Therapist Business Club and Face The World, the aim of these two initiatives is to raise awareness about the many benefits of massage and hands-on therapies, and ultimately the importance of human touch and connection.
For therapists wanting to get involved, there is a range of support materials available from a dedicated website (www.protouchawarenessmonth.co.uk ), including articles from the FHT, and a special Facebook group, where people are invited to share blogs, testimonials and photographs of any NMD or Pro-Touch Awareness events organised, along with ‘ideas on how this wonderful month for the sector can be celebrated’.
Enter FHT’s special prize draw…
The FHT holds the largest Accredited Register of complementary therapists – including massage therapists – to be independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, as part of a government-backed programme.
In support of NMD and Pro-Touch Awareness Month, the FHT will be giving away 10 FHT tote goody bags, containing an FHT natural plant wax candle, to help create a relaxing treatment environment for your clients, and a copy of FHT’s membership magazine, International Therapist. It’s free to enter but please note you can only enter once! Full terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of the online prize draw form (see link below). Closing date for entries: 31 October.
A study recently published in the European Journal of Oncology Nursing (Yıldırım et al, 2019) suggests that abdominal massage may help people with constipation.
Researchers in Turkey conducted a randomised controlled trial with 204 patients with constipation as a result of opioid medication, who were split into two equal groups. The intervention group were taught to administer a 15-minute abdominal massage on themselves, in a clockwise direction over the intestines, which they did twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening) for four weeks.
The control group received standard medical care, such as laxative suppositories and enemas. Both groups were asked to keep a ‘defecation diary’ and completed the Bristol stool scale, for evaluating stools and bowel habits; the visual analogue scale (VAS), with questions about constipation severity, straining and pain; and the patient assessment of constipation quality of life (PACQLQ) scale, which looks at anxiety, physical and psychological discomfort, and satisfaction.
Patients in the massage group reported significant improvements in stool consistency, straining during defecation and the feeling of incomplete emptying after defecation, and experienced increased bowel movement. They also reported a reduction in the severity of constipation, pain, straining, gas and fullness in the rectum. However, the massage had no effect on the stool amount.
The authors of the study also noted that, ‘Anecdotally, participants also found the abdominal massage to be relaxing, and it was interesting that the majority of the participants were keen to undertake the massage themselves, as it provided a means of self-help and empowerment’.
Reference: Yıldırım D, Can G, Talu GK. (2019). The efficacy of abdominal massage in managing opioid-induced constipation. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 41: 110-119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2019.05.013
Dr Rangan Chatterjee is a GP, TV presenter and best-selling author of The Stress Solution and The 4 Pillar Plan, who kindly contributed an article to International Therapist magazine last year about lifestyle medicine. He also produces Feel Better, Live More, the number one health podcast in the UK.
In episode 73 of his podcast, Dr Chatterjee interviews Ross Edgley, the first ever swimmer to circumnavigate the whole of Great Britain – an incredible 1,780 miles in 157 days – without setting foot on land. As well as explaining how he got through his epic journey, Ross talks to Dr Chatterjee about the science behind why our minds limit us, explaining how we can all push ourselves beyond our comfort zones and reap the amazing knock-on benefits that come from doing so.
While Ross’s achievements are quite exceptional, Dr Chatterjee comments, ‘The overriding message from both of us is – it doesn’t matter where you start, just start somewhere. I hope this episode inspires you to push yourself outside your circle of comfort.’
Looking to make your therapy business more eco-friendly? We look at a few suggestions that could help to protect the planet and show your clients that you care (Article first published in International Therapist, Issue 128, Spring 2019): fht.org.uk/green-salon
The NHS Natural Health School is the first NHS-approved and owned complementary school, developed and run by NHS employees. Located in Harrogate District Hospital – part of Harrogate and District Foundation Trust – it was officially launched in May 2018 after four years of hard work by its dedicated team.
The school was developed to create a self-sustaining model of care for cancer patients, delivered by therapists trained to the highest standards of care expected of any health professional working within the NHS.
Gwyn Featonby, one of the school’s founders, said its mission is to provide complementary therapy diplomas and CPD courses that uniquely include practical placements and clinical supervision within the NHS. This allows therapists to gain experience treating patients with complex healthcare needs that they may have been unable to treat in their initial training.
Courses include foundation-level training in a range of complementary therapies, CPD and advanced courses in many areas of complex patient management and courses delivered in collaboration with other training providers. One of its most innovative developments has been the NHS certificate programme for complementary therapists, which involves a clinical work placement and competency-based learning programmes that meet the essential standards as directed by the Care Quality Commission, national occupational standards and agreed competencies for the specialist pathway as set by clinicians.
Gwyn has noted that the school’s courses are not only for those looking to work within the NHS, but also those who want to treat a wider range of clients. It is estimated that by 2030, around 50% of the population will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime, so having evidence-based clinical training for treating such patients will be of benefit to all therapists.
The model created by the team means that for each cohort of students they have on a training pathway, 72 patients are removed from the complementary therapy service waiting list. Patients are referred for treatment by a health professional at the centre, many of whom have experienced the treatments first-hand or have simply seen how different therapies have helped their patients – from helping to resolve sleep issues to pain management. Such issues may have previously required referral to a specialist and cost the NHS precious time and money, highlighting the value of the service.
The team intend to continue refining the model before introducing it to other departments at the hospital and ultimately licensing it to other Trusts, benefitting patients, therapists, health professionals and the wider health service alike.
Learn more about the NHS Natural Health School, the training it provides and how the model supports patients, medical staff and the trust in Gwyn Featonby and Sarah Grant’s talk at the 2019 FHT Conference.