Tribute to Professor George Lewith

The FHT is deeply saddened to learn that Professor George Lewith has recently passed away. A widely respected figure in the fields of complementary medicine, research and integrated healthcare, he will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

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Below is a tribute from Professor Nicola Robinson and the Trustees of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM).

‘Professor George Lewith was a qualified physician and Professor of Health Research. George was the first doctor in England to receive specialist training in Complementary Medicine. He later set up and founded the Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit at the University of Southampton leading a CAM research group of international excellence.

‘The untimely death of George has been a great shock to all that knew him. It would not be wrong to say that everyone in the field of Complementary medicine knew him, not only for his wise council and facilitative nature but also as a friend and colleague who always gave his timely freely.

‘George was involved in so many areas and was one of the founder members and Trustee of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine in 1983. He was passionate about the importance of building the scientific evidence base for complementary medicine and its dissemination. He believed that understanding research is necessary for preparing all healthcare practitioners – both in terms of being able to interpret but also that they should be critically aware of its significance and the implications for practice. He strived to engage practitioners in research and was particularly driven in engaging and supporting young people wishing to develop their research careers.

‘In 2003, in Southampton, he conceived and initiated the first annual conference on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Strategies, Training, Research and New Developments (CAMSTRAND) specifically to showcase postgraduate and practitioner research. Since then this annual conference has provided an arena for participants to present and discuss their research in a supportive but critical peer and academic environment. This year (June 6-7) Southampton is to be the host again for CAMSTRAND – Sadly George will not be with us but would want us to go forward and build on his heritage and we should make the event a special celebration of his life and career.’

Professor Nicola Robinson and the Trustees of the RCCM

To read an interview with Professor Lewith, click here

Have you brought yours yet?

The 2017 FHT Training Congress tickets are now live and selling fast! Here’s all you need to know about this year’s Training Congress.

The 2017 FHT Training Congress will be taking place within the Holistic Health show at the NEC in Birmingham on the 21 and 22 May 2017. The Training Congress will be separated across two days with 30 informative CPD sessions for you to attend. 

The FHT Training Congress not only caters for practicing therapists, but students and the public who want to learn various topics from specific therapies, to general business advice.

Seminars include:

  • The Chrysalis Effect
  • Salon etiquette
  • Age and exercise  
  • How to attract clients who value you 
  • Understand and experience crystal therapy 
  • Ayurvedic facelift massage 
  • Auricular diagnosis
  • A social media strategy for your business 
  • Happy, harmonious living 
  • Facial acupuncture

Where can you purchase your ticket?

All attendees will need to register themselves for a free ticket at the Holistic Health Website in order to gain entry into the NEC.

Once you have done this, you can book your Training Congress tickets here.

Sessions cost only £12 for members and £15 for non-members, book yours now!

The FHT’s top tips

  • Don’t forget to bring a notepad and pen
  • The FHT stand is A32, come and visit us to purchase FHT products, chat to staff and try a taster treatment
  • CPD points are valuable for expanding your knowledge

Oh happy day

Today is the United Nations International Day of Happiness. The UN has celebrated this since 2013 and uses this day to celebrate the importance of happiness in the lives of people throughout the world.

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The UN believes that sustainable development goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality and protect the planet are the key aspects that will lead to well-being and happiness across the globe. The organisation set up 17 goals in 2015 based on the above principles and have teamed up with the Smurfs to promote the campaign.

The Action for Happiness movement is also committed to encouraging people everywhere to help create a happier world and strongly supports the UN’s International Day of Happiness.

Action for Happiness has launched a collaborative campaign at that involves lots of causes and organisations coming together to celebrate the day.

Watch a video about the International Day of Happiness here

Read an article about Action for Happiness, published in issue 112 of International Therapist


Mother’s Day promotion

The FHT has produced the above social media advert for you to promote your therapy practice this Mother’s Day. Simply share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram along with your contact details. Adverts can also be printed at postcard size – just click to full size, then print.

Looking for other social media adverts to promote your therapies? Leave your suggestions below.

MND Association needs complementary therapists

The Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association is on the look-out for trained therapists to volunteer at high profile events this year.

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Every year, high numbers of the public raise money in support of those with MND, including at the London Marathon in April and Prudential Ride London in July.

The MND Association is in need of volunteer therapists to help their fundraisers with massages and treatments following their activities.

Therapists must:

  • Be a full FHT Member or Fellow
  • Hold valid insurance
  • Be qualified to Level 3 in any massage modality
  • Provide their own equipment

In return, the MND are willing to pay £50 expenses and supply you with a branded T-shirt to wear on the day.

If you would like to give your time and help out those raising money for a great cause, please contact Stephanie

If you get involved please let us know – it would be great to feature you in International Therapist! Email Dan, our Deputy Editor, at