Access over 70 hours of CPD education

The FHT is proud to partner with Therapy Expo this year, returning to Birmingham NEC on 22-23 November 2017.

Therapy Expo logoThis year’s world-class conference programme boasts over 70 hours of CPD education, including four dedicated education streams covering MSK, neuro rehabilitation, sports injuries and biomechanics, and business.

This is your opportunity to experience a clinical programme delivered by a wealth of expert speakers including Paul Coker, Mike Antoniades and Paul Horbrough, and to enhance your career through workshops and specialist sessions.

Your conference ticket will also give you access to the RockTape Movement Summit and the Sports Therapy Association Conference.

Plus, your lunch is included!

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2017 highlights:

  • Learn from a programme of over 70 hours cross-speciality training
  • Learn from world class speakers and experts in their field
  • Network with over 2,700 colleagues and peers
  • Four dedicated education streams covering MSK, neuro rehabilitation, sports injuries and biomechanics, and business.
  • Free CPR training in the LUBAS CPR Zone
  • Research and source new products and services from over 130 industry suppliers
  • See live demonstrations of the latest technologies the industry has to offer
  • Discover the secret to retaining clients and attracting new ones

Members will also be invited to vote on a special resolution to adopt the revised Articles of Association.

Book your early bird ticket for £99 + VAT (price increases to £129 + VAT on 30 June) using the dedicated FHT registration link

For more information, visit

We look forward to seeing you – visit us at stand TD47!


Exposure to sunlight linked to reduction in eczema inflammation

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Exposure to sunlight alleviates symptoms of eczema by helping to release a compound in the skin that moisturises inflammation, according to a recent study the Medical Research Council (MRC).

Researchers found that exposing a small patch of skin on healthy volunteers to UV light triggered the release of nitric oxide into the blood stream.

These findings will pave the way for future research into new therapies that could mimic the effects of sunlight while minimising the damaging side effects of the sun’s rays.

UV light therapy is currently used for people with severe eczema and while this can improve the condition, it can have damaging side effects, including ageing, burning and increasing the risk of skin cancer.

Further lab studies showed that this chemical activated regulatory T cells that were directly linked with disease improvement.

Read more about the study



College of Medicine calls for student essays on sustainable healthcare

The College of Medicine is currently accepting entries from students of all health and social care professions for the esteemed Michael Pittilo Essay Prize 2017.

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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.

The College of Medicine’s summer conference will this year explore ways in which sustainability is redefining our health system and to correspond with this theme the essay question for the Michael Pittilo Prize is:

‘How can patients, communities, healthcare professionals and governing bodies work together to ensure sustainability of the healthcare system?’

Essays (1,500 words) need to be submitted by 9 July 2017 to

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

Read the winning essay from 2016

Announcing the 2017 FHT Members’ Dinner

We are thrilled to announce the 2017 FHT Members’ Dinner, which will take place at the Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa, on Sunday 12 November.

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Bringing together like-minded members, expert professionals, and key industry contacts, the FHT Members’ Dinner is a great way to relax, have fun and network in style.

Also home to the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards, this Christmas themed dinner will feature a sparkling drinks reception, sumptuous three-course meal, and perhaps a spin or two around the winter dancefloor.

enter 2017 Excellence Awards

Awards entries are still open so don’t delay in entering in the category of your choice. Enter here.

Pump Rooms Leamington SpaThe Royal Pump Rooms is one of the oldest surviving bath houses in the UK, and we’re excited to share with you this unique and striking venue. Opened in 1814, the Royal Pump Rooms was one of the UK’s premier spa establishments of the Regency era, and attracted thousands of people every year to take to the healing waters. With original marble architecture, ancient sculptures, and original features, this venue is truly captivating and fascinating for therapists and non-therapists alike.

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Join us in this incredible venue as we celebrate excellence in the therapy industry. Hear inspiring stories from members who have made big changes to others’ lives through their work, and help us celebrate the achievements of all of our therapists, be they great or small, and say thank you, for their continued hard work in practice. And this close to Christmas, we may have a festive surprise or too in store, so bring along your friends as we party into the night!

Following member feedback, we’ve heavily subsidised the event for you so early bird tickets start from only £35 – don’t delay, book today! Early bird tickets close: 31 August, 2017.


New survey shows that 60% of people are not pulse aware

A new survey undertaken by Arrhythmia Alliance, supported by Opinion Health research, shows that more than 60 per cent of people are not pulse rhythm aware (survey of 1,555 people across UK – 27 May – 2 June 2017).

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‘The responses to our survey further reinforce the need to raise awareness and educate the public about arrhythmias, heart rhythm disorders and the importance of being pulse rhythm aware – to identify the undiagnosed person with an arrhythmia,’ said Trudie Lobban MBE, Founder and CEO, Arrhythmia Alliance.

Arrhythmia Alliance helped coordinate a number of events across the UK during World Heart Rhythm Week last week, with a further 14 countries worldwide also participating. Arrhythmia Alliance also partnered with a number of organisations to undertake pulse checks in a variety of settings – including pharmacies, hospitals, surgeries and shopping centres.

Why it is important to know your pulse –

  • More than 2 million people have an arrhythmia in the UK
  • Nearly 500,000 people in the UK have undiagnosed AF, and are at increased risk of a debilitating or life-threatening AF-related stroke – the most severe type of stroke
  • Arrhythmias cause up to 100,000 sudden cardiac deaths each year in the UK; over 250 every day, more deaths than breast cancer, lung cancer and AIDS combined
  • 120,000 people experience unexplained loss of consciousness each year, commonly a sign of a heart rhythm disorder
  • There is no national programme of pulse checks or heart rhythm screening

For more information on Arrhythmia Alliance click here