Dr Peter Mackereth, Clinical Lead of the Complementary Therapy Service at The Christie for 15 years, was presented with a special FHT President’s Award at a national awards ceremony.
Organised by the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), the event was held on Wednesday, 26 October at One Whitehall Place, London, to bring much deserved recognition to high-calibre practitioners, students and tutors working in the complementary, sports and holistic beauty industries.
Each year, FHT’s President also selects a special individual to receive an award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to integrated healthcare and the complementary therapy industry.
Paul Battersby, President of the FHT, says: ‘It was an honour and a pleasure to present this award to Peter, who I trained with many years ago. Not only has he personally provided support and relief to thousands of patients through complementary therapy, his research and training has ensured that other therapists working in cancer can offer the same support, competently and safely.’
Just before Peter was invited on stage to receive his award, those attending the ceremony were given an overview of some of his achievements…
When Peter first trained as a nurse, nearly 40 years ago, he was taught to give a simple back massage to help patients settle at night. He took to massage very naturally, so went on to do additional training at Charing Cross Hospital in the 1980s. With the support of different consultants, he then started to introduce massage and other complementary therapies into his nurse teaching, as well as his clinical practice, supporting patients with conditions such as HIV, MS and Parkinson’s disease.
In 2001, he started work at The Christie, a specialist cancer centre in Manchester. As Clinical Lead for Complementary Therapy, his role was to develop a team of therapists and look at ways to generate income to support a complementary therapy service at the hospital. At the time, there were only two part-time therapists at The Christie. Today, there is team of 30-plus therapists on hand to support patients, carers and staff. Senior members of the team also run a comprehensive training programme, which is extremely popular with therapists looking to specialise in cancer care.
In addition, Peter has also completed a Masters Degree and PhD, authored numerous research papers and books, and has been a regular national and international speaker on complementary therapies, cancer care and smoking cessation. He has even been kind enough to regularly contribute to the FHT’s own membership magazine, International Therapist, and training events over the years, as have other members of his team. For this, FHT and its members are extremely grateful.