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

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


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