FHT award winner profile: Jane Sheehan, MFHT

FHT member Jane Sheehan has won the title of 2018 FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year.

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Jane Sheehan (right) with FHT Vice President and awards judge, Mary Dalgleish (left)

The award was presented to Jane at the 2018 FHT Conference: Supporting the Integrated Healthcare Agenda, held at The King’s Fund, London, on 29 November. Organised by the FHT, the Excellence Awards aim to bring much deserved recognition to high-calibre practitioners, students and tutors working in the fields of complementary, sports and holistic beauty therapy.

Jane’s burning ambition had always been to successfully integrate complementary therapies into mainstream care. It was an ambition she went on to realise in 2009, when she took on the role of complementary therapy coordinator at an NHS Specialist Palliative Care Hospice in Norwich.

Drawing on 36 years of experience as a qualified nurse and 29 years as a complementary therapist, Jane developed the existing complementary therapy service, to create a safe delivery model that would benefit patients, therapists and health care professionals alike. Among other achievements she was responsible for:

  • bringing the therapy service in line with clinical governance
  • developing a robust complementary therapy policy
  • creating a sustainable delivery model, with therapists employed by the NHS, providing security for the therapists and ensuring patients could continue to receive valuable care
  • expanding the number and range of therapy sessions available
  • designing a bespoke model of care for patients wanting care at home
  • developing protocols for using aromatherapy for malodourous wound care
  • introducing MYCAW to measure patient-related outcomes, and
  • providing experiential learning for health care staff to promote therapy awareness.

Jane’s nomination was supported by dozens testimonials and letters of support from clients, colleagues, training providers and industry experts, including clinical aromatherapist and author, Dr Jane Buckle.

Speaking about her win, Jane says: ‘I am totally over the moon and feel very privileged to receive the prestigious 2018 FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year award for work that brings together my nursing background and complementary therapy training. I wanted to inspire others and raise awareness of what can be achieved in complementary therapy development in the NHS specialist palliative care setting. This is for every single therapist working in a hospice. Thank you to my colleague, Margaret Ayres, who put my name forward for this award, and to all those who have supported me. And thank you to the FHT.’

Christopher Byrne, President of the FHT, says: ‘These awards are designed to recognise individuals who are excelling in therapy practice and education and are an inspiration to others. Winners like Jane should be exceptionally proud to be selected from a pool of high-calibre peers, in awards that are recognised across the industry. Well done.’

Read an article by Jane from International Therapist, issue 125

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