Brian Jauncey won the title of 2018 FHT Student of the Year at our annual Excellence Awards, held towards the end of last year.
The award was presented to Brian at the 2018 FHT Conference: Supporting the Integrated Healthcare Agenda, held at The King’s Fund, London, on 29 November. 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.
Brian entered the field of complementary therapy as a mature student at the age of 42. The simple act of twisting to get out of a car one day resulted in two prolapsed discs which meant he couldn’t work for 16 weeks, leaving his career as a welder in jeopardy. Spinal surgery was recommended, which he promptly refused, and it was when trying different therapies to help with his back problem that Brian discovered the benefits of massage and acupuncture. In his own words, ‘Through these modalities, I was able to manage my pain, mobility and quality of life to a degree that I never thought possible’.
With the support of his family, he decided to enrol onto a BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapy for Healthcare degree at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, so that he could help others in a similar situation. Brian quickly developed a passion for learning and as the nominated representative for his course, helped to promote the university at open days, performing demonstrations and talking to prospective students. Having just gained a first for his degree, he is already looking at other ways to expand his skills and knowledge.
Speaking about his win, Brian says: ‘I’m very proud to receive the Student of the Year Award, and to receive recognition by an organisation such as the FHT is a great honour. I am continuing my studies with a PGCE course, alongside running my own practice, Heka Complementary and Alternative Therapies, in Wrexham. I’m then hoping to go on to do a Masters degree.’