Complementary therapist and training provider at an NHS approved school, Gwyn Featonby, won the title of 2018 FHT Tutor of the Year at our annual Excellence Awards, held towards the end of last year.
The award was presented to Gwyn 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.
A qualified nurse, Gwyn has been practicing complementary therapies for over 30 years. Much of her work has been within hospitals and hospices, where she used therapies to help adults and children manage symptoms related to cancer and other long-term or life-threatening conditions. Today she is education lead at an NHS approved school, which she helped to develop as part of a dedicated team.
The NHS Natural Health School is dedicated to training the next generation of expert therapists, and is part of a self-sustaining model that provides free treatments to patients at a Macmillan cancer centre based in the same hospital. It’s at this school that Gwyn delivers a unique NHS Certificate in Complementary Therapies – a competency-based programme that provides Level 3 students with the skills and experience necessary to practice in an NHS setting and ensure they meet the needs of patients with complex health needs.
In the words of someone who provided a supporting testimonial for Gwyn’s award entry, ‘she is very modest in her achievements but I, and a lot of others in the complementary therapy field, know that she is an amazing practitioner, an informative, knowledgeable and approachable teacher and a pioneer in the complementary therapy field.’
Speaking about her win, Gwyn says: ‘I am delighted to have won the award for FHT Tutor of the year. It is a privilege to be part of a learner’s journey, whether it’s someone new to the industry, or a practitioner wanting to gain more specialist knowledge.
‘Highly skilled and enthusiastic practitioners are key to the provision of quality assured and effective complementary therapy. To be recognised as having a small part in enabling the development of such practitioners is a great honour, not just for me, but for the whole team at the NHS Natural Health School. We are so proud of our learners and graduates, and never forget that they choose to study with us. We strive to help them achieve the very best that they can, but success is only possible with their own enthusiasm and hard work.’