The FHT would like to say a big ‘Thank you!’ to those members and other special guests who recently joined us in Leamington Spa to celebrate the achievements of our 2017 FHT Excellence Awards winners and finalists.
Pictured (left to right): Barbara Scott, Sheree Phelps, Stacey Radcliffe, Cristina Coelho, Anne-Marie Rose and Emma Holly.
Launched in 2011, the FHT’s Excellence Awards serve to shine a spotlight on those setting the bar in therapy education and practice, helping to raise the profile of complementary, holistic beauty and sports therapies.
Once again, the awards judges were overwhelmed by the number of excellent nominations received this year, with 21 finalists announced in August, across six different categories. The overall winners and two highly commended were then announced and presented with an award at a special 2017 FHT Members’ Dinner, held on 17 November, at the historic Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa.
Sue Kinsella, RGN Head of Nursing Services at RedArc, says: “At RedArc we refer to the FHT’s Accredited Register to source qualified and professional therapists to support our patients. It was a great opportunity to attend the Excellence Awards and gain insight into how some of your members help improve people’s health and wellbeing and make such a difference to their lives.”
And the winners are…
2017 FHT Excellence Awards – Winners
- Complementary Therapist of the Year – Barbara Scott
For researching and developing a reflexology treatment protocol and training course, to support couples struggling to conceive.
- Beauty Therapist of the Year – Cristina Coelho
For her commitment to providing holistic and person-centred treatments to clients with conditions impacting their skin health and self-esteem.
- Sports Therapist of the Year – Sheree Phelps
For supporting the needs of a wide range of clients, from hospital surgeons to sports professionals, and her commitment to professional development.
- Local Support Group Coordinator of the Year – Nicky Gee
For her commitment to providing support and informative group meetings for local FHT members and the wider community in the Blackpool area.
- Student of the Year – Stacey Radcliffe
For her drive and commitment to completing a complementary therapy degree, despite multiple setbacks, including serious ill-health.
- Tutor of the Year – Lorraine Senior
For developing a framework for qualified reflexologists to support children and adults with autism, learning difficulties and special educational needs.
2017 FHT Excellence Awards – Highly Commended
- Complementary Therapist of the Year – Emma Holly – in recognition of her work with clients affected by painful and unsightly scar tissue.
- Complementary Therapist of the Year – Anne-Marie Rose – for supporting local carers and charities.
2017 FHT President’s Awards
In addition, two special FHT President’s Awards were announced this year. The first was awarded in memory of the late Professor George Lewith, for his outstanding contribution to integrated healthcare and the complementary therapy industry. The second was awarded to Gill Morris, for her outstanding contribution to the beauty therapy industry.
A warm and much deserved ‘Congratulations!’ to our 2017 winners and finalists, and a special thank you to everyone who entered this year’s awards. Please keep up the excellent work you do in helping to support others and please enter our 2018 FHT Excellence Awards (to be announced).
Look out for more information about this year’s winners in International Therapist and online.