Best in the therapy industry recognised with 2017 FHT Excellence Awards

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.

2017 FHT Excellence Award winners

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.

2017 FHT Excellence Awards logo

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 Excellence Awards - George Lewith2017 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).

Finally, we’d like to thank our 2017 awards sponsors for supporting this event – Psychologies Magazine, Shared Beauty Secrets and Zephorium.

Look out for more information about this year’s winners in International Therapist and online.

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Help us bring cheer with Crisis at Christmas!

National homelessness charity Crisis is calling on therapists to provide treatment for homeless people at its temporary centres this Christmas.

Crisis at Christmas 2015

In its 50th anniversary year, Crisis at Christmas runs from 22 – 29 December 2017 with centres set to open across London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Coventry and Edinburgh. As well as warmth, companionship and hot meals, guests will receive healthcare and specialist advice on housing, work and benefits.

The therapy service is hugely valuable for guests, giving them access to treatment they may otherwise miss out on during the rest of the year. With 229 guests having therapy treatment across all centres last year, Crisis is calling for qualified therapists to provide assessment, treatment and advice and for student therapists to assist in running the clinics.

There are now 307,000 people sleeping rough, or in temporary housing – that’s around one in every 206 people.

Crisis at Christmas centres are run by thousands of volunteers from all walks of life with registration now open at You can also find out more information about volunteering on our website.

Here’s what people are saying:

Pandora Knocker, Service Organiser for Physiotherapy, will be volunteering for the fifth time this year. She said:

“Everybody has a right to healthcare and it’s great that I can bring my skills as a physio to Crisis at Christmas. It feels good to be part of something that can really make a difference.”

One in four homeless people will face spending Christmas alone this year. With the homelessness crisis worsening, Crisis says the centres are needed now more than ever.

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said:

“Without our volunteers, Crisis at Christmas simply wouldn’t exist to help provide a warm, safe place to those with nowhere to call home.

“It’s because of their generosity that we can bring thousands of people friendship, support, and life-changing services each and every Christmas.

“And though we work all year round to help people experiencing homelessness – we know that the Christmas season should be a special time for everyone and that no one should have to spend it alone.

“So as our charity turns 50, we will work harder than ever to make homelessness a thing of the past. And until then our volunteers will remain at the heart of what we do.”

About the organisation:

Crisis at Christmas

Crisis at Christmas is a unique volunteer effort that provides immediate help for homeless people at a critical time of year. It is only made possible through the collective effort and generosity of thousands of volunteers, individuals, community organisations and companies who donate money, time, skills, goods and services.

This year guests will be welcomed at over 13 centres across Britain and offered food, clothing, health services and a chance to relax. But the work does not end there. They offer their guests individual advice and support and encourage them to go to their year-round service centres in the New Year.

In 2016, they welcomed 4,706 guests across London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Coventry and Newcastle, supported by more than 10,859 volunteers.

About Crisis

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. They help people directly out of homelessness, and campaign for the social changes needed to solve it altogether.

FHT Members – we know that many of you have been kind enough to support Crisis in previous years. Please let the FHT know if you support Crisis this Christmas, as we’d welcome a short write-up for International Therapist.

Being physically active can improve your mental health

Fitness dancing

Physical activity can play an important role in building resilience and supporting mental health recovery, according to mental health charity, Mind.

The above findings are revealed in the Get Set to Go Programme
Evaluation Summary, a report on a landmark two year project to help people with mental health problems get active.

With help from Sport England and the National Lottery, the project has seen more than 3,500 people take part in physical activity projects across the country.

The project also showed that people who were physically active on a regular basis were more likely to experience better wellbeing.

Seeing the benefits of physical activity on mental health, those who took part have, on average, increased their physical activity by 1.3 days each week.

Read the full report




Remembrance Sunday and giving back

remembrance sunday 2017

Join the FHT in remembering the sacrifices made this Remembrance Sunday.

Looking to give back to our heroes? Consider joining the BVRC scheme.

We have formed a partnership with the British Veterans Recognition Card (BVRC), which enables BVRC members to access a range of sports and complementary therapy treatments from qualified FHT members at a maximum price of £30 per treatment. This preferential treatment fee is for ex-service men and women who have returned from wars such as Afghanistan and Iraq. These veterans may be returning with injuries that could benefit from treatment with professional therapists like you.

Members can find out more about joining here. Or, if you’re a BVRC member looking for a therapist, click here.

Don’t swallow essential oils

This news item is aimed at members of the general public who have been advised that it is safe to ingest (swallow) essential oils.


The FHT is very concerned by a growing number of reports that members of the public are being advised that it is safe to ingest (swallow) essential oils, or take them internally.

In the FHT’s opinion, taking essential oils internally can be extremely dangerous. Although essential oils are produced from plants and are ‘natural’, they are very powerful products and can have serious side effects if not used properly.

If you would like to use essential oils at home, it is very important that you seek the advice of a professional and suitably qualified aromatherapist. To find an aromatherapist in your area, search the FHT’s Accredited Register, which has been approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

Please share this link with anyone you think may benefit from the information.

Click here to read the FHT’s full statement on the ingestion of essential oils.