The health equivalent of Netflix launches

Healthflix, a free health video streaming service has launched to help people stay healthy while social isolation measures are in place.

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The service will include online health classes and interviews with key figures in the world of social prescribing.

Key speakers include chair of the College of Medicine, Dr Michael Dixon, Ruby Wax and Stephen Porges.

Today, 02 April, Dr Michael Dixon is hosting a webinar on ‘re-connecting at a time of personal disconnection’. Sign up for Dr Dixon’s talk here.

Follow Healthflix on social media to stay up-to-date with the latest videos.

Development and learning from home 

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During these unprecedented times you may find yourself with time to spare, so why not make the most of this opportunity and focus on yourself and your personal development.

Did you know that you can still complete CPD at home? Read on to find out how. 

Learn 

Learn something new by taking a look at the fantastic e-learning courses that our accredited course providers have to offer! You can learn so much from nutrition to colour therapy and everything in between. Take a look at our accredited short courses and use your Ctrl + F button to search ‘online’ to see all courses which can be completed online.

Webinars are also a great way of gaining new information in a bitesize format. While there are lots of webinars out there to benefit from, we have two linked on our CPD page on the topics ‘advice, exercises and treatments for low back pain’ and ‘treating clients with neck pain’. You can watch these webinars and complete an activity worksheet to gain 5 CPD points.

Now, let’s not forget old-fashioned reading.  Whether from books or journals you have at home, or information online via reliable sources, you can use this time to read up on topics you feel would benefit you in your practice. To gain your CPD points you need to reflect on what you have learnt from the reading, using one of our reflective practice templates which can be found on our CPD page.

FHT members also have access to the reading room via the members’ area. Within our reading room you can find articles and information on a vast range of topics and past online issues of International Therapist magazine.

Connect

Our local groups have been supporting therapist communities by holding online meetings that anyone can join in with. Local groups provide members (and non-members) with an opportunity to share information, knowledge and to help each other. If relevant to your therapies or practice, they also gain you 2 CPD points. Look out on FHT’s Facebook page for more information on when the next group is due to take place.

Refresh

Refresh your knowledge on the basics of anatomy and physiology (A&P), pathology and more with our spiral quiz in past issues of International Therapist (IT) magazine. The spiral quiz gains you 1 CPD point by testing your A&P knowledge. Members can complete four spiral quizzes each year to go towards their CPD points so dig out some past issues of IT mag or find them in the members’ area under reading room.

If you have been out of the loop for a long time, completing a diploma in anatomy and physiology, pathology and health and safety is a good way to refresh your knowledge. You can find these accredited online courses under the accredited qualifications list. Remember to use your Ctrl + F buttons to search for online courses.

Reflect

Reflect on something you feel developed has your practice recently, whether that’s a particular client you learnt a lot from, an experience which taught you a thing or two or maybe even a recent book or article. By reflecting on this you are taking your learning one step further. Download a reflective practice template from our CPD page to complete a 500-word reflection and gain 5 points.

Write an in-depth case study and reflect on a client with our case study template which you can use and fill out to gain yourself 5 CPD points. Please be aware that you will be required to have recent treatment records or notes on the client you’re writing your case study about.

Plan

Do some business development, whether that’s planning your year ahead or looking back through your financials. A business plan is worth 2 CPD points and can be a tool to help you to bounce back in to action when things get back to normal. You can also take a look at HRMC who offer help and support if you are self-employed. Once completed you can reflect on this learning and award yourself 5 CPD points.

Members living in England can complete free online training courses to develop your skills in business administration, IT and customer service skills through vision2learn.

Have you considered using this time for a marketing revamp? Put some time in to building your online and offline marketing and plan some campaigns, bridging your way to success in the future. By developing a marketing plan you will receive 2 points and every piece of marketing collateral you have created will gain you another point.

Our CPD information page has a bank of information and resources to help members get organised and complete their annual CPD requirements. If you have any queries regarding CPD please do get in touch via cpd@fht.org.uk.

Wishing you all the best in these tough times.

Heidi Hinton, Education Executive.

Meditation to try at home

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At a time when everything feels up in the air, it is important to put our own health and wellbeing at the top of our agenda. The ancient art of meditation can help decrease stress and lower blood pressure and is an easy practice to try at home.

To get you started, we’ve put together a list of some free meditation practices to try.

1. Sunrise meditation by Marie Duggan

Marie Duggan, accredited course provider at Butterfly Touch Therapies shared sunrise meditation which was initially created as part of a course for patients living with cancer.

Marie said, ‘I wanted to share this meditation for mental wellbeing as many of us are experiencing isolation, fear, stress and anxiety due to COVID-19. I initially created this meditation as part of my course for patients with cancer, however with today’s circumstances I believe many more people can benefit from it.’

2. Chakra meditation by Marion Eaton

In the Winter issue of International Therapist (IT) magazine we shared a meditation from reiki master Marion Eaton’s CD, Ether to Spirit.

The meditation aims to help you explore and experience your crown chakra. If you don’t have your latest issue of IT mag to hand, view Marion’s meditation here.

If you enjoyed this meditation, keep an eye out for our social media competition this week to win one of two download cards for Marion’s CD, Ether to Spirit. 

3. Free meditation apps

  • Headspace offers daily meditations to help strengthen your physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Calm is aimed at improving sleep through meditation.
  • Created by mindfulness coach at the Harlequin’s, Mindful Peak Performance looks at using mindfulness to improve performance in sport as well as general health.

Discover the benefits of meditation 

In episode 23 of his Feel Better Live More podcast, Dr Chatterjee spoke to meditation teacher Light Watkins about the benefits of meditation.

Listen to the full podcast here.

FHT Vice President Maria Mason listed in Top 100 Beauty Industry Influencers 2020

Business snippets Maria Mason croppedFHT Vice President Maria Mason has been listed as a Top 100 Beauty Influencer by Professional Beauty.

Maria is an award winning salon owner and was nominated by Professional Beauty members for being one of the people currently making the biggest impact in the beauty and spa market.

The final list showcases leaders in the beauty and spa business, who have created innovative products and treatments, built inspirational salon and spa businesses, led associations driving safer practice, and inspired the next generation with outstanding training and creativity.

Maria said, ‘It was a lovely surprise to be voted one of the most inspiring people in the professional beauty industry and to be listed among such big names is a huge honour.’

This summer Professional Beauty will be celebrating Maria’s work, alongside other individuals listed in the top 100, via their print, video, online and social channels. Keep up-to-date at professionalbeauty.co.uk.

FHT Survey: Male client wellbeing

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To help inform an article for International Therapist magazine about your male clients and their general wellbeing, we’d really appreciate it if you could take 5 to 10 minutes to complete our short survey.

We are particularly looking to find out more about the therapies that your male clients visit you for and whether this is linked to their overall health and wellbeing. Within our article we will be sharing tips to spot the signs of poor mental health and ways to support your clients who may be struggling.

Please note that you are not required to provide any personal details. Thank you for your support.

Complete our short survey on your male clients

Tools to help you support clients remotely

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Providing live support via a video or telephone consultation can be a great way to host a session, such as therapy-specific self-help techniques or counselling and mindfulness (see our Supporting clients remotely blog for more guidance).

If you haven’t used a video communication platform before, here are a few we recommend. Each platform has helpful step-by-step guides to show you how to get started, we have included these below too.

Skype  

Skype is probably the most well-known platform for video communication. It has some helpful tools such as live subtitles, mobile screen sharing and call recording.

Find out more on Skype’s helpful FAQ’s page  

Zoom  

Zoom is a relatively new platform that is quickly growing in popularity. It offers similar benefits to Skype, as well as the ability to message across platforms and build collaboration-enabled conference rooms.

To learn more, you can click here to join Zoom’s daily live training sessions.

Or you can click here for Zoom’s video tutorials, which are really helpful.

FaceTime 

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, FaceTime is probably already set up on your device and is something you’re used to using, just be careful of racking up those minutes!

Click here to read Apple’s step-by-step guide

Facebook 

Facebook has all the tools you need to hold a video call, and you are probably already connected to your clients on the platform.

Find out more about Facebook’s video calling function

Member suggestion (01/04/20): Doxy.me and VSee have proved to be another two great options for online consultations, both with excellent security credentials. 

Tips to prepare for a video call 

  • Plan. Make a list of what you think would be useful to cover.
  • Make sure you dress as you usually would when seeing a client.
  • Test out your webcam and microphone beforehand:

Is it at the right angle? Is the brightness ok? What can your client see around you?

  • Give your client your username before the call and if necessary, explain to them how to accept a call.

Finally, you may have to be a little patient at this time – these are apps are in high demand due to social distancing and people trying to find other ways to stay in touch.

Good luck and enjoy! 

Working remotely with clients  

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It is incredibly sad that at a time when positive touch has never been more needed by those in our local community, we are faced with an unprecedented situation where social distancing has become an imperative to protect the NHS and save lives.

While seeing clients in person is now out of the question, we’re delighted to learn that many of our members are starting to look at ways they can support them remotely, to help boost their physical and mental wellbeing and keep their spirits up during these difficult times.

In this blog item, we just wanted to highlight some of the ways that you can work with clients remotely while still meeting the terms and conditions of your insurance with the FHT…

First, get their permission

Clients are very unlikely to be cross with you for getting in touch to offer support at this time, but be mindful about data protection when you do contact them. You could even use this as an opportunity to refresh their communication preferences. Whether you call, text, write or email your clients, explain that while sadly you can’t provide any hands-on treatment at this time, you would like to continue supporting them remotely, to help them through this challenging time. Ask if they’d be happy for you to contact them through whichever channels it is you intend to use (text, email, Skype, etc) and if they are happy to stay in touch that way.

Offering clients self-help techniques

Most of you will have already shared self-help techniques with your clients to use between treatments – whether it’s how to use an aromatherapy blend safely at home, using a ball for soft tissue work, or working certain reflex points on the hand.

With anyone, you can:

  • Email or message them links to some general health and wellbeing tips that they can use safely at home. If you don’t have any of your own, you can share information from reputable websites and organisations. We have recently published a five self-help techniques blog post by Vice President, Mary Dalgleish, which you are free to share – and there will be more self-help techniques to follow from FHT!

With existing clients based in the UK, and within the scope of your qualifications, you can:

  • Provide support via video and voice communication apps such as Facetime, Skype or Zoom. This could be an entire therapy session, such as counselling, nutritional advice or mindfulness (which could also be done via the phone). Or it could be bespoke, therapy-specific self-help techniques – from exercises and stretches, to self-massage techniques and pressure point work. What’s key is that any practical tips or exercises are done ‘live’, so that you can guide your client, answer any questions they have and correct them if they are going wrong. Once you are confident that they are executing the moves as they should be, you can always send them a video for reference afterwards. Click here for guidance on how to use Zoom and Skype.
  • If you feel that a client might benefit from a product you are insured to make or retail, such as an aromatherapy blend or skincare product, you could potentially post this out to them, or direct them to a reputable supplier online. If the product is being sent out by you, make sure you give them relevant product information and instructions for use in writing, covering everything you would as standard (eg. a list of ingredients, how to use and store the product safely, its use-by date, and so on).
  • Offer telephone support, which can be therapy-specific – such as how to use essential oils safely in a diffuser – or just general. Because of the very nature of social distancing, some clients may prefer to simply chat with you than use technology. Never underestimate the power of listening and if it becomes clear that they need more than an empathetic ear, you can signpost them to appropriate support and advice, including this Mind webpage, which is dedicated to supporting mental wellbeing during the coronavirus.
  • As you would with any face-to-face treatment, make sure you log everything on the client’s records/notes. This would include the type of support you offered, any products you sent or recommend, aftercare advice, client feedback, verbal consent from the client, and so on.

If you are unsure whether your remote support would be covered for FHT membership and insurance purposes, please contact us at info@fht.org.uk for guidance.

A note on the money front

There are strong indications that the government will shortly be announcing further financial support for the self-employed affected by the coronavirus. While we know that many of you will be providing your clients with remote support free of charge, if you were looking to charge for these services, it may affect your eligibility to apply for certain types of government support.

Stay in touch! 

If you are offering remote support to your clients that meets the criteria above, please send us a short write-up – we’d love to share our members’ stories online to inspire others! Please email FHT’s deputy editor, Leanne Sheill, at lsheill@fht.org.uk