College of Medicine launches its October Complementary Medicine Roundup

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The College of Medicine has recently published its October Complementary Medicine roundup.

Written by former barrister Richard Eaton and published quarterly, the roundup is packed with a wealth of information on the latest developments in complementary therapy, from evidence-base and advocacy, to changes in legislation and current challenges.

In the October edition Richard looks at healthcare policy, who is receiving CAM and why, the demand for complementary therapies, the appointment of Christopher Byrne as FHT President, along with the latest research and lots more.

To keep up to date, you can sign up to receive the roundup by email on the College of Medicine’s website

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Winners of new Complementary Therapy Awards announced

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The FHT was proud to be involved in the presentation of the inaugural Complementary Therapy Awards, which took place on 18 October at a special celebratory lunch held in London.

Organised by Chamberlain Dunn, these new, independent awards aim to celebrate practitioners, teams and advocates who are enhancing the health and wellbeing of others through a variety of initiatives that focus on an integrated approach to patient-centred care.

As platinum sponsor, FHT’s Governing Council and staff enjoyed working closely with organisers, Chamberlain Dunn, throughout the development and promotion of these new awards, from offering guidance on the different awards categories, through to supporting the shortlisting and judging process, and presenting the FHT Award for Complementary Therapy Research on the day.

The winners of the Complementary Therapy Awards 2018 are:

Overall Winner

Angie Buxton-King (Director, Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust)

‘Integrating healing into hospitals and hospices’

The Award for Prevention and Self-Care

Roberta Meldurm (Director, The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living)

‘Positive Movement – a wellbeing programme for older people’

The Award for Cancer Care

Angie Buxton-King (Director, Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust)

‘Integrating healing into hospitals and hospices’

The Award for Palliative Care

Elaine Cooper (Clinical Lead Specialist Complementary Therapies) and Rachel Clark

Lead Complementary Therapist Palliative Care), Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

‘25 years – Complementary therapies in NHS palliative care’

The FHT Award for Complementary Therapy Research

Nicola Brough (Clinic Director, Torus Wellbeing Clinic) and Sarah Stewart-Brown (Professor and Chair of Public Health, University of Warwick)

‘Development and validation of the Warwick Holistic Health Questionnaire (WHHQ): assessing changes in health and wellbeing of Craniosacral Therapy/CAM users’

The Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Naji Malak (Co-founder and CEO, Stand Easy Military Support)

‘Stand Easy Military Support’

Special mention: Nicolle Mitchell, Holistic Massage Practitioner, FHT Member and FHT Accredited Training Provider – Massage for dementia

The Award for Pain Management, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

Gina Reinge (Sports Therapist, The Reinge Clinic)
‘Adhesive arachnoiditis case study’

The Award for Furthering Integrated Healthcare

Gwyn Featonby (Education Lead and FHT Accredited Course Provider) and Julie Crossman (Complementary Therapy Lead and FHT Member), NHS Natural Health School

‘Harrogate Hospital NHS complementary therapies in cancer service’

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FHT President Christopher Byrne  presents the The FHT Award for Complementary Therapy Research to Nicola Brough

 

Christopher Byrne, President of the FHT, was involved in shortlisting two of the Complementary Therapy Awards categories, including The FHT Award for Complementary Therapy Research. ‘The FHT has been at the forefront of promoting high standards in therapy training and practice for more than 50 years, which is why we were extremely proud to support  these new awards,’ says Christopher. ‘In addition to our own FHT Excellence Awards, which have been celebrating success for eight years, these Complementary Therapy Awards will help to bring further recognition to the important role professional therapists have to play in not just supporting the pubic, but also the integrated healthcare agenda as a whole, which is one of FHT’s key objectives.

‘Our heart-felt congratulations to all of the winners and finalists, but we would like to give a special mention to those who are FHT Members, FHT Accredited Course Providers or former FHT Excellence Award winners – namely Kelly De Souza, Gywn Featonby, Julie Crossman, Dr Julie McCullough, Nicolle Mitchell, Zoe Warner and Dr Carol Samuel – as well as the winners of The FHT Award for Complementary Therapy Research, Nicola Brough and Professor Stewart-Brown.

More information can be found in Chamberlain Dunn’s official Complementary Therapy Awards 2018 Winners’ Guide and the FHT will be featuring the winners in International Therapist magazine – look out for future issues.

Complementary Therapy Awards shortlist announced

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A big ‘Congratulations!’ to all those who have made it through to the finals of the 2018 Complementary Therapy Awards, sponsored by the FHT.

The finalists were announced by event organisers, Chamberlain Dunn, on 12 September and we’re delighted that a number of FHT members, FHT accredited course providers and former FHT Excellence Award winners have been shortlisted, including:

  • Kelly De Souza, MFHT, senior holistic therapist, Willowbrook Hospice (shortlisted for The Award for Prevention and Self-Care)
  • Gwyn Featonby and Julie Crossman, NHS Natural Health School (shortlisted for The Award for Cancer Care)
  • Dr Julie McCullough, MFHT, reflexologist and research associate at Ulster University (shortlisted for The FHT Award for Complementary Therapy Research)
  • Nicolle Mitchell, MFHT, specialist in massage for dementia (shortlisted for The Award in Mental Health and Well-being)
  • Zoe Warner, founder of Therapies4Forces (shortlisted for The Award for Mental Health and Well-being)
  • Dr Carol Samuel, FFHT, reflexologist and training provider (shortlisted for The Award for Pain Management, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation)

The winners will be announced at a special awards lunch celebration on 18 October in London.

For more information and to see a list of all of the awards finalists, visit complementarytherapyawards.co.uk

Awards recognise the contribution of therapists working in pain management and palliative care

Complementary Therapy Awards

Sponsored by the FHT, the Complementary Therapy Awards aim to acknowledge the success, innovation and best practice of complementary therapists. Whether you help clients manage a chronic condition, illness, or support general wellbeing, award organisers Chamberlain Dunn would like to hear from you.

In this blog post we take a look at two of this year’s categories, the Award for Palliative Care and the Award for Pain Management, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation.

Palliative care: improving the quality of life

Complementary therapies can improve quality of life, sleep and pain management in those receiving palliative and end of life care. Some therapists will also show the patient’s close friend or relative some gentle techniques, so that they can have a productive and comforting role to play at this crucial time, which can otherwise leave them feeling helpless.

The award for palliative care is about showcasing how therapies are helping people receiving palliative or end of life care, as well as their families and carers. Entries for this category so far include therapies such as reflexology, reiki, massage, aromatherapy, Bowen and story massage.

So whether you are an individual practitioner or working as part of a bigger team, please feel free to enter. Or you might be someone who has experience of how complementary therapies have helped a friend or family member and want to help the practitioner get recognition for their work.

Pain: offering relief and support

Pain has a huge impact on every aspect of a person’s daily life and also on the lives of those around them. People living with pain will undoubtedly experience fear, frustration, loneliness and isolation at some point, this on top of living and coping with pain. Pain management is one of the most under-funded services in the NHS and yet is one of the most common, debilitating and potentially life-changing conditions.

Across the UK complementary therapies are offering relief and support for sufferers, whether that is in pain management, injury prevention or rehabilitation. Chamberlain Dunn is seeking applications from therapists who are helping to improve pain perception and pain management. Entries for this category include therapists successfully offering osteopathy, remedial and sports massage, myofascial therapy and reflexology.

Deadlines

FHT members will receive free entry if they apply before 31 July. Before submitting your entry please contact Chamberlain Dunn at rachael@chamberdunn.co.uk or 0208 33 44 500 for a ‘discount code’ to enter at the checkout.

Any entries after the above date will cost £45 each and need to be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 3 September.

Find out more or enter the awards

Radio interview – Jennifer Young and Dr Michael Dixon featured on Yes To Life Show

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As the headline sponsor of Chamberlain Dunn’s Complementary Therapy Awards, the FHT has been invited to put forward industry experts to promote the health benefits of complementary therapy on UK Health Radio.

This Sunday, tune in and hear FHT accredited course provider, Jennifer Young, being interviewed by Robin Daly on UK Health Radio’s ‘Yes To Life Show’. Founder of Beauty Despite Cancer, Jennifer talks to Robin about developing a range of natural skincare products for people affected by cancer, setting up an appearance and wellbeing clinic based in a major London hospital, and developing specialist training for therapists.

As part of the same show, Robin also talks to Dr Michael Dixon, GP and Chair of the College of Medicine, who is a strong advocate of preventative medicine, healthy living and integrated health care. Among other topics, they discuss Dr Dixon’s unique practice in Devon, social prescribing, and why complementary therapies are important to the health service. As Dr Dixon tells Robin in the interview, ‘In the future, as we start to expand our view of what local health involves and who needs to be included in that, I think complementary medicine will become a major influence – not only in terms of individual treatment, but also in terms of improving local health within our communities’.

The interview will be aired at 2am on Sunday 15 July on UK Health Radio – but don’t worry if you’ll be tucked up in bed! The interview will be repeated throughout the week at different times each day and then made available on demand, on Robin Daly’s webpage

Enjoy listening and please share this news item with others who support integrated healthcare!

Hear more from Jennifer and Dr Dixon at FHT’s Annual Conference in November

We’re delighted to announce that Jennifer and Dr Dixon will also be speaking at our FHT Conference: Supporting the Integrated Healthcare Agenda at The King’s Fund, London, this November. More details will be announced soon in International Therapist and on our website and blog, so watch this space…

Radio interview – reflexology and pain management

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As the headline sponsor of Chamberlain Dunn’s Complementary Therapy Awards, the FHT has been invited to put forward industry experts to promote the health benefits of complementary therapy on UK Health Radio.

This week, tune in and hear FHT Excellence Award Winner (2014), Dr Carol Samuel, FFHT, talk to Dr Vijay Murthy about the potential role of reflexology in pain management on his popular radio show, Unlock Your Health.

As part of her PhD, Carol carried out research into the effects of reflexology on pain. The results of her exploratory study, published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, indicated that reflexology increased acute pain threshold and tolerance.

The interview will be aired at 2am this Wednesday on UK Health Radio – but don’t worry if you’ll be tucked up in bed! The interview will be repeated throughout the week at different times each day and then made available on demand, on Dr Vijay Murphy’s webpage

Enjoy listening and please share this news item with fellow therapists and reflexology fans!

Radio interview and short video promote the FHT and new Complementary Therapy Awards

As well as running our own 2018 FHT Excellence Awards, this year we are delighted to be supporting the new Complementary Therapy Awards, organised by Chamberlain Dunn.

As platinum sponsor of these awards, the FHT is working closely with their media partner, UK Health Radio, to provide expert guests to talk about the many benefits of complementary therapy.

In the first of these radio interviews, Janey Lee Grace interviews FHT President Paul Battersby about what complementary therapies have to offer, if they are safe, what to look for when choosing a therapist, and more.

In addition, the FHT has produced a short video, explaining how supporting the new Complementary Therapy Awards will not only help to demonstrate best practice, but also highlight the important role therapists can play in creating a more sustainable healthcare system.

Listen to Paul Battersby’s interview with Janey Lee Grace >>

Enter the FHT’s Excellence Awards and Complementary Therapy Awards >>