Patient reported outcome measures

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Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) are tools that can be used by therapists to capture information about the services they provide, from the perspective of the client.

There are a number of different types of PROMs but most are in the form of a simple questionnaire, which is completed during the consultation process and can help to monitor change between treatments. For example, the client might be asked to choose one or two current concerns they have, and then rate these on a scale of 0 to 6. Depending on the individual, this could be the level of pain they are experiencing, or something else that is affecting their health, wellbeing or quality of life.

By recording this data, therapists can assess the changes in clients over time or after a specific number of treatments. This can help to provide evidence that a treatment plan is having the desired effect or, conversely, indicate that it may not be the most appropriate course of action for the client’s presenting problem.

The 2019 FHT member survey showed that 15% of FHT members are already using PROMs to monitor client or patient progress. Many of these therapists work in hospices, hospitals and other healthcare settings, where PROMs are often used to evaluate a complementary therapy service and hopefully demonstrate its value to those accessing treatment.

Examples of PROMS that can be used by therapists include MYMOP, MYCAW and WEMWBS, as well as the more recently developed WHHQ.

As a long-standing corporate member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare (PGIH), the FHT is supportive of the recommendation in its recently published Integrated Health report that ‘Complementary, traditional and natural healthcare associations should take steps to educate and advise their members about the use of Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profiles (MYMOP), and patient outcome measures should be collated by an independent central resource to identify for what conditions patients are seeking treatment, and with what outcomes’.

At present, the Research Council for Complementary Medicine is in discussions with the PGIH regarding independently collating and analysing patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) data gathered from members of complementary therapy associations, including the FHT.

The FHT will keep its members updated of any progress in future communications and at the 2019 FHT Conference at The King’s Fund, London, this November (see below).

Learn more about patient reported outcome measures at the 2019 FHT Conference

Dr John Hughes will be providing an overview of patient reported outcome measures at this year’s FHT Conference, including different types of PROMs that are client and therapist-friendly, the contexts where these can be used, benefits and limitations of PROMs, and how the data can be used to evaluate treatments and further integrated healthcare.

John is director of research for the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, UCLH NHS Trust, and co-chair of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM). He is also a visiting fellow within the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, University of Southampton, and works closely with the World Health Organisation on the subject of traditional medicine.

Find out more and book your tickets for the 2019 FHT Conference

2019 FHT Excellence Awards Finalists Announced

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The FHT is delighted to announce the finalists for its prestigious 2019 FHT Excellence Awards, which showcase how professional therapy practitioners and trainers are making a difference to those living and working in their local community.

This year’s FHT Excellence Awards finalists are:

 

FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year

Rebecca Ayres

Julie Crossman

Jackie Hamilton

Emi Howe

Lorraine Millard

Louise Summerscales

 

FHT Sports Therapist of the Year

Rebecca Ayres

Alexandra Fraser

Emily Pollington

 

FHT Beauty Therapist of the Year

Alison Day

Fiona Murphy

Joanna Taplin

 

FHT Student of the Year

Elle Bussey

Samantha Killian

Philip Norton

 

FHT Tutor of the Year

Katherine Creighton Crook

Marie Duggan

Carol Samuel

 

FHT Local Group Coordinator of the Year

Dee Kelsall

Carina Stinchcombe

Hazel Tudor

 

Christopher Byrne, FHT President, says: ‘Every year, without fail, the shortlisting process leaves our judges feeling truly humbled and privileged, as it gives us a unique insight into the amazing work our members are doing on a daily basis. Good luck to this year’s finalists and as always, keep up the excellent work. What you do matters.’

The winners of the 2019 FHT Excellence Awards will be announced at a special FHT Conference to be held at The King’s Fund, London, on Friday 29 November, where guests will be able to hear from leading experts in education, research and integrated healthcare (see fht.org.uk/conference  for more details). Tickets start from just £75 but spaces are limited – book now to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of early bird prices.

FHT event shortlisted for Association Excellence Award

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We are delighted to announce that the FHT has been shortlisted as finalists for this year’s Association Excellence Awards.

Following a very successful 2018 FHT Conference in November, at the King’s Fund in London, we join five other finalists, all hoping to win the excellence award for Best New Association Conference or Event.

The 2018 FHT Conference was a fantastic opportunity for us bring together leading experts in research, education, and health and social care to discuss some of the many ways professional therapists can help to support the public and health professionals, and share successful models of integrated care.

Held at The King’s Fund, London, the conference featured talks by researchers, Professor Nicola Robinson and Dr Julie McCullough; therapists working in integrated care, Jennifer Young and Anita Mehrez; as well as two of social prescription’s pioneering GPs, Sir Sam Everington and Dr Michael Dixon.

We look forward to hosting a conference again this year, which will be taking place at The King’s Fund, London, on Friday 29 November.

The conference will once again bring together leading experts in research, education and healthcare to explore the future of integrated health and social care. We will also be announcing the winners of our annual FHT Excellence Awards on the day – shining a spotlight on the different ways therapies can make a difference to the health and wellbeing of others.

Learn how you can be part of the integrated healthcare revolution

 

Three ways complementary therapists can help the NHS

After speaking to delegates at the 2019 FHT Training Congress, FHT member and Accredited course provider, Julie Crossman, spoke to us briefly about how complementary therapists can support the NHS.

Find out more about training opportunities with the FHT at fht.org.uk/training

College of Medicine announces dates for this year’s food conference

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Food on Prescription 2019 is the latest in a series of food conferences, run by the College of Medicine, that have become a leading UK event on food, lifestyle and medicine for all healthcare professionals, who want to create a healthier future for patients, communities and the nation.

Held on Thursday October 24 at the Royal Society of Medicine, the conference will focus on:

  1. The latest insight on the biome and the relationship of food to our major lifestyle conditions
  2. Supporting healthy eating throughout our communities and nation
  3. Transforming the clinician and patient relationship including the 10 min consultation
  4. Creating a stronger coalition of stakeholders to reverse the current situation whereby those who most need healthy food are the least likely to be able to either access it or want it.

The Conference will include presenters who represent some of the leading experts and leaders in food, lifestyle and medicine as well as senior politicians from the largest political parties.  As in previous years, it is a conference that will ‘walk the talk’ including a healthy lunch and positive interaction with the audience but with a sharp focus on bringing about effective change at every level.

Vist the College of Medicine website for more information and to book tickets

Announcing the 2019 FHT Conference

Following the success of last year’s conference, we’re delighted to announce that the 2019 FHT Conference will be taking place on Friday 29 November.

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The conference will once again bring together leading experts in research, education and healthcare to explore the future of integrated health and social care.

We will also be announcing the winners of our annual FHT Excellence Awards on the day – shining a spotlight on the different ways therapies can make a difference to the health and wellbeing of others.

The talks will cover:

  • Evaluating treatments using patient reported outcome measures (PROMs)
  • Integrated healthcare success stories
  • Creating a sustainable complementary therapy service in the NHS
  • Opportunities for therapists within the current health and care system
  • The therapist’s role in enhancing body image and body esteem in clients

The event will be held at The King’s Fund in the heart of London’s West End and will include a networking buffet lunch, drinks reception and refreshments.

Tickets are just £75 for FHT members (£95 for non-members) when you book before 31 August. After that date, tickets will be £85 for FHT members (£105 for non-members).

Learn more and book your ticket

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FHT pleased to sponsor Natural Health International Beauty Awards

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We recently helped Natural Health magazine celebrate the very best in holistic beauty by sponsoring its International Beauty Awards.

It was the perfect opportunity to raise the profile of FHT and our members to its readers over seven months of pre-awards promotion, at its awards event and in post-event communications.

FHT Vice President, Maria Mason (pictured above), was delighted to attend the event to celebrate the winners at the awards gala evening on Friday 5 July at the Hilton London Olympia hotel.

Maria was pleased to see the event place a strong emphasis on the importance of reducing plastic waste and sustainability:

‘FHT is delighted to sponsor these awards, as they shine a spotlight on innovative and natural products that are ideal for holistic beauty treatments. Organic, ethical and vegan brands are becoming increasingly important to both our members and the public, and these awards help to celebrate those at the forefront.’

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