FHT announces 2018 Excellence Awards Finalists

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We are delighted to announce the finalists for our prestigious 2018 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
Robert Sylvester Coleman
Julie Crossman
Kelly De Souza
Jackie Grimley
Marc Johnson
Julie McCullough
Nicolle Mitchell
Jane Sheehan

FHT Sports Therapist of the Year
Sheree Phelps
Nefeli Tsiouti
Sophie Vowden

FHT Student of the Year
Teresa Elliott
Brian Jauncey

FHT Tutor of the Year
Maureen Bonner
Gwyn Featonby
Dawn Morse
Sharon Mountford
Jane Sheehan

FHT Local Support Group Coordinator or the Year

Alison Brown
Kim Newman-Clark

Christopher Byrne, FHT President and awards judge, said: ‘Having looked through all of this year’s entries during the shortlisting process, we were once again really impressed by the calibre of those who entered, along with the diverse range of services and support they offer. Good luck to our finalists and keep up the excellent work.’

The winners of the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards will be announced at a special FHT Conference to be held at The King’s Fund, London, on Thursday 29 November, where guests will be able to hear from leading experts in education, research and integrated healthcare (see fht.org.uk/2018-conference for more details). Tickets start from just £65 but spaces are limited – book now to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of early bird prices.


Influential GP to speak at 2018 FHT Conference

Conference Michael DixonWe are pleased that Dr Michael Dixon will be a speaker at the 2018 FHT Conference in November.

An influential figure in healthcare, Dr Dixon is a GP, Chairman of the College of Medicine, a visiting professor at University College London and the University of Westminster, and an appointed government adviser on GP commissioning.

Dr Dixon is the national clinical lead for social prescribing (NHS England), and has been offering primary care patients support in the community for many years from his practice in Devon. He is a strong advocate of preventative medicine, healthy living and integrated healthcare, supporting lifestyle interventions and complementary and traditional approaches.

In his talk at the FHT Conference, Dr Dixon will provide an overview of the current health and social care landscape, and discuss the different challenges and opportunities this presents for the successful integration of complementary therapies into mainstream care.

Read more about Dr Dixon and social prescribing.

About the FHT Conference

The conference will take place on Thursday 29 November at The King’s Fund in the heart of London’s West End and feature a host of talks presented by leading experts in research, education and integrated healthcare. Read more

Book your tickets here* or call 023 8062 4350


* Early bird ticket prices are available until 31 August

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.


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

FHT’s International Therapist magazine shortlisted for excellence award

The FHT is thrilled at today’s announcement that International Therapist has been shortlisted for the Best Association Magazine category of the Association Excellence Awards 2018.

The awards, organised by GCN Events, aim to ‘recognise and reward the hard-won achievements of UK trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations [and] highlight excellence in how these operate and serve their members’.

Karen Young, FHT’s Editor and Communications Manager, said: ‘We’re all incredibly excited that International Therapist has been listed as a finalist in these prestigious awards. It’s a real testament to everyone involved in producing the magazine, not least our members, whose contributions and feedback helps us to shape International Therapist, ensuring it remains topical and one of the most highly respected publications for professional therapists.’

Fingers crossed for 12 October, when the winners will be announced! We’ll be sure to keep members informed.

Radio interview – massage for people with dementia

Nicolle Mitchell Radio

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, FHT member and accredited course provider, Nicolle Mitchell, talked to Duncan Ellison about how massage and positive touch can benefit those affected by dementia on his popular digital radio show, The Therapy Suite.

Widely regarded as an expert in her field, Nicolle received an FHT Excellence Award in 2012 for developing a specialist course that enables massage therapists, healthcare professionals and carers to connect confidently with people living with dementia through meaningful touch, helping to reduce anxiety, increase wellbeing and improve quality of life.

The interview was recently aired on UK Health Radio as part of a ‘Dementia Special’ and is available on demand, on Duncan Ellison’s webpage

Enjoy listening and please share this news item with interested colleagues, friends and family.

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!

Excellence in education

Education awards

Have you helped a student therapist reach their full potential?

Perhaps, you taught a student lacking in confidence, who didn’t feel very capable in a classroom, but was transformed into a high achiever when they discovered their passion for therapies?

Are you a student therapist who has overcome seemingly impossible odds to excel in education?

Has an inspirational colleague really raised the bar in therapy education?

Do you work as part of a team that has transformed the way that students are taught therapies, leading to unprecedented results?

Maybe you study with a student leader, who has not only succeeded on a personal level, but has helped you and your fellow classmates raise the standard of your work?

Have you been inspired by a training provider who went beyond what was required of them to ensure your educational success?

If any of the above sounds familiar, or if you have an equivalent therapy success story, we’d love to hear from you. We will be celebrating the wonderful work and achievements of our members, student members and training providers at the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards.

Hear from previous winners

In 2013 Amanda Brooks, MFHT, was named FHT Tutor of the Year for bringing dedication and passion into her teaching. One of her students said, ‘Amanda has all the expected qualities of a tutor deserving of a nomination; she is kind, dedicated, available, supportive and an excellent communicator. But what sets Amanda apart from other outstanding tutors is she strives to adapt her teaching style for each individual student to make sure everyone in the class gets the best possible outcome for the time they invest in their studies.’

Last year’s FHT Student of the Year, Stacey Radcliffe, performed exceptionally well in her studies, while dealing with the loss of loved ones and breast cancer. Anyone would be forgiven for stepping back from their studies but Stacey worked diligently towards her goal, not letting serious ill-health or tragedy prevent her from achieving what she set out to do.

Stacey commented on her award win, saying, ‘I feel so honoured, proud and humbled to accept this award. I am truly overwhelmed and so grateful for the support, kindness and empathy that I have been shown, by my family, friends, tutors, peers and the FHT. This award is the perfect end to completing my degree and I am so excited to see where this takes me in my next chapter as a fully qualified complementary therapist’.

Award categories

You can self-nominate, or put forward an inspirational colleague or team, for one of the following categories (click for entry criteria):

Closing date 30 June, 2018

Click here to enter