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.

Social prescription a priority in Theresa May’s loneliness strategy

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UK prime minister Theresa May has pledged to increase social prescribing by making it a key part of the first government loneliness strategy. Set to be implemented by 2023, the strategy will also see £1.8m allocated for community-based projects.

The decision to make loneliness a health priority follows on from research in 2017 by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, the legacy of the late Labour MP, who was committed to addressing the growing health problem, as well as initiatives by councils, charities and health experts.

According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, 75% of GPs see between one and five patients every day who come in mainly because they are lonely. Under the new government plans, social prescription will allow GPs to refer patients to non-clinical services, including community cafés, gardening, creative activities, cooking and healthy eating, counselling, mindfulness and complementary therapies.

Theresa May believes that social prescription will improve quality of life and take pressure off the NHS. Social prescription has long been championed by the College of Medicine, whose chairman, vice presidents and other council members are amongst its leading innovators. This includes 2018 FHT Conference speakers, Dr Michael Dixon and Sir Sam Everington, who have been developing working models of social prescription for more than a decade.

We look forward to hearing more about social prescription at our 2018 FHT Conference next month, which is supported by the College of Medicine.

In addition, Westminster Forum Projects has planned a keynote seminar on the future of social prescribing in England, on 26 March 2019 – visit the Westminster Health Forum section of their website for more details and to book.


Win a free ticket to the new Integrative Health Convention


Organised by Dr Toh Wong and Dr Naveed Akhtar, the aim of the Integrative Health Convention is to provide a platform where complementary and medical practitioners can meet, share, teach, and learn from each other, to help themselves and others.

The convention takes place on Sunday 13 and Sunday 14 October, at Park Plaza Victoria London, where delegates can choose from more than 30 talks across both days, covering physical and psychological therapies, as well as business and marketing.

FHT members can enter a free prize draw to win one of five two-day tickets to the convention – simply email your full name, FHT membership number and post code to writing ‘Convention’ in the subject box by midnight, Sunday 7 October for a chance to win.*

For more information about the convention, visit

*Competition terms and conditions apply – FHT members can visit for full details. Winners will be notified by email on Monday 8 October, 2018. Please note that the personal data you provide the FHT in relation to any FHT prize draw or competition will not be shared with any third party, and will be erased three months after the closing date of the prize draw or competition. Where it is necessary to share your personal data with a third party (for example, to send a prize out to you, direct from the supplier), the FHT will contact you to ask for your express permission to share the minimum amount of personal data required to complete this task.

Sir Sam Everington set to speak at 2018 FHT Conference

Sam Everington.jpgWe are pleased to say that pioneering GP Sir Sam Everington will be joining us as a speaker at the 2018 FHT Conference next month.

Sir Sam Everington is a GP, chair of Tower Hamlet’s Clinical Commissioning Group, elected member of the British Medical Association’s Council, director of Community Health Partnerships, Honorary Professor of Queen Mary University of London and vice president of the College of Medicine and Queen’s Nursing Institute.

He believes that quality of life is the strongest determinant of good health and has been championing lifestyle changes, social prescription and care in the community for many years. He is part of the Bromley By Bow GP partnership, an innovative community organisation with more than 100 projects to support wider determinants of health, a subject he will discuss at the 2018 FHT Conference. For this he has developed a working model of social prescription, helping to support the community in Tower Hamlets, London, an area with high deprivation and poverty.

In addition, he co-founded the Tower Hamlets GP out of hours service and has published a number of articles on discrimination in the NHS, with Professor Aneez Esmail.

In 1999 he received an OBE for services to inner city primary care and a knighthood in 2015 for services to primary care. Sir Sam Everington was also the first medic to arrive at the scene of the 7/7 bombings in 2005.

Read more about 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



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FHT member wins first ever National Massage Championship

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FHT member, Mario De Sousa, has won the first ever National Massage Championship.

Mario competed over two days against more than 70 massage therapists, representing a wide-range of disciplines, including Thai, Swedish, remedial, freestyle and chair massage.

In the final Mario took on five incredibly skilled massage therapists, including FHT member Tamer Morsy, and was victorious after impressing expert judges with a 60-minute chair massage.

Also finishing first in the Chair Massage category, Mario says, ‘Winning the competition was a tremendous honour for me, and a pleasure to be surrounded by amazing people. My congratulations to the organisers, judges and therapists. Olympia Beauty was the perfect place for this.

‘As a therapist, I continually strive to improve my techniques, help those in need and inspire younger generations.’

Mario received a certificate and trophy, as well as a wealth of exclusive gifts from leading brands and recognition from industry peers.


Congratulations also to Tamer Morsy, who finished second in the SPA Wellness category and third place in Advanced Massage.

The judging panel was made up of nine industry experts, including FHT Vice President, Mary Dalgleish.

Mary says, ‘It was an honour to be invited to represent the FHT as a judge at the very first UK National Massage Championship. As well as having the opportunity to observe some of the best bodyworkers in action, it was great to connect in person with the other judges, who are all respected names in the CAM industry. City Lux Director Kate Tora and Carl Newbury from Massage World did a wonderful job of organising the event and have plans to make it even bigger and better next year.’

Reflexology researcher to speak at 2018 FHT Conference

Conference Julie McCulloughWe’re delighted to have Dr Julie McCullough join us as a speaker at the 2018 FHT Conference.

Dr McCullough is a research associate at Ulster University and has been a complementary therapist for the past 12 years. She has a degree in human nutrition and completed her PhD at Ulster University in 2015.

As part of her PhD, Dr McCullough joined scientists investigating the impact of antenatal reflexology on women experiencing stress caused by pregnancy-related low back and/or pelvic girdle pain. A range of treatment related outcomes were investigated in the randomised controlled trial, including pain management, stress hormone  levels, heart rate, blood pressure, intranatal outcomes and labour duration. The findings of The CAM in Pregnancy Trial were very positive, which Dr McCullough will discuss in her talk, along with what it was like to be involved in this research, as a complementary therapist, scientist and mother.

Dr McCullough has authored and co-authored 12 peer-reviewed research papers and is currently working on the ConnectEpeople Project, which aims to develop new research priorities by connecting families who have a child with a congenital anomaly, with researchers across Europe.

Read Dr McCullough’s article on her reflexology research

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



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FHT Vice President judges new Complementary Therapy Awards

Mary -  Comp Therapy Awards judge.jpgFHT Vice President, Mary Dalgleish, recently enjoyed judging the Complementary Therapy Awards 2018, organised by Chamberlain Dunn.

As headline sponsor, experts from the FHT have been supporting these new awards throughout the year, including the shortlisting and judging process.

Mary commented, ‘Being part of the judging panel was a great opportunity to learn more about the work of the individuals and projects shortlisted for the Complementary Therapy Awards. It’s always incredible to learn what a difference professional therapists are making, particularly in healthcare, and I look forward to seeing the winners receive their awards on 18 October.’

In addition to the Complementary Therapy Awards, Mary’s expertise has also been called on for judging the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards – which will be presented at the FHT Conference on 29 November – and the National Massage Championship, taking place at this year’s Olympia Beauty on 30 September and 1 October.