FHT award winner profile: Stacey Radcliffe

Stacey Radcliffe, won the title of 2017 FHT Student Therapist of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards ceremony.

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The award was presented to Stacey at a prestigious FHT Excellence Awards Dinner held at the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, on 17 November. Organised by the FHT, the Excellence Awards aim to bring much deserved recognition to high-calibre practitioners, students and tutors working in the fields of complementary therapy and integrated healthcare.

Stacey was nominated for the award by one of her tutors, Gemma Jones, while studying for a BSc (Hons) in Complementary Therapies in Healthcare at Glyndŵr University.

Stacey was selected as the winner of the FHT Student of the Year category in recognition of not just her academic performance, but also for her drive and commitment to complete her studies, despite facing exceptional personal setbacks throughout her degree course. Following a breast cancer diagnosis, Stacey underwent numerous gruelling treatments, including chemotherapy, a single then double mastectomy, and corrective surgery after a failed breast reconstruction. In addition, Stacey lost her mother, as well as a fourth child, just before she was born, who was diagnosed with a rare condition called Edward’s Disease.

As awards judge and FHT Vice President, Jonathan Hobbs, commented: ‘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. All this while maintaining a positive approach to her studies, engaging with all of the course activities, carrying  out voluntary treatments and also being a wife and devoted mother of three.’

Stacey now works as a self-employed complementary therapist and has been providing treatments at St Kentigern Hospice, St Asaph, for over a year, offering support to people with active, progressive or advanced illness.

Speaking about her win, Stacey says: ‘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’.

For more information about the FHT Excellence Awards and previous winners, click here

FHT award winner profile: Anne-Marie Rose

Anne-Marie Rose, MFHT, was named Highly Commended FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards ceremony.

2017 FHT Excellence Awards Anne-Marie Rose

The award was presented to Anne-Marie at a prestigious FHT Excellence Awards Dinner held at the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, on 17 November. Organised by the FHT, the Excellence Awards aim to bring much deserved recognition to high-calibre practitioners, students and tutors working in the fields of complementary, sports and holistic beauty therapy.

Anne-Marie set up her therapy business, Rose Holistic Treatments, in May 2015, where she specialises in massage and reflexology.  She was awarded Highly Commended Complementary Therapist of the Year in recognition of the excellent client service she provides to the Bath community.

As well as running a thriving private practice where she helps clients with a wide range of health needs, Anne-Marie also runs a reflexology service for the clients of VOICES, a charity that supports survivors of domestic abuse and violence. A representative from the charity commented on Anne-Marie’s award nomination: ‘We have received very positive feedback about Anne-Marie’s sensitive and professional approach, and her ability to help people feel that they are in a safe and confidential space. I can’t recommend her work highly enough and we hope to continue using her services, which we feel are a real benefit to people who have faced, and continue to face, very challenging situations with very few opportunities for self-care and relaxation.’

Her passion for helping others has also seen Anne-Marie treating elderly clients at a local residential home, and providing free therapy sessions to carers of people with mental health issues and terminal cancer. On top of this, she also finds time to offer business advice to other therapists in her area, to help them promote and build their own business.

Speaking about her win, Anne-Marie says: ‘I am delighted to win this award as it is recognition of all my hard work and efforts to build a successful therapy business that supports both the local community and charities.’

For more information about the FHT Excellence Awards and previous winners, click here

President’s Award Profile: Professor George Lewith

In memory of Professor George Lewith – for outstanding contribution to the integrated healthcare

Prof George Lewith1A qualified physician and Professor of Health Research, the late Professor George Lewith was the first doctor in England to receive specialist training in Complementary Medicine. Between 1980 and 2010, he set up and partnered the largest practice of integrated medicine in the UK, with NHS contracts in both Southampton and London. In an obituary published in British Medical Journal, it was commented that, ‘George gained much pleasure from seeing and treating patients and was passionate about treating them as a whole, with great emphasis on holistic care. Thousands of patients feel indebted to George for the compassionate, often life changing, treatment they received.’

Alongside being a practitioner of acupuncture, nutritional and herbal medicine and homeopathy techniques up until 2011, he was also a founder member and trustee of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine in 1982. He also established the Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit at the University of Southampton in 1995, and founded the annual conference on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Strategies, Training, Research and New Developments – or CAMSTRAND, for short. He was a prominent researcher in the CAM field, and passionate about the importance of building the scientific evidence base for complementary medicine. Indeed, he had more than 350 peer review papers published, and raised more than £5 million in research funding – a huge accomplishment, by anyone’s standards.

 

President’s Award Profile – Gill Morris

Business and beauty therapy expert, Gill Morris, has received an FHT President’s Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the beauty therapy industry

gill morrisGill is highly respected in the beauty therapy industry, which she has been involved in for more than 35 years.

Initially training at North Warwickshire College in Nuneaton, she was among the first wave of students to receive an IHBC (International Health and Beauty Council) qualification in beauty therapy and electrolysis.

For the first two and a half years of her professional career, Gill worked in a beauty salon carrying out a range of treatments. However her employer was an electrolysis specialist and her passion for the subject rubbed off onto Gill. She became an expert in this treatment while running her own beauty salons, before going on to work for Ellisons then Sterex, where she was heavily involved in research and product development. This included the development of the Sterex Blend epilator, which Gill considers one of her career highlights. She is also the author of three electrolysis training textbooks and one on retailing skills.

Today, Gill is the Director of Commercial Development for Sterex, Chair of the City & Guilds National Advisory Committee for Beauty and an international trainer and presenter – indeed, she has just returned from San Diego where she delivered a lecture on motivation at the American Electrology Association’s annual convention. Her lively and often humorous presentations, talks and lectures are universally acclaimed.

Other influential roles Gill has had within the beauty therapy industry over the years include being a founding and non-executive director of beauty standards setting organisation, Habia; one of the first Employer Champions whose role was to bring vocational education and businesses closer together; and an advisor to numerous colleges.

Gill was also one of the very first in the therapy industry to recognise the need to develop and deliver business training to salon owners and managers. As a chartered marketer with a passion for helping beauty therapists to succeed, she founded her own business consultancy and skills training company, GMT Business Training, which she ran for many years.

Gill is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a past member of the Professional Speaking Association and Global Speakers Federation.

Speaking about receiving this award, Gill says: ‘As someone who is usually presenting awards rather than receiving them, I was really quite shocked when I returned from California and heard the news! Obviously I am very passionate about the therapy industry and I’ve loved every moment of my career. And hopefully I’ve helped others along the way, too – but it’s still quite overwhelming when your work is recognised as outstanding by one of the oldest and most respected organisations in the industry. A huge thank you for this very special FHT President’s Award. I feel truly honoured.’

Paul Battersby, President of the FHT, says: ‘The FHT has been promoting the highest standards in therapy education and practice for more than 50 years. The President’s Award aims to recognise individuals who have spent the best part of their career striving towards the same objectives, and have enhanced our industry. Our congratulations to Gill – she is a truly deserving winner of this award.’

About the FHT Excellence Awards

The FHT Excellence Awards were first launched in 2011, to showcase the enterprising and innovative work being carried out on a daily basis by practising complementary, sports and holistic beauty therapists. The awards were also a valuable opportunity to inspire other therapists, to push forward the boundaries of best practice.

In 2012 the Excellence in Education awards category was added to the portfolio, as a natural extension to the existing awards, as so many members would talk about their inspirational teachers and outstanding students.

The FHT President’s Award is awarded to select individuals for their outstanding contribution to the therapy industry and/or integrated healthcare.

The 2017 FHT Excellence Awards were kindly sponsored by Psychologies Magazine, Shared Beauty Secrets and Zephorium.

We’re warming up for Therapy Expo!

Next month is the big finale for our 2017 events. 17 November sees us glamming it up at the FHT Excellence Awards at Leamington Spa’s Royal Pump Rooms, and immediately after that is our exhibition at Therapy Expo!

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Therapy Expo, which takes place at the NEC Birmingham on 22-23 November, promises to provide even more tools for therapy professional’s whose workloads and responsibilities continue to increase as they move further and further into front line positions, to support other healthcare professionals experiencing unprecedented pressure from all sides.

Attendees will be kept up-to-speed on the latest treatment techniques, clinic studies and will be able to tailor individual training paths from a comprehensive, cross specialty speaker line-up and hands-on skills training programmes covering sports injuries & biomechanics, neuro rehabilitation musculoskeletal and business.

The world class programme boasts over 50 hours of accredited CPD education which will allow attendees to secure the bulk of their annual CPD requirements in one go whilst catching up with peers and sharing best practice. Your conference pass will also gain you entry to the RockTape UK Movement Summit and the STA Annual Conference.

While the FHT Excellence Awards are sold out, you can still get tickets to Therapy Expo. Just follow this link to secure your place at our final event for 2017!

Fun and Flair at Olympia Beauty

We had an amazing time at Olympia Beauty this year, and want to thank everyone that came out to visit our stand, as well as welcome our new members that joined during the show!

There was so much to do and see at the show, including:

  • Salon & Spa Owners’ Club and Restaurant
  • The New Generation Beauty Influencer Awards 2017
  • Brush Wars Competition & Awards
  • The Lash Games Competition & Awards
  • Holistic Business Awards
  • Nailing Mental Health
  • The Nutrition & Wellbeing live stages
  • Nailympia London & Awards

It was also a great pleasure to sponsor the Nutrition & Wellbeing live stages, which featured a wide range of talks and demonstrations.

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Keep up-to-date with our upcoming events to find out what’s next!

The FHT is set to shine at Olympia Beauty

We’re wrapping up preparations for Olympia Beauty this weekend, and are really excited about exhibiting there!

In addition to our stand, we’re also sponsoring the Nutrition & Wellbeing Live stage. Launched in 2016, the stage was a huge success, supporting the growing trend for beauty from within. This year, offerings are being doubled with both a demonstration stage and a business stage, making sure there’s something for everyone.

Make sure you come and see us at stand D128, right next to the Nutrition & Wellbeing Live stage, grab a goody bag, and enter to win our fabulous prize draw. You can register for your free show entry by clicking here.

Not an FHT member? Olympia Beauty is the place to be. We’re offering 15% off our membership and insurance if you join at the show!

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