FHT local support group news: Hertfordshire hears about healthy eating

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We always look for ways to bring informative speakers to FHT members in the Hertfordshire area and sometimes we go a little further and work with local businesses and organisations, writes Hertfordshire LSG coordinator Jay Chandarana.

Recently, we got in touch with the owners of a new vegan place in town (Letchworth Garden City) and asked if they would like to present a talk on ‘How to eat healthy the vegan way’.

To our delight, the two brothers took our offer and helped us with promoting the event and using their premises. What a great cost saving. The evening was open to members and non-members. The talk was so inspiring and educational: it covered nutritional information on vegan foods that can cover the national healthy eating recommendations.

It gave information on how the brothers became vegan and, with the help of their mum, opened a vegan café.

The evening closed with some sample foods, such as pieces of jackfruit burger, smashed chickpea and mayonnaise sourdough sandwiches, and raw courgette and walnut crackers.

We hope you enjoyed this article, which was first published in the Autumn 2018 issue of International Therapist!

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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.

NHS doctor in the house for North Birmingham FHT Local Support Group

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The North Birmingham FHT Local Support Group welcomed Dr Sukhdev Singh at a recent meeting at the Cancer Support Centre in Sutton Coldfield, writes group coordinator Alison Clamp.

Dr Singh is an NHS consultant at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, who specialises in gastrointestinal complaints. He has many years’ experience in this field but has also trained in hypnotherapy, mindfulness and yoga. He is very interested in natural health and the importance of a positive outlook to health; at the hospital, he holds regular yoga and mindfulness classes.

During his hypnotherapy training, he became very aware of the importance of being listened to by someone with an open, loving heart and that was a large part of any treatment he could offer. His path in life led him to discover reiki and a therapist named Sandy Edwards. Sandy offered reiki in his clinic at Good Hope Hospital and Dr Singh often signposted patients to her that he felt could benefit from treatment. He expressed the frustration that doctors can feel when patients don’t respond to treatment and aren’t sure what to do next. These were the type of patients he referred to reiki.

Sandy managed to obtain funding for a seven-year study, during which reiki was offered to patients. Two research papers have so far been published on the study, ‘Experiences of healing therapy in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease’ (2015) and ‘A pragmatic randomised controlled trial of healing therapy in a gastroenterology outpatient setting’ (2017).

The Cancer Support Centre offers many therapies, and some service users attended the meeting. They endorsed the therapies, saying how they improved wellbeing and quality of life for themselves and their families.

The evening concluded with an interesting discussion on the role of complementary therapies in mainstream medicine and around the cause of illnesses in general. Dr Singh asserted that people in general get ill because of toxic relationships, poor food and lack of exercise.

We hope you enjoyed this article, which was first published in the Summer 2018 issue of International Therapist!

International Therapist is the FHT’s membership magazine. Published on a quarterly basis, it offers a broad range of articles – from aromatherapy and electrolysis, to sports injuries and regulation updates. The magazine is a membership benefit and is not available off-the-shelf or by subscription.

Join today to start receiving the leading magazine for professional therapists.

FHT member awarded for contribution to the NHS

Cavell Star awardCongratulations to FHT member, Jane Tomlinson-Wightman. Jane has received a Cavell Star Award, recognition for driving complementary therapy services within the NHS.

Cavell Star Awards are given to nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who show exceptional care to their colleagues, patients or patients’ families.

A reflexologist and Lead Midwife for Safe Active Birth at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), Jane was nominated by her team for her dedication to the wellbeing of patients and colleagues.

Jane introduced the use of complementary therapies within the UHMBT, offering reflexology, aromatherapy and massage to colleagues and women using maternity services. She even attended college classes after full shifts to learn as much as she could about how complementary therapies could be beneficial within the NHS.

Speaking of her award win, Jane said,  ‘I’m very proud to win the award. Coming from my colleagues, it really means a lot to me. Sometimes we don’t stop and set time aside to care enough for each other. We carry on giving regardless, during times of work pressures with often stressful situations, but even a smile and a small act of kindness can make all the difference to someone’s day, can’t it?

‘My colleagues mean a lot to me, together we cannot do the job we do without the support of each other. And I just feel I’m giving my gratitude back to my team through offering them these therapies. If we look after our staff members, they in turn will feel willing and able to provide the best possible care for our women and families within maternity services.’

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FHT accredited course provider shares the benefits of complementary therapies with schools in Zambia

FHT accredited course provider, Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT), recently sent a team to Zambia for its Global Project 2018.

FRT’s Lorraine Senior, MFHT, and Janet Hardman shared the benefits of different therapy techniques with children and adults in schools in the towns of Siavonga, Mazabuka and Choma. This follows on from Lorraine and Janet’s 2017 trip to the southern African nation, when they shared information about the benefits of reflexology and shared the FRT rainbow relaxation routine with St Mulumba school in Choma.

Speaking to the FHT, Lorraine said, ‘What a privilege to share skills with children and adults and have the opportunity to work in three schools, travelling many miles throughout July. We worked with the children in the classrooms and shared simple skills with staff and pupils, as well as older siblings, parents and grandparents who came in from outlying villages.’

FHT member interviewed for the Dungannon Herald

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FHT member, Jackie Grimley, has recently been featured in the Dungannon Herald as the subject of ‘The Big Interview’.

Jackie told journalist Annmay McNally about her career journey, her recent Families First Northern Ireland Healthcare Provider Award win, and how helping other people is central to her role as a complementary therapist.

Jackie’s commitment to helping others also extends to fellow therapists, as she is the South Tyrone FHT Local Support Group Coordinator. Speaking about this role, Jackie told the Dungannon Herald:

‘Since the group started I have arranged monthly meetings where we have heard from speakers like Josephine Gallagher (Angel Sanctuary), Dr Aileen O’Kane (All illness begins in the gut) and Trudy Arthurs to name a few.

‘These meetings have proved to be a popular and light-hearted way to connect, learn and share with local therapists.

‘It has been rewarding for me, as it provides a platform for therapists to discuss any concerns they may have, and helps spread the word on what is happening in the world of holistic therapies.

‘My aim for these meetings is to help take away that fear of loneliness as it is my belief that together we really are stronger and have a lot to offer.’

Read Jackie’s full interview in the Dungannon Herald

Find out more about FHT Local Support Groups

FHT member wins award for best healthcare provider

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FHT member Jackie Grimley has won the Best Healthcare Provider award at the Families First Awards, held earlier this month in Belfast.

Jackie was put forward for the award by clients of her therapy business, Serenity Holistics, where she specialises in reflexology.

Delighted with the win, Jackie told the FHT, ‘I am really blown away by this news. For me the award means a lot but it is also an opportunity to work together with other therapists and spread the word on behalf of our industry – to show what we can offer and what we can do for our clients.

‘My clients are amazing and hold great trust in me, as I do in them. You really meet the most amazing and kind people in this job, and it is wonderful that what we do makes a difference to their lives.’

Jackie is also the coordinator of the South Tyrone FHT Local Support Group, a role which she enjoys. Jackie says, ‘I love to help other therapists, even in simple ways, such as advice with logo designs, about business premises, rent etc. It is better to work together in this world, that way you get more done. I hope that winning this award will push other therapists to believe in their therapy work and keep doing what they love to do.’

 

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