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

North Birmingham reiki

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!

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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

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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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