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

Action for Happiness promotes altruism this August


Action for Happiness hopes to spread selfless goodwill this month, with its ‘Altruistic August’ action calendar.

The movement publishes monthly calendars, offering daily affirmations on the theme of the respective month. ‘Altruistic August’ follows ‘Jump Back July’, ‘Joyful June’, ‘Meaningful May’, ‘Active April’, ‘Mindful March’, ‘Friendly February’ and ‘Happy January.’

Suggestions for this month include the following:

  • Decide to be kind to others (and yourself) every day.
  • Ask someone how they are and really listen to the reply.
  • Show support for a cause that doesn’t affect you directly.
  • When you buy one and get one free, give the extra item away.
  • Sign up to be an organ donor or give blood.

Download the calendar

Professional Standards Authority seeks registrants’ views on website

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The FHT runs the largest Accredited Register of complementary therapists to be independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

The Professional Standards Authority is currently reviewing its website and would welcome feedback and suggestions from those who are listed on the FHT’s Accredited Register.

If you have a few minutes, please browse the Professional Standards Authority’s website (, which contains information about regulation and the Accredited Registers programme, and complete their short survey.

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 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