2019 FHT Excellence Awards Finalists Announced

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The FHT is delighted to announce the finalists for its prestigious 2019 FHT Excellence Awards, which showcase how professional therapy practitioners and trainers are making a difference to those living and working in their local community.

This year’s FHT Excellence Awards finalists are:


FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year

Rebecca Ayres

Julie Crossman

Jackie Hamilton

Emi Howe

Lorraine Millard

Louise Summerscales


FHT Sports Therapist of the Year

Rebecca Ayres

Alexandra Fraser

Emily Pollington


FHT Beauty Therapist of the Year

Alison Day

Fiona Murphy

Joanna Taplin


FHT Student of the Year

Elle Bussey

Samantha Killian

Philip Norton


FHT Tutor of the Year

Katherine Creighton Crook

Marie Duggan

Carol Samuel


FHT Local Group Coordinator of the Year

Dee Kelsall

Carina Stinchcombe

Hazel Tudor


Christopher Byrne, FHT President, says: ‘Every year, without fail, the shortlisting process leaves our judges feeling truly humbled and privileged, as it gives us a unique insight into the amazing work our members are doing on a daily basis. Good luck to this year’s finalists and as always, keep up the excellent work. What you do matters.’

The winners of the 2019 FHT Excellence Awards will be announced at a special FHT Conference to be held at The King’s Fund, London, on Friday 29 November, where guests will be able to hear from leading experts in education, research and integrated healthcare (see fht.org.uk/conference  for more details). Tickets start from just £75 but spaces are limited – book now to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of early bird prices.

Five natural approaches to travel complaints

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FHT Vice President Mary Dalgleish recently shared her five favourite natural travel companions to keep you healthy with calm moment readers.

Mary talks about Sea-Bands for travel sickness and tummy trouble, neroli essential oil for anxiety, blends to repel mosquitoes, hydrosols to soothe the skin and lavender for jet lag.

Mary also shares important safety tips for essential oils and advises readers that they can find a qualified, insured and professional aromatherapist in their area at www.fht.org.uk

Read the full article

New in the reading room

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In the reading room: Senior lecturer and therapist, Dr Fiona Holland, looks at what language used in marketing materials says about body image (First published in International Therapist, Issue 118, Autumn 2016.)

Fiona says, ‘I’ve spent many years researching body image, body shaming, body esteem and well-being and feel strongly that to be equitable and ethical, all professions should adopt a philosophy where everyone is equally welcomed and treated with respect regardless of age, gender, size, shape, health status, race, socioeconomic status, religious belief, ability and appearance.’

Learn more about body image at the 2019 FHTConference

A senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Derby, Fiona supports students in modules and research projects that link with health and wellbeing. Fiona qualified as a massage therapist in 1997 and ran her own massage and wellbeing practice in the USA. Her research interests include behaviour change, body esteem, breast cancer and body image, and the benefits of wellbeing interventions on psychological health.

Fiona will give an overview of the impact of negative body image across different populations and outline the benefits of developing and maintaining body esteem. She will outline ways therapists can reinforce positive body image and esteem and will give delegates practical guidance in how to do this. Fiona will encourage delegates to consider creating a pro-esteem environment to benefit wellbeing and promote healthier self-talk and body-supportive behaviours.

Find out more and book your place

Jennifer Young & Beauty Despite Cancer joins forces with Cancer Research UK

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FHT Accredited course provider, Jennifer Young, has announced a pioneering collaboration between Cancer Research UK and Jennifer Young & Beauty Despite Cancer.

The Jennifer Young Skincare Collections are formulated to combat some of the side-effects of treatment for cancer, such as dry, sore, sensitive, flaking skin; chapped lips; and brittle nails. The products were created with the help of those affected by cancer and their healthcare teams.

On 30 August 2019 at the Cancer Research UK premium store in Marylebone, London, Jennifer and her team will be offering skin, nail and wellbeing advice, mini treatments and workshops, promoting rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. The event is not just for those currently undergoing cancer treatment, all are welcome to join one of the complimentary workshops, receive a free massage or call in for a chat.

Workshop Timetable

11:00 – 11:45 Mini manicures and hand massage

12:00 – 12:45 Nail workshop

13:00 – 13:45 Hand massage

14:15 – 15:00 Nail workshop

15:15 – 16:00 Head, neck and shoulder massage (through clothes)

In addition to free workshops, Jennifer Young & Beauty Despite Cancer is offering a free gift worth £20, exclusive to this event, with product purchases of £30 or over.

Jennifer is delighted to have opportunity to provide further support to the many already helped by Cancer Research UK.

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Jennifer says, ‘I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone in Marylebone in August. It is always an honour to help people regain some normality as they undergo or recover from cancer treatment. Women don’t stop being women when they are diagnosed but, often, their sensitive skin means that they are no longer able to enjoy their usual skincare products. We can help, not only by providing high quality, specialist skincare but by giving well-researched advice. We don’t only help ladies, I hope men, women and children call into the Cancer Research UK premium store in Marylebone on 30 August. We have something for everyone. After all, who doesn’t like a free bespoke massage and manicure?’

Cancer Research UK is the world’s largest cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Its vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. In addition to researching cures for cancer, Cancer Research UK is committed to improving the lives of those affected by cancer. One way the charity does this is via its range of cancer care products available to buy from the Cancer Research UK online shop.

Among a range of cancer care products including mastectomy underwear and swimwear, the online shop contains a carefully curated collection of Jennifer Young specialist skin, nail and lip care products, formulated to help those going through cancer treatment feel a little more comfortable and pampered.

FHT event shortlisted for Association Excellence Award

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We are delighted to announce that the FHT has been shortlisted as finalists for this year’s Association Excellence Awards.

Following a very successful 2018 FHT Conference in November, at the King’s Fund in London, we join five other finalists, all hoping to win the excellence award for Best New Association Conference or Event.

The 2018 FHT Conference was a fantastic opportunity for us bring together leading experts in research, education, and health and social care to discuss some of the many ways professional therapists can help to support the public and health professionals, and share successful models of integrated care.

Held at The King’s Fund, London, the conference featured talks by researchers, Professor Nicola Robinson and Dr Julie McCullough; therapists working in integrated care, Jennifer Young and Anita Mehrez; as well as two of social prescription’s pioneering GPs, Sir Sam Everington and Dr Michael Dixon.

We look forward to hosting a conference again this year, which will be taking place at The King’s Fund, London, on Friday 29 November.

The conference will once again bring together leading experts in research, education and healthcare to explore the future of integrated health and social care. We will also be announcing the winners of our annual FHT Excellence Awards on the day – shining a spotlight on the different ways therapies can make a difference to the health and wellbeing of others.

Learn how you can be part of the integrated healthcare revolution


Action for happiness hopes we have an altruistic August


Action for Happiness hopes to spread selfless goodwill next 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 other recent calendars, including ‘Jump Back July’, ‘Joyful June’, ‘Meaningful May’ and ‘Active April’.

Suggestions for this month include the following:

  • Decide to be kind to others (and yourself) all this month.
  • Offer your seat, give way, or hold the door open for others.
  • Take a friend on a spontaneous adventure.
  • Try to bring a smile to as many people as possible today.
  • Sign up to be an organ donor or give blood.

Download the calendar

Three ways complementary therapists can help the NHS

After speaking to delegates at the 2019 FHT Training Congress, FHT member and Accredited course provider, Julie Crossman, spoke to us briefly about how complementary therapists can support the NHS.

Find out more about training opportunities with the FHT at fht.org.uk/training