Social prescription a priority in Theresa May’s loneliness strategy

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UK prime minister Theresa May has pledged to increase social prescribing by making it a key part of the first government loneliness strategy. Set to be implemented by 2023, the strategy will also see £1.8m allocated for community-based projects.

The decision to make loneliness a health priority follows on from research in 2017 by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, the legacy of the late Labour MP, who was committed to addressing the growing health problem, as well as initiatives by councils, charities and health experts.

According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, 75% of GPs see between one and five patients every day who come in mainly because they are lonely. Under the new government plans, social prescription will allow GPs to refer patients to non-clinical services, including community cafés, gardening, creative activities, cooking and healthy eating, counselling, mindfulness and complementary therapies.

Theresa May believes that social prescription will improve quality of life and take pressure off the NHS. Social prescription has long been championed by the College of Medicine, whose chairman, vice presidents and other council members are amongst its leading innovators. This includes 2018 FHT Conference speakers, Dr Michael Dixon and Sir Sam Everington, who have been developing working models of social prescription for more than a decade.

We look forward to hearing more about social prescription at our 2018 FHT Conference next month, which is supported by the College of Medicine.

In addition, Westminster Forum Projects has planned a keynote seminar on the future of social prescribing in England, on 26 March 2019 – visit the Westminster Health Forum section of their website for more details and to book.

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Sir Sam Everington set to speak at 2018 FHT Conference

Sam Everington.jpgWe are pleased to say that pioneering GP Sir Sam Everington will be joining us as a speaker at the 2018 FHT Conference next month.

Sir Sam Everington is a GP, chair of Tower Hamlet’s Clinical Commissioning Group, elected member of the British Medical Association’s Council, director of Community Health Partnerships, Honorary Professor of Queen Mary University of London and vice president of the College of Medicine and Queen’s Nursing Institute.

He believes that quality of life is the strongest determinant of good health and has been championing lifestyle changes, social prescription and care in the community for many years. He is part of the Bromley By Bow GP partnership, an innovative community organisation with more than 100 projects to support wider determinants of health, a subject he will discuss at the 2018 FHT Conference. For this he has developed a working model of social prescription, helping to support the community in Tower Hamlets, London, an area with high deprivation and poverty.

In addition, he co-founded the Tower Hamlets GP out of hours service and has published a number of articles on discrimination in the NHS, with Professor Aneez Esmail.

In 1999 he received an OBE for services to inner city primary care and a knighthood in 2015 for services to primary care. Sir Sam Everington was also the first medic to arrive at the scene of the 7/7 bombings in 2005.

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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

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Reflexology researcher to speak at 2018 FHT Conference

Conference Julie McCulloughWe’re delighted to have Dr Julie McCullough join us as a speaker at the 2018 FHT Conference.

Dr McCullough is a research associate at Ulster University and has been a complementary therapist for the past 12 years. She has a degree in human nutrition and completed her PhD at Ulster University in 2015.

As part of her PhD, Dr McCullough joined scientists investigating the impact of antenatal reflexology on women experiencing stress caused by pregnancy-related low back and/or pelvic girdle pain. A range of treatment related outcomes were investigated in the randomised controlled trial, including pain management, stress hormone  levels, heart rate, blood pressure, intranatal outcomes and labour duration. The findings of The CAM in Pregnancy Trial were very positive, which Dr McCullough will discuss in her talk, along with what it was like to be involved in this research, as a complementary therapist, scientist and mother.

Dr McCullough has authored and co-authored 12 peer-reviewed research papers and is currently working on the ConnectEpeople Project, which aims to develop new research priorities by connecting families who have a child with a congenital anomaly, with researchers across Europe.

Read Dr McCullough’s article on her reflexology research

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

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FHT Vice President judges new Complementary Therapy Awards

Mary -  Comp Therapy Awards judge.jpgFHT Vice President, Mary Dalgleish, recently enjoyed judging the Complementary Therapy Awards 2018, organised by Chamberlain Dunn.

As headline sponsor, experts from the FHT have been supporting these new awards throughout the year, including the shortlisting and judging process.

Mary commented, ‘Being part of the judging panel was a great opportunity to learn more about the work of the individuals and projects shortlisted for the Complementary Therapy Awards. It’s always incredible to learn what a difference professional therapists are making, particularly in healthcare, and I look forward to seeing the winners receive their awards on 18 October.’

In addition to the Complementary Therapy Awards, Mary’s expertise has also been called on for judging the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards – which will be presented at the FHT Conference on 29 November – and the National Massage Championship, taking place at this year’s Olympia Beauty on 30 September and 1 October.

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Julie McCullough

As a scientist, Dr Julie McCullough is committed to researching the benefits of complementary therapies and adding to the growing evidence base.

In International Therapist 124, Dr McCullough says, ‘As a scientist, I felt compelled to find information on how and why complementary therapies were helpful and effective for so many people.’

As part of her PhD, Dr McCullough joined an established research team investigating the impact of antenatal reflexology on women experiencing stress caused by pregnancy-related low back and/or pelvic girdle pain. The findings of The CAM in Pregnancy Trial were very positive, which Dr McCullough will discuss with us at the 2018 FHT Conference.

Read Dr McCullough’s article on her reflexology research.

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

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Dr Michael Dixon

Influential GP, Dr Michael Dixon, believes complementary therapy will play a greater role in healthcare in years to come.

Dr Dixon says, ‘In the future, as we start to expand our view of what local health involves and who needs to be included in that, I think complementary medicine will become a major influence – not only in terms of individual treatment, but also in terms of improving local health within our communities’.

We look forward to hearing more from Dr Dixon at the 2018 FHT Conference. In his talk, he 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.

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

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Founder of Beauty Despite Cancer to address delegates at the 2018 FHT Conference

Conference Jennifer YoungWe are delighted that Jennifer Young, MFHT, will be joining us as a speaker at the 2018 FHT Conference in November.

Jennifer has a BSc (Hons) in Biology and is an experienced microbiologist, nutritional therapist, aromatherapist, beauty therapist and product formulator. She is the creator of Defiant Beauty, specialist skincare for those affected by cancer, founder of Beauty Despite Cancer, and author of Recognise Yourself, a beauty and wellbeing guide for those affected by cancer.

In 2017, Jennifer was approached by Guy’s Cancer centre, one of the UK’s leading providers of care and treatment for people with cancer, to collaborate with a wig salon, headwear brand and lingerie company to provide all of the appearance and well-being services that a cancer patient could need within the same space.

A previous contributor to International Therapist, Jennifer is well-known to FHT members, as an FHT Accredited training provider, running sold-out FHT Hosted Courses and speaking at this year’s Training Congress. In May this year, she addressed FHT Training Congress delegates on two informative topics, ‘marketing yourself to vulnerable clients’ and ‘communicating with medical professionals.’

At the FHT Conference, Jennifer will be talking about the impact of cancer on wellbeing, including its effects on the hair, nails and skin, as well as her pioneering therapy work to help clients live with and beyond cancer.

Read more about the Appearance and Wellbeing Clinic at Guy’s Hospital.

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

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