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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New UK health secretary supports plans to increase social prescription

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On Friday Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, addressed an audience in Manchester at NHS Expo, supporting plans to dramatically increase social prescription as ‘growing evidence’ suggests that encouraging patients to lead sociable, healthier lives could relieve pressure on the NHS.

Social prescribing – sometimes referred to as community referral – enables primary care professionals to refer people to local, non-clinical services with the aim of improving their health and wellbeing. These non-clinical services can include education and learning, gardening, creative activities, cooking and healthy eating, counselling, mindfulness and complementary therapies.

Dr Michael Dixon, founder of the College of Medicine and a speaker at this year’s FHT Conference in November, welcomes the health secretary’s comments, saying they are a sign that social prescribing is now moving into the mainstream.

Dr Dixon said, ‘For many years, the conventional medical establishment regarded social prescription as something peripheral if not irrelevant. It is remarkable today to see social prescription becoming mainstream and being seen as important part of future health and care as well one of the keys to NHS sustainability.

‘The College of Medicine has been championing social prescription with many of its members and members of council being leading innovators. Dr James Fleming in Burnley created ‘Green Dreams’, while Sir Sam Everington (Vice President, College of Medicine and GP at the Bromley-by-Bow partnership) and I (Senior Partner, Culm Valley Integrated Centre for Health) have been working together for over ten years to develop the concept of working models of social prescription in both practices.’

Social prescription began as a national movement following a meeting arranged by the College of Medicine and University of Westminster in London in January 2016. The National Social Prescribing Network started with 100 people in January 2016 and now has over 2,000 members.

The network leads thinking and research on social prescription nationally and internationally and works closely with NHS England on the implementation of social prescribing in England.

Dr Michael Dixon will be a speaker at the FHT Conference on Thursday 29 November at the King’s Fund in London. In his talk, 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  social prescribing

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Senior member of NHS-based complementary therapy team to talk at 2018 FHT Conference

 

Conference Anita MehrezAnita Mehrez is a senior member of the complementary therapy team at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester – one of Europe’s largest cancer treatment centres, and an international leader in cancer research and development.

Anita will be joining us at our 2018 FHT Conference to discuss the complementary therapy team’s role in providing therapeutic support to patients undergoing treatment at the centre.

The team received an FHT Excellence Award in 2014 for their work researching and developing the CALM service, whose skilled therapists have been supporting patients struggling to cope with difficult medical procedures since 2008.

CALM therapists use a variety of therapies, including stress management techniques, massage and aromatherapy, to help patients with feelings of anxiety and stress. Speaking to International Therapist in 2014, the team noted that since offering the service to patients undergoing radiotherapy, many more patients feel able to proceed with the treatment, improving their chances of recovery.

At the 2018 FHT Conference, Anita will discuss the variety of therapeutic interventions used by the CALM team and how these help to improve efficiencies in the hospital. She will also provide insights on how the team audit and fund the service, which includes their comprehensive integrative therapies training programme.

Read more about the CALM service and the use of aromasticks at The Christie.

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

Early bird ticket prices are available until 31 August.

Book your tickets here* or call 023 8062 4350

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Professor of TCM announced for 2018 FHT Conference

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Nicola Robinson is professor of traditional Chinese medicine at London South Bank University, chair of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM) and editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Integrative Medicine.

Formerly a professor of complementary medicine at the University of West London and a registered acupuncturist since 1982, Professor Robinson has a keen interest in complementary medicine and its integration into mainstream healthcare.

She has authored more than 200 scientific articles for peer-reviewed journals, presented research at national and international conferences and has a PhD in Immunology from the University of Manchester.

In 2004, Professor Robinson was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship, to explore educational and research initiatives in TCM at universities and hospitals in China.

She has also held a range of high-profile posts including: Senior lecturer in Primary Healthcare at University College London; Consultant Epidemiologist to the Brent and Harrow Health Authority; Lecturer at Charing Cross and Westminster Hospital Medical School; and Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

In her talk, Professor Robinson will be discussing the importance of evidence base and how best to measure and present treatment outcomes for complementary therapy interventions.

Read more about Professor Robinson and the importance of 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

Early bird ticket prices are available until 31 August.

Book your tickets here* or call 023 8062 4350

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FHT announces 2018 Excellence Awards Finalists

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We are delighted to announce the finalists for our prestigious 2018 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
Robert Sylvester Coleman
Julie Crossman
Kelly De Souza
Jackie Grimley
Marc Johnson
Julie McCullough
Nicolle Mitchell
Jane Sheehan

FHT Sports Therapist of the Year
Sheree Phelps
Nefeli Tsiouti
Sophie Vowden

FHT Student of the Year
Teresa Elliott
Brian Jauncey

FHT Tutor of the Year
Maureen Bonner
Gwyn Featonby
Dawn Morse
Sharon Mountford
Jane Sheehan

FHT Local Support Group Coordinator or the Year

Alison Brown
Kim Newman-Clark

Christopher Byrne, FHT President and awards judge, said: ‘Having looked through all of this year’s entries during the shortlisting process, we were once again really impressed by the calibre of those who entered, along with the diverse range of services and support they offer. Good luck to our finalists and keep up the excellent work.’

The winners of the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards will be announced at a special FHT Conference to be held at The King’s Fund, London, on Thursday 29 November, where guests will be able to hear from leading experts in education, research and integrated healthcare (see fht.org.uk/2018-conference for more details). Tickets start from just £65 but spaces are limited – book now to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of early bird prices.

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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

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* Early bird ticket prices are available until 31 August