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.

Quote of the week

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

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Quote of the week

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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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

Conference Nicola Robinson

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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