Announcing the 2018 FHT Excellence Award winners

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Congratulations to all our winners and finalists at yesterday’s 2018 FHT Excellence Awards!

Held at The King’s Fund, London, on 29 November, the awards followed the FHT Conference, where leading experts in research, education and health and social care discussed the integration of complementary therapies into mainstream care.

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Conference and awards host, Janey Lee Grace—a regular presenter on Radio 2 and UK Health Radio—announced the winners of the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards, which serve to recognise those raising the bar in therapy training and practice.

2018 FHT Excellence Awards winners

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Complementary Therapist of the Year
Winner: Jane Sheehan
For developing a new delivery model for a complementary therapy service within an NHS palliative care unit.

Highly Commended: Kelly De Souza, Marc Johnson, Julie McCullough

Finalists: Robert Sylvester Coleman, Julie Crossman, Jackie Grimley, Nicolle Mitchell
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Sports Therapist of the Year
Winner: Nefeli Tsiouti
For her work in helping to improve health and reduce injuries in dancers, professional artists and other movers.

Finalists: Sheree Phelps, Sophie Vowden

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FHT Local Support Group Coordinator or the Year
Winner: Alison Brown
For sharing the content of her group meetings via a number of online platforms for therapists unable to attend in person.

Finalist: Kim Newman-Clark

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FHT Student of the Year
Winner: Brian Jauncey
For his inspirational story of retraining as a complementary therapist following his first-hand experience of using therapies for a back injury.

Finalist: Teresa Elliott

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FHT Tutor of the Year
Winner: Gwyn Featonby
For her work in developing the first NHS approved therapy training school and a unique NHS Certificate in Complementary Therapies.

Highly Commended: Dawn Morse

Finalists: Maureen Bonner, Sharon Mountford, Jane Sheehan

 

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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Excellence in education

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Have you helped a student therapist reach their full potential?

Perhaps, you taught a student lacking in confidence, who didn’t feel very capable in a classroom, but was transformed into a high achiever when they discovered their passion for therapies?

Are you a student therapist who has overcome seemingly impossible odds to excel in education?

Has an inspirational colleague really raised the bar in therapy education?

Do you work as part of a team that has transformed the way that students are taught therapies, leading to unprecedented results?

Maybe you study with a student leader, who has not only succeeded on a personal level, but has helped you and your fellow classmates raise the standard of your work?

Have you been inspired by a training provider who went beyond what was required of them to ensure your educational success?

If any of the above sounds familiar, or if you have an equivalent therapy success story, we’d love to hear from you. We will be celebrating the wonderful work and achievements of our members, student members and training providers at the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards.

Hear from previous winners

In 2013 Amanda Brooks, MFHT, was named FHT Tutor of the Year for bringing dedication and passion into her teaching. One of her students said, ‘Amanda has all the expected qualities of a tutor deserving of a nomination; she is kind, dedicated, available, supportive and an excellent communicator. But what sets Amanda apart from other outstanding tutors is she strives to adapt her teaching style for each individual student to make sure everyone in the class gets the best possible outcome for the time they invest in their studies.’

Last year’s FHT Student of the Year, Stacey Radcliffe, performed exceptionally well in her studies, while dealing with the loss of loved ones and breast cancer. Anyone would be forgiven for stepping back from their studies but Stacey worked diligently towards her goal, not letting serious ill-health or tragedy prevent her from achieving what she set out to do.

Stacey commented on her award win, saying, ‘I feel so honoured, proud and humbled to accept this award. I am truly overwhelmed and so grateful for the support, kindness and empathy that I have been shown, by my family, friends, tutors, peers and the FHT. This award is the perfect end to completing my degree and I am so excited to see where this takes me in my next chapter as a fully qualified complementary therapist’.

Award categories

You can self-nominate, or put forward an inspirational colleague or team, for one of the following categories (click for entry criteria):

Closing date 30 June, 2018

Click here to enter

Helping clients from injury to recovery

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Have you helped an athlete transition from a debilitating injury to full recovery?

Has an inspirational colleague really raised the bar in sports therapy excellence?

Do you work as part of a team that works with professional athletes, providing cutting-edge pitch-side support?

Perhaps you have given an athlete the tools to overcome mental and physical challenges that resulted from injury?

Maybe you know a therapist whose injury prevention strategies have helped sports people continue to perform at the highest level?

If any of the above sounds familiar, or if you have an equivalent therapy success story, we’d love to hear from you. We will be celebrating the wonderful work and achievements of our members at the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards.

Hear from previous winners

Last year, Sheree Phelps, MFHT, was named Sports Therapist of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards for her work with athletes, including her voluntary service with the Welsh Rugby Union’s Elite Women’s Programme. Speaking about her win, Sheree said: ‘This award means so much to me. Coming from a competitive sporting career, it has always been important for to me to build a professional and welcoming practice for my clients. Having the knowledge to clearly explain why and how I am going to treat them, in an empathetic and relaxing environment, so that they can unwind from their daily stresses has always been my ultimate goal.’

Award categories

You can self-nominate, or put forward an inspirational colleague or team, for one of the following categories (click for entry criteria):

Closing date 30 June, 2018

Click here to enter

 

Making a difference to client wellbeing

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Have you helped a client get their life back on track?

Has an inspirational colleague really raised the bar in therapy excellence?

Do you work as part of a team that works with terminally ill clients, providing life-changing support to them, their families and carers?

Perhaps you set up an innovative and sustainable healthcare model that leads the way in allowing patients access to first class therapeutic support?

Maybe you have helped a client overcome debilitating body image issues and witnessed profound changes in their confidence and sense of self worth?

If any of the above sounds familiar, we’d love to hear from you. We will be celebrating the wonderful work and achievements of our members at the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards.

Hear from previous winners

In 2016 Angela Wheat, FFHT, was named Beauty Therapist of the Year for her life-changing electrolysis work for transgender clients. On winning the award, Angela said, “I feel honoured and thrilled to have my skills and professionalism recognised. I hope that winning this award will put the spotlight on the benefits of remedial electrolysis for men and women alike, as this treatment has the ability to change lives.”

Last year Barbara Scott, MFHT, became our Complementary Therapist of the year for supporting clients who had difficulty conceiving with reflexology. Speaking of her award win Barbara said, “I am truly delighted to have received this award in recognition of not just my own work, but the fantastic work that our practitioners do in supporting couples having difficulties in conceiving. My hope is that it allows us to let couples know that there is support for them, that reflexology is an excellent tool and that making even the smallest changes can be beneficial to them on their journey to parenthood.”

Award categories

You can self nominate, or put forward an inspirational colleague or team, for one of the following categories (click for entry criteria):

• FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year

• FHT Sports Therapist of the Year

• FHT Beauty Therapist of the Year

• FHT Student of the Year

• FHT Tutor of the Year

• FHT Local Support Group Coordinator of the Year

Closing date 30 June, 2018

Click here to enter

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Six top tips for entering an award

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Now in its eighth year, the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards is open for entries and will again recognise those setting the bar in therapy education and practice.

We appreciate that putting together an awards entry can seem daunting, so we have put together six top tips to make the process as easy as possible:

Save the dates
As soon as they are available, make a note of the awards entry opening and closing dates, and when they will be announcing the shortlist. Think positive and also plan your diary around the awards presentation date.

For this year’s FHT Excellence Awards, entries are now open until 30 June, 2018. Our awards presentation will take place at a special FHT Conference to be held at The King’s Fund, London, on 29 November, where guests will be able to hear from leading experts in education, research and integrated healthcare.

Keep it on file
If completing an online entry form, use a Word document to type up and save the information you intend to submit. You can then copy and paste this into the form when you are ready. It also means you have a back-up, in case you lose internet connection while submitting the form, and you might be able to use the same elements for entering a different awards event.

‘I’m not good at this sort of thing’
The judges are more interested in why you deserve an award than your writing skills, but if you are concerned that you’re not the best person to ‘sell yourself’ or the person you are nominating, ask a friend or colleague to help. A clearly written entry that focuses on the ‘important stuff’ is more likely to stand out from the crowd and impress judges.

Focus on treatment outcomes
The judges will be interested in how you have made a difference to clients. What are the treatment outcomes? Has your service helped to reduce stress, pain or a specific symptom in your clients? How can you evidence that your service has made this difference? Testimonials, client surveys, feedback forms, case studies, and before and after pictures are all useful. Tools such as a visual analogue scale (VAS) and MYMOP are also good ways to measure and report on treatment outcomes.

Other supporting evidence
Your entry can also benefit from other supporting evidence – such as a letter from someone senior at the charity, hospice or centre where you work, or scanned newspaper clippings.

Don’t leave it until the last minute
Allow yourself plenty of time and try to submit your entry a couple of days before the closing date to ensure it arrives safely.

Read more about this year’s FHT Excellence Awards

Closing date 30 June, 2018

 

Six good reasons to enter professional awards

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If you haven’t put yourself forward an FHT Excellence Award before, here are six good reasons why you should give it a try…

  1. Promoting the therapies you love

With awards comes publicity, which is a great way to show potential clients, employers and healthcare commissioners the amazing benefits different therapies offer. If you are uncomfortable with the thought of putting yourself forward for an award, think of it as putting your favourite therapy forward instead. If you work for a charity or similar, this will gain recognition, too. And remember – those who are shortlisted or highly commended can often gain just as much publicity as the award winner.

  1. Promoting best practice

In our annual FHT survey, we always ask, ‘What concerns you most as a therapist?’ and two key issues always come to the fore. The first is poor standards in training and practice, and how this impacts the reputation of professional therapists. The second is lack of recognition from medical and other professionals, which can hinder integrating therapies into mainstream care.

Belonging to the FHT and being listed on our Accredited Register helps to demonstrate your professionalism, but awards also play an important role. Publicising the story behind each winner shows the world at large what best practice looks like, and how therapists can work as part of a multi-disciplined team to help improve patient-centred care and treatment outcomes.

  1. Promoting excellence in education

Awards that centre around education, such as FHT Tutor of the Year, help to champion those training providers who are going the extra mile to ensure students completing their courses enter the industry with the skills to practice competently and professionally. This is vital in helping to protect the industry’s reputation and public safety.

  1. Funding therapy services and research

Sadly, many therapy services rely on charitable donations and other sources of funding in order to continue supporting their clients. An award can help demonstrate the value of your work and strengthen your application for further funding. Similar benefits can be enjoyed by those involved in therapy research.

  1. Good for business

Winning an award is a great way to boost your business. There is nothing vain or selfish in gaining some recognition and publicity for your hard work. Local media usually has a strong appetite for success stories involving members of the community. Being shortlisted or winning an award could mean appearing in the press or on local radio, gaining good exposure for your business and hopefully some new clients. If applying for work opportunities, it will also boost your CV and help to ‘set you apart from the rest’.

  1. Good for existing clients and staff

Entering an award means stepping back and looking at your business from the outside in. It will help you identify what you’re doing well and what could be improved. Even if you don’t win, this is a really useful business exercise. If you do go on to win, knowing that you have been recognised as ‘the best’ in industry will impress clients who already use your services, and could encourage repeat business and recommendations. If you’re an employer, celebrating and sharing your award success with staff can be inspiring and motivational. An award can also be a great way to attract new talent if you’re looking to grow your team.

For advice on how to submit a winning entry and to enter the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards, visit:

www.fht.org.uk/awards

Closing date: 30 June, 2018