Hypnotherapy highlighted by Metro

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Daily newspaper, Metro, highlights the use of hypnotherapy for fertility and the Accredited Register in a recent article on its website.

The article discusses whether hypnosis improves the odds of conception, saying that ‘research has shown that hypnotherapy tends to work for around 72% of people in relation to fertility’.

Furthermore, a fertility expert quoted in the article says that they recommend hypnotherapy to clients because of ‘it’s ability to change our outlook’, which in turn ‘releases brain chemicals that support fertility and our nervous system to operate from feed or breed (rather than fight or flight, which is a response to danger)’.

The article quite rightly highlights the importance of finding a suitably qualified hypnotherapist and suggests that readers search for a practitioner through an Accredited Register,  approved by the Professional Standards Authority, such as FHT’s Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register.

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New leaflet highlights that Accredited Registers (AR) are an untapped resource in healthcare

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FHT members can now download a leaflet that outlines the key findings of a special report published by the Professional Standards Authority and Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in November 2017, called ‘Untapped Resources: Accredited Registers in the Wider Workforce’.

Amongst other things, the leaflet highlights that:

  • ‘The public health challenges the UK faces are deep-rooted and severe’;
  • ‘Improving our nation’s public health is critical to reduce our reliance on welfare and healthcare’, and that;
  • ‘The Accredited Registers workforce of 85,000 professionals [which includes more than 10,000 FHT members] is well placed to help promote public health’.

It also highlights that nearly a quarter of the practitioners who are part of the Accredited Registers workforce are complementary therapists, and that approximately one in four of the general UK population access the services of an AR practitioner at some point.

Download the Untapped Resources leaflet from the FHT website

Download the Untapped Resources report

Professional Standards Authority seeks registrants’ views on website

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The FHT runs the largest Accredited Register of complementary therapists to be independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

The Professional Standards Authority is currently reviewing its website and would welcome feedback and suggestions from those who are listed on the FHT’s Accredited Register.

If you have a few minutes, please browse the Professional Standards Authority’s website (www.professionalstandards.org.uk), which contains information about regulation and the Accredited Registers programme, and complete their short survey.

Report highlights practitioners listed on Accredited Registers are an untapped resource in tackling public health challenges

The FHT welcomes a joint report published today by the Professional Standards Authority and Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), which highlights how more than 80,000 practitioners listed on Accredited Registers – including more than 10,000 FHT members – are able to contribute to improving public health.

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The report, based on a survey of over 4,500 listed on Accredited Registers (ARs), also looks at some of the barriers that prevent these practitioners from doing more to support the health of the nation, and provides some recommendations to help them realise their full potential.

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPGH, comments, ‘We know that AR practitioners typically take a holistic approach to wellbeing, and develop long-term and trusted relationships with their patients, putting them in an ideal position to have lifestyle health conversations with them. The AR workforce accounts for thousands of interactions with members of the public every day: we are calling for these practitioners to be given the right support, so that we can unleash their full potential to improve the public’s health.’

Our thanks to those FHT members who completed the survey and contributed to this report.

Read the full report, Untapped Resources

Are your plans afoot for World Reflexology Week yet?

World Reflexology Week, which runs from 18-24 September, is a wonderful opportunity to show potential clients and employers the many benefits this complementary therapy has to offer.

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To help spread the word, FHT members can:

  • Download the FHT’s free promotional leaflet/poster, to print and distribute in your local area and a cover/banner image for use on your social media profiles*
  • Contact your regular clients and local businesses, offering a discount of your choice on all reflexology treatments booked, or being carried out, during World Reflexology Week
  • Contact your local newspaper or radio station, or send them a press release, telling them what you are doing for World Reflexology Week – remember to insert your special Accredited Register mark
  • Get together with other FHT members from your Local Support Group to organise an event where taster treatments are available. You might want to consider donating all or a portion of the proceeds raised to a local charity or other worthy cause – it is likely whoever you are supporting will help to promote the event in return, which means more people to treat!

Simply log in to the Members area to access your resources or click here

Please be sure to send in a post-event write-up and pictures of your event to the FHT, so that we can give you a mention in International Therapist and on our website! Please email dralls@fht.org.uk, writing World Reflexology Week in the subject box. Please ensure that the pictures you take are high-resolution, in case we would like to include these in the journal.

Happy World Reflexology Week!

*You must be an FHT Member and hold a Level 3 qualification in reflexology to download the FHT’s World Reflexology Week promotional posters, banners and other support material

Aromatherapy Awareness Week 2017

Aromatherapy Awareness Week, which runs from 12-16 June, is a wonderful opportunity to show potential clients and employers the many benefits this complementary therapy has to offer.

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To help spread the word, FHT members can:

  • Download the FHT’s free promotional leaflet/poster, to print and distribute in your local area and a cover/banner image for use on your social media profiles*
  • Contact your regular clients and local businesses, offering a discount of your choice on all aromatherapy treatments booked, or being carried out, during Aromatherapy Awareness Week
  • Contact your local newspaper or radio station, or send them a press release, telling them what you are doing for Aromatherapy Awareness Week – remember to insert your special Accredited Register mark
  • Get together with other FHT members from your Local Support Group to organise an event where taster treatments are available. You might want to consider donating all or a portion of the proceeds raised to a local charity or other worthy cause – it is likely whoever you are supporting will help to promote the event in return, which means more people to treat!

Simply log in to the Members area to access your resources or click here

Please be sure to send in a post-event write-up and pictures of your event to the FHT, so that we can give you a mention in International Therapist and on our website! Please email dralls@fht.org.uk, writing Aromatherapy Awareness Week in the subject box. Please ensure that the pictures you take are high-resolution, in case we would like to include these in the journal.

Happy Aromatherapy Awareness Week!

*You must be an FHT Member and hold a Level 3 qualification in aromatherapy to download the FHT’s Aromatherapy Awareness Week promotional posters, banners and other support material

FHT responds to Charity Commission consultation

The Charity Commission for England and Wales is currently reviewing its approach to deciding whether an organisation that uses or promotes complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is eligible to have charitable status.

As such, it opened a public consultation to seek views on: the level and nature of evidence to support CAM; conflicting and inconsistent evidence; alternative therapies and the risk of harm; and palliative alternative therapy.

As a key stakeholder, the FHT responded to the consultation and was also invited to attend a discussion chaired by the Charity Commission, where we represented the interests of our members working in the charitable sector. Amongst others, the FHT:

  • Stressed the level of health and wellbeing support complementary therapists offer the public, with many patients/clients accessing complementary therapy services via registered charities
  • Highlighted some of the challenges concerning evidence base for complementary therapies
  • Directed the Commission to appropriate sources of research and data regarding the beneficial impact of therapies
  • Stressed that complementary therapies should only be used alongside, and never as an alternative, to conventional medical care
  • Highlighted the benefits of the Accredited Registers programme, which aims to protect the public.

Mary Dalgleish, FHT Vice President, attended the Commission’s stakeholder discussion and responded to the consultation on behalf of the FHT. ‘The results of our most recent survey clearly show that FHT members are playing a vital role in helping the public to live with and self-manage different health challenges,’ says Mary. ‘What is vitally important is that those seeking a complementary therapist are signposted to practitioners who are listed on an Accredited Register, independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority, so that they can choose a practitioner with confidence.

‘As charities, by their very nature, tend to provide access to support services to those populations who are most in need – and often least likely to be able afford to pay for these support services otherwise – we stressed to the Charity Commission how important it is that organisations that promote and use complementary therapies remain eligible to apply for charitable status, albeit with appropriate criteria in place, such as practitioners being listed on an Accredited Register.’

The Professional Standards Authority also responded to the consultation, along with at least 200 other interested parties.

The Charity Commission is now considering all of the information received as part of its review process, and will update the FHT and other parties of any progress or decisions ‘as soon as possible’. We will, of course, keep our members informed.