How much do you value your care?

One of the main focuses for the FHT’s Accredited Register is to offer a platform for the public, and therapists, to have names they can trust. Your own well-being is one of the most important things you have, so why risk it? 

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The Accredited Register programme was launched in 2012 to accredit voluntary registers of Health and Social Care occupations that are not statutorily regulated, such as complementary therapy. 

Why is that important for the public?

The FHT Accredited Register ensures that therapists meet the high standards set in the areas of education and training, ethical and professional conduct, governance, skill, competency and public safety. 

This means that if the public choose a therapist that is listed on the FHT Accredited Register, they will have the additional assurance that they are receiving the best possible care.

Professional Standards Authority 

The Professional Standards Authority is accountable to Parliament, and accreditation by this independent body demonstrates that a voluntary register is managed effectively and adheres to good practice. It enhances public protection and enables service users, employers, healthcare commissioners and the public, to choose a practitioner who is competent and behaves in an ethical and compassionate manner. Everyone who is listed on the FHT’s Accredited register has met the Professional Standards Authority requirements.

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When choosing an FHT Accredited therapist, you can rest assured that your therapist:

  • Has a qualification that meets the national minimum standards
  • Is insured to practice those therapies
  • Abides by the FHT Code of Conduct and Professional Practice.

Are you a therapist who wants to be listed on the FHT’s Accredited Register? 

There are many benefits to being listed on the FHT’s Accredited Register, they include:

  • Being a part of the largest register in the UK and Ireland
  • No additional fees for FHT members to be included on the Register 
  • The Register covers many different therapies
  • The Register will promote you and your therapy to the public  

FHT’s current Register modalities are:

Alexander technique * Aromatherapy * Body massage * Bowen technique * Craniosacral therapy * Healing * Homeopathy * Hypnotherapy * Kinesiology * Microsystem acupuncture * Naturopathy * Nutritional therapy * Reflexology * Reiki * Shiatsu * Sports Massage * Sports Therapy * Yoga Therapy 

For more information visit   www.fht.org.uk

My therapist helps me… to manage my injuries

My therapist helps me... Kevin and NickIt’s our mission to make the public more aware of our members and the FHT’s Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, a body accountable to Parliament.

Accredited Register AdvertAs such we launched the ‘My therapist helps me…” Campaign in August of last year, showcasing FHT Fellow Alison, and her longtime client Helen, whom she helps to cope with her back pain. You can read Helen’s story here.

We know that complementary therapies can provide much-needed support to all different people affected by long-term health conditions, every step of their journey. Our new advert introduces Nicholas Flanagan and his client Kevin.

2016 FHT Sports Therapist of the Year Nick, has been helping his client Kevin manage injuries he’s sustained over years of sports activities. We travelled over to the Emerald Isle to understand Kevin’s journey and how he benefits from sports therapy. Read Kevin’s story here.

The advert will appear in publications read by a highly engaged and health-conscious audience, including Men’s Fitness and Healthy for Men, also Facebook and Google, along with supporting case studies in the press.

This campaign not only highlights the great work FHT Members do, but also raises the importance for the public to choose a therapist, like you, who meets the highest standards in both training and practice. We’ll also be posting updates on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – please share/re-tweet to help spread the word!

View the latest advert here

Helen’s story: My therapist helps me…

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To promote the health benefits of complementary therapies and direct people to the FHT’s independently Accredited Register when looking for a therapist, the FHT has launched a new campaign called ‘My therapist helps me…’, which draws on the experiences of genuine clients. To support each of the campaign’s adverts – the first of which is currently appearing on Facebook and in magazines such as Psychologies, Natural Health, Your Healthy Living and Liz Earle – the FHT is publishing case studies about the clients featured, to highlight how their complementary therapist has helped them to live life to the full. Here you can read…

Helen AtkinsonHelen’s story
Helen is 53-years old. She lives in West Sussex with her husband, Steve, and three cats. A solicitor by day, Helen’s passion outside of work is belly dancing. She also enjoys walking and gardening in her spare time.

Here she explains how complementary therapies, alongside standard medical care, have helped her to cope with some of life’s challenges – from arthritis and an ongoing back problem, to stress and losing a loved one…

Q. When did you first discover complementary therapies?

‘I went to a therapy taster session at a colleague’s house. At the time I was suffering from sciatica, as I have a lower back problem that stems from a car accident and years of horse riding. After just a short massage treatment from Alison, I could feel the pain start to subside. I have had other treatments for this condition, but nothing that provided relief so quickly.’

Q. How often do you have complementary therapies?

‘I have been a client of Ali for more than 12 years now. I see her almost weekly for a massage or reflexology. I have always found Ali a warm and personable therapist. She is a fantastic listener, is very professional and has high standards for herself and the treatment she provides.’

Q. Tell us how Ali’s treatments have helped you…

‘I have arthritis in my left foot and I find that reflexology helps to relieve it. It also helps me to relax, as I have a job that can be very demanding at times. The body massage helps to keep me supple and complements the belly dancing I do, as it’s important to have flexibility in the spine and hips. [cont…]

‘Ali and her treatments really have seen me through so many things – including the death of a family member and extreme stress at work.’

Q. What else do you particularly like about the treatments you have with Alison?

‘The holistic aspect of the therapies is very important. There have been times when I have been under a lot of stress, or my health has been poor – both mentally and physically – and Ali has been able to adjust the treatment to help provide me with the support I need.

‘Having regular complementary therapy treatments with Ali helps keep the problems I have manageable.’

‘I find the treatments are a much less aggressive way of dealing with problems. They are supportive and don’t have the same side-effects as drugs or other physical treatments. In addition, any problem I have is not treated in isolation to other aspects of my life and health, so the treatments provide broader support to my overall health and well-being.

‘The time I spend with Ali is as also ‘my time’ – it helps re-charge the batteries and allows me to really relax.’

Q. What are the qualities about Alison that make her a good therapist?

‘Ali is such a warm, caring and approachable person, and easy to talk to. She is perceptive and creative in the way she approaches her treatments, but at the same time, highly professional.

‘I don’t regard my treatments as a luxury, but essential to my health and well-being.’

To find a therapist like Alison, visit www.fht.org.uk/findatherapist

 

Banish that headache!

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FHT President Paul Battersby, has contributed to a feature in the September issue of Natural Health magazine, entitled ‘Banish that Headache’.

Working to raise the profile of the FHT and it’s members, Paul’s expert insight highlights the benefits of complementary therapies in managing tension-type headaches, while emphasising the importance of the FHT Accredited Register.

‘”Most of us have experienced a tension-type headache (TTH) – that accompanied by tight neck and shoulder muscles and a feeling of pressure behind the eyes,” says Paul Battersby, president of the Federation of Holistic Therapists. “The exact cause of TTHs still isn’t clear, but commonly reported triggers include anxiety, stress, depression, poor posture, lack of sleep and physical exhaustion. To help manage mild TTHs, you may find some of the following techniques useful: “Massage, as well as being very relaxing, has the added benefit of actually working tight muscles, so a back massage or an Indian head massage – both of which focus on the neck and shoulder area – are ideal for headaches. “Many people find other complementary therapies helpful too, such as reflexology, aromatherapy and acupuncture. Regular exercise is also recommended for headache sufferers. “A good night’s sleep is important but be careful not to get too much, or you may suffer a ‘weekend headache’, which can be triggered by a change in routine, including too much sleep.”

“Poor posture can cause tension in the back, neck and shoulders and be linked to headaches in some people, with pain occurring at the base of the skull,” says Paul. “Try to avoid sitting or standing in one position for a long time, move around at regular intervals, and gently rotate any affected joints. “A full assessment by a sports massage therapist or Alexander technique practitioner could also help you to identify and correct any postural problems.” To find a therapist in your area, search FHT’s accredited register, which has been independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority, by visiting fht.org.uk/register’

Read the full article here.

Promoting you to the public

Promoting you to the public

Look out for the FHT’s advert on Natural Health magazine’s brand new website, www.naturalhealthmagazine.co.uk, launched on 11 March.

It is our mission to make the public more aware of our members, with adverts directing them to findatherapist.fht.org.uk where they can search for a practitioner in their area.

The advert also emphasises accreditation of the FHT’s Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register by the Professional Standards Authority. The Accredited Register quality mark will give extra peace of mind for anyone looking for a practitioner, letting them know that anyone who holds the mark is committed to the high standards of the organisation holding an Accredited Register.

If you would like to join FHT or find out more about our Accredited Register, visit: fht.org.uk/join

Accredited Register update – December 2015

FHT’s Accredited Register Survey results

FHT's Accredited Register Survey results

First of all, we’d like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to all those FHT members who took the time to complete our recent online survey about the FHT’s Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register. We received an amazing 678 responses in total, which is our biggest response rate to an FHT survey yet!

As with all of our surveys, your feedback will help us to improve our services and communications, and keep us up to date with issues affecting you, our valued members.

And our survey says…


FHT Member Maria Mason is featured in ‘Let’s work together’ video

FHT supports Accredited Registers videoThe FHT is delighted to have supported a recent video commissioned by the Professional Standards Authority, called ‘Let’s work together’, which aims to promote a wider workforce of health and care professionals, including complementary therapists, through its Accredited Registers programme.

FHT member and two-time FHT Excellence Award winner, Maria Mason, can be seen demonstrating reflexology in the video, which also features a massage therapist, sports rehabilitator, acupuncturist, counsellor and play therapist.

Read more and watch the video


Case study: Massage – supporting children in a Special School

Mary Atkinson Accredited RegisterMary Atkinson is from Chichester, West Sussex. She is listed on the FHT’s Accredited Register of Complementary Therapists, offering aromatherapy and reflexology.

This case study focuses on the use of Story Massage in Westfield School in Leominster, near Hereford. It is a maintained Special School for 50 pupils with severe or complex learning difficulties within the age range 4 to 19 years. Read more


Case study: Hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques to support patients receiving cancer treatment

Linda Orrett - Accredited RegsiterLinda Orrett is listed on the FHT’s Accredited Register, offering massage and hypnotherapy, amongst others. She is a senior therapist with the CALM Team at a major cancer centre in the North West, offering a variety of rapid complementary therapy interventions to distressed patients undergoing medical procedures.

This case study focuses on the use of hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques to help an anxious patient with cancer complete a course of radiotherapy. Read more


Download your resources

Accredited Register resourcesEligible members who appear on the FHT Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register can now display a special FHT/Accredited Register quality mark on their business and marketing materials to show they are on a register that meets the robust standards of the Professional Standards Authority. Log in to the Members Area to download a range of resources, including: a logo for your business materials, posters to display in your local area, a leaflet about the Register, guidelines and approved phrases, and a template press release.


Accredited Register logoThe FHT holds the largest register for complementary healthcare therapists, which has been independently accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, a body accountable to Parliament. For more information about the FHT Register and the Professional Standards Authority

FHT Accredited Register survey results

First of all, we’d like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to all those FHT members who took the time to complete our recent online survey about the FHT’s Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register. We received an amazing 678 responses in total, which is our biggest response rate to an FHT survey yet!

As with all of our surveys, your feedback will help us to improve our services and communications, and keep us up to date with issues affecting you, our valued members.

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And our survey* says…

95% of you are proud to be listed on the FHT’s Accredited Register, which shows you are part of a government backed scheme to protect the public

88% of you feel being listed on FHT’s Register provides additional assurance to clients, the public, GPs and employers, that you are a professional therapist, who adheres to high standards of training and professional practice.

45% of you have download our special logos, flyers, posters and template letters to promote that you are listed on the FHT’s Accredited Register, with nearly 50% of you using your FHT/Accredited Register logo on printed materials; 28% on your website; and 8% on social media. (Click here to download the FHT/Accredited Register logo and other support materials.)

In your own words…

We provided space at the end of the survey, for members to provide feedback about the FHT’s Accredited Register, or any matter relating to the FHT. Here are just a handful of the 100+ additional comments we received…

‘For me […] I feel it is a step in the right direction to give the public as a whole the confidence in us as a serious profession.’

‘I feel that being on the register I am proving that I have a high standard of training and I continue to develop my skills. It also gives the public the confidence to approach me for treatments.’

‘Personally speaking I think the FHT’s Accredited Register is the cornerstone for any therapist who works with private clients and GP’s. Putting the ‘professional’ back into ‘holistic therapy’.

‘As I am now nearly 70 years old I am not as quick on my PC as some youngsters, but that doesn’t mean that I am not extremely proud to be fully qualified and accepted on the Accredited Register, just as I am very proud that I have carried out over 500 home reflexology and reiki treatments to hospice patients and their carers in my local community.’

 ‘It seems that more people are recognising the register, however local GPs still have a long way to go to recognise the benefits of alternative therapies.’

‘The FHT are the largest, most well established and respected, of the professional organisations in this industry. Proud to be a member.’

‘I think at the moment the accreditation is positive and reflects the industry is helping raise standards/protect the public, but I also think that for clients it is just as much  personal recommendation of others and word of mouth.’

*These statistics are based on 637 survey responses received by 18 November, 2015, from FHT members listed on the FHT Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register.

FHT supports Accredited Registers video

The FHT is delighted to have supported a recent video commissioned by the Professional Standards Authority, called ‘Let’s work together’, which aims to promote a wider workforce of health and care professionals, including complementary therapists, through its Accredited Registers programme.

FHT supports Accredited Registers video

FHT member and two-time FHT Excellence Award winner, Maria Mason, can be seen demonstrating reflexology in the video, which also features a massage therapist, sports rehabilitator, acupuncturist, counsellor and play therapist.

Maria told FHT, ‘I’m very proud to have been involved in a video that helps to promote the Accredited Registers programme, which will hopefully benefit everyone – from members of the public, looking for a complementary therapist, to over-stretched GPs, who need confidence when referring patients to other health professionals. And of course, my fellow members who are also listed on the FHT’s Accredited Register.’

Please share this video with as many contacts as you can, to help promote the benefits of the Accredited Registers programme. As more people will now be looking for practitioners listed on an Accredited Register, please also ensure you log in to the Members area of the FHT website to download your special FHT/Accredited Register logo and other support materials, if you are listed on our FHT Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register (www.fht.org.uk/register)

Watch the Accredited Registers video

Massage – supporting children in a Special School

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Mary Atkinson is from Chichester, West Sussex. She is listed on the FHT’s Accredited Register of Complementary Therapists, offering aromatherapy and reflexology.

Mary is the author of several books on massage and runs FHT accredited CPD courses. She is co-founder (with Sandra Hooper) of a therapeutic intervention for children called Story Massage. This combines the creativity of storytelling with the benefits of positive and respectful touch.

Story Massage has been used successfully with many children in the UK and abroad, including those experiencing trauma in the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan, and the recent earthquake in Nepal.

This case study focuses on the use of Story Massage in Westfield School in Leominster, near Hereford. It is a maintained Special School for 50 pupils with severe or complex learning difficulties within the age range 4 to 19 years. Mary and Sandra worked with Nicky Morris, a teacher in Hedgehog Class (4 to 8 Years), with children experiencing physical, social and learning difficulties. This case study focuses on those children with specific learning difficulties facing individual problems including lack of engagement, low self-esteem, verbal dyspraxia, disturbed sleep patterns and tactile defensive behaviour around unexpected touch.

Story Massage is given through clothes, and no oils are used. In many schools or organisations, this is a child-on-child activity but at Westfield School, the teachers and teaching assistants have parental permission to use Story Massage with the children.

The pupils at Westfield have a wide range of complex needs and we have found that Story Massage brings benefits for all pupils. Story massage is very effective and very easy to put in place across a school. The main benefits at Westfield Special School have been increased levels of engagement; understanding and acceptance of appropriate touch; peer working across phases; and enhancement of the literacy curriculum.

Nicki Gilbert, Head Teacher, Westfield School

With the consent of parents, 5-10 minute Story Massage sessions were introduced into the school day for the 12 children in Hedgehog Class. Massage stories were created using the ten simple massage strokes to accompany familiar stories such as Jack and the Beanstalk and The Little Red Hen. These were presented on a PowerPoint presentation with colourful pictures. Story Massage strokes were adapted for use on different areas of the body that are safe and appropriate for each individual. Children were invited to engage in the activity in whichever way was most meaningful for them on that particular day. Some enjoyed giving and receiving the strokes, whilst others preferred to sit and watch the pictures, say the words out loud or make actions in the air.

Mary Atkinson Accredited RegisterAfter a week of regular Story Massage sessions, the children were engaging more fully in the activity. Parents were invited in to the school to find out more about Story Massage and they were keen to be involved as they could see the potential benefits for their children. A new massage story was introduced every two weeks and parents were given copies to use at home. After a month of daily Story Massage sessions in the classroom and at home, the children were showing noticeable improvements that have continued and developed over the academic year.  One of the most significant changes has been a sense of calm in the classroom after a session, with children feeling more relaxed and able to concentrate.

Story Massage is now a popular part of the school day with pupils choosing their favourite massage stories and engaging in the activity according to their ability. It is now used in all the classes in the school, bringing individual benefits for learners ranging in age from 4 to 19.

After an academic year, the pupils in Hedgehog Class showed these specific benefits:

  • A boy can now sleep at night if he has a Story Massage at bedtime.
  • Another child who is tactile defensive has gradually started to accept touch after being introduced to Story Massage. He is now happy to accept touch in other situations too.
  • A girl has autism and fleeting attention in all situations. Story Massage has helped her concentration and engagement with story books.
  • A boy with verbal dyspraxia and has gradually started to read the story at the same time as the massage takes place. This has boosted his confidence and self-esteem.
  • For several children the combination of words and touch has helped them to remember a sequence of events, actions or words.

Three key points:

  1. Story Massage can help bring a sense of calm to children with specific learning difficulties;
  2. Story Massage can help encourage meaningful engagement in activities;
  3. Story Massage can help autistic children understand and accept appropriate touch.

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Hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques to support patients receiving cancer treatment

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Linda Orrett is listed on the FHT’s Accredited Register of Complementary Therapists, offering massage and hypnotherapy, amongst others. She is a senior therapist with the CALM Team at a major cancer centre in the North West, offering a variety of rapid complementary therapy interventions to distressed patients undergoing medical procedures.

This case study focuses on the use of hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques to help an anxious patient with cancer complete a course of radiotherapy.

A female patient (who we shall call Jo), had Korsakoff ’s syndrome – a brain disorder usually associated with heavy alcohol consumption over a long period, which causes loss of short-term memory.  Jo had a cancer of the tonsils and was in need of radiotherapy.

Radiotherapy to the head and neck area involves wearing a mask which is clipped down to the treatment couch to keep the patient absolutely still whilst having the radiotherapy. Some patients find this procedure very challenging and need support whilst having treatment. Jo was flagged up to the CALM Team by the radiotherapists as requiring support.

Jo was supported by her daughter and two complementary therapists, including Linda, during the mask making.  The process was explained to Jo and she agreed to proceed, but when the mask hardened and tightened she panicked and became overwhelmed and described the mask as ‘closing in on her’, so the procedure was stopped immediately.  Jo explained that she tells herself that she’ll ‘be alright’, but she gets frightened and can’t control her anxiety. She agreed that she would try again with the use of oral lorazopam (a mild sedative).

Jo returned a few days later and was again supported by Linda and another CALM therapist, as well as her daughter and son. She said that she didn’t remember coming for the procedure previously but she was frightened and visibly upset. Whilst talking to her she disclosed that she had five children and gave the therapists the names of all five children. To help Jo, it was suggested that she focus on something she could easily remember and associate with feeling good and pleasant thoughts – the names of her children and the love she has for them.  Jo understood the procedure/ treatment could be stopped at any time. The approach was based on the therapists adapting their training in hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques to the Dementia Friends training delivered to staff in the hospital.  Jo agreed that she would give this a go.

During the mask making, the therapists repeated the names of Jo’s children to her throughout, asking her to remember what they were like when they were children.  This verbal dialogue was maintained throughout, delivered using language and verbal cues that promote deep relaxation. The mask making process was successfully completed. When Jo progressed to the CT scan, the same techniques were used.  Jo successfully completed this procedure, too, and was pleased.

Jo then came for her six weeks (30 sessions) of radiotherapy treatment. The therapists again used the hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques throughout, expanding them a little by asking her to imagine looking through a photo album full of photos showing her children as they were growing up, holiday photos, photos of special family events such as weddings, and so on. Jo started to have a routine of going for a cup of tea at the end of treatment and also requesting her favourite music (Bruce Springsteen).

Jo completed all six weeks of radiotherapy treatment successfully. She said at one point; ‘I can’t believe I have made it through … I am conquering my fear and happy I have been able to get there with treatment… I am not frightened any more … I feel safe being here’.

Three key points

  1. The services and support of Complementary Therapists is recognised by medical professionals in a major cancer centre in the North West .
  2. Complementary therapy interventions, such as hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques, can be used to help anxious clients complete distressing medical procedures.
  3. As part of an integrated healthcare team, complementary therapists can help to deliver truly patient-centred care.

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