2019 FHT Excellence Awards Finalists Announced

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The FHT is delighted to announce the finalists for its prestigious 2019 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

Rebecca Ayres

Julie Crossman

Jackie Hamilton

Emi Howe

Lorraine Millard

Louise Summerscales

 

FHT Sports Therapist of the Year

Rebecca Ayres

Alexandra Fraser

Emily Pollington

 

FHT Beauty Therapist of the Year

Alison Day

Fiona Murphy

Joanna Taplin

 

FHT Student of the Year

Elle Bussey

Samantha Killian

Philip Norton

 

FHT Tutor of the Year

Katherine Creighton Crook

Marie Duggan

Carol Samuel

 

FHT Local Group Coordinator of the Year

Dee Kelsall

Carina Stinchcombe

Hazel Tudor

 

Christopher Byrne, FHT President, says: ‘Every year, without fail, the shortlisting process leaves our judges feeling truly humbled and privileged, as it gives us a unique insight into the amazing work our members are doing on a daily basis. Good luck to this year’s finalists and as always, keep up the excellent work. What you do matters.’

The winners of the 2019 FHT Excellence Awards will be announced at a special FHT Conference to be held at The King’s Fund, London, on Friday 29 November, where guests will be able to hear from leading experts in education, research and integrated healthcare (see fht.org.uk/conference  for more details). Tickets start from just £75 but spaces are limited – book now to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of early bird prices.

FHT event shortlisted for Association Excellence Award

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We are delighted to announce that the FHT has been shortlisted as finalists for this year’s Association Excellence Awards.

Following a very successful 2018 FHT Conference in November, at the King’s Fund in London, we join five other finalists, all hoping to win the excellence award for Best New Association Conference or Event.

The 2018 FHT Conference was a fantastic opportunity for us bring together leading experts in research, education, and health and social care to discuss some of the many ways professional therapists can help to support the public and health professionals, and share successful models of integrated care.

Held at The King’s Fund, London, the conference featured talks by researchers, Professor Nicola Robinson and Dr Julie McCullough; therapists working in integrated care, Jennifer Young and Anita Mehrez; as well as two of social prescription’s pioneering GPs, Sir Sam Everington and Dr Michael Dixon.

We look forward to hosting a conference again this year, which will be taking place at The King’s Fund, London, on Friday 29 November.

The conference will once again bring together leading experts in research, education and healthcare to explore the future of integrated health and social care. We will also be announcing the winners of our annual FHT Excellence Awards on the day – shining a spotlight on the different ways therapies can make a difference to the health and wellbeing of others.

Learn how you can be part of the integrated healthcare revolution

 

We’re looking for inspirational sports therapists to enter the 2019 FHT Excellence Awards

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Have you or a sports therapist you know helped an athlete transition from a debilitating injury to full recovery?

Given an athlete the tools to overcome mental and physical challenges that resulted from injury?

Worked as part of a team providing vital pre- and post-event treatment or injury prevention strategies ensuring athletes perform at the highest level?

We want to hear from inspirational therapists that are raising the bar in sports therapy excellence for this year’s FHT Excellence Awards. If that sounds like you or a therapist you know, enter yourself or nominate them for FHT Sports Therapist of the Year.

The winner of the category will receive a trophy, certificate and £250, presented at the 2019 FHT Conference, taking place on Friday 29 November at The King’s Fund, London. They will also be featured in International Therapist magazine and the Winners Guide, shared with our national and regional press contacts.

Other categories in this year’s awards are:

This is your time to shine! Entries close 28 June.

Find out more and enter/nominate

 

Last year’s winner for FHT Sports Therapist of the Year was Nefeli Tsiouti, MFHT:

2018 FHT Sports Therapist of the Year

An international member of the FHT, Nefeli (centre) is a sports massage therapist with a background in dance and dance science. As such, the focus of her work and research has been to improve health and reduce injury in dancers, performing artists and other movers in general. From first-hand experience, Nefeli knows how prone this group is to injury and that some performers, such as breakers (or break dancers), are not invested in properly when it comes to injury prevention education. To address this, she collaborated with other dance and medical experts to conduct research and offer conditioning, strengthening and injury prevention workshops and lectures to dancers in several different countries.

Speaking about her win, Nefeli says: ‘I am honoured to have received the Sports Therapist of the Year award since it gives me international recognition for my work as a researcher and a therapist. FHT has been a very supportive organisation, and I know that this award will open many more doors for me and my career.’

Could you or a therapist you know be our 2019 Beauty Therapist of the Year?

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Have you or a beauty therapist you know supported a client to overcome low self-esteem?

Helped a client with a condition affecting their body image and witnessed profound changes in their confidence?

Raised the bar in beauty therapy excellence?

For this year’s FHT Excellence Awards, we’re keen to hear about inspirational beauty therapists that have made a real difference to the lives of their clients. If that describes you or a therapist you know, enter yourself or nominate them for 2019 FHT Beauty Therapist of the Year.

The winner of the category will receive a trophy, certificate and £250, presented at the 2019 FHT Conference, taking place on Friday 29 November at The King’s Fund, London. They will also be featured in International Therapist Magazine and the Winners Guide, shared with our national and regional press contacts.

Other awards categories include:

This is your time to shine! Entries close 28 June.

Find out more and enter/nominate

 

Skin and facial specialist, Cristina Coelho, MFHT, won the title of FHT Beauty Therapist of the Year in 2017:

2017 FHT Beauty Therapist of the Year

Cristina (right) was awarded FHT Beauty Therapist of the Year for providing excellent customer service. She uses a non-invasive, holistic and person-centred approach when creating facials for her clients, taking into account the vital role vitamins play in helping to keep the skin healthy and vibrant.

Her award nomination was accompanied by more than 30 client testimonials, from male and female clients seeking treatments for ageing concerns, sun-pigmentation, hypersensitive skin and acne, amongst others. One client, whose face has a number of lesions caused by a condition called discoid lupus, commented ‘I feel Cristina is committed to helping me, which calms my fears and encourages me to be patient as my skin continues to heal’.

Speaking about her award, Cristina says: ‘I’m so pleased to have won FHT Beauty Therapist of the Year. My passion is to achieve outstanding results for my clients and make them look and feel their very best, so I’m truly grateful that this has been recognised. I carefully research and source the best technology and products available in order for my clients to attain and maintain excellent skin health, and my overall aim is for clients find my bespoke facials as effective as they are enjoyable.’

School for thought

FHT’s Editor and Communications Manager, Karen Young, visits the NHS Natural Health School team in North Yorkshire

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From left to right: Karen Young, Gwyn Featonby, Beverley Harrison, Sarah Grant, and NHS Natural Health School student, Lorraine Cole

One cold morning in January, I travelled from Southampton to Harrogate to meet with Gwyn Featonby, Sarah Grant and Beverley Harrison – three members of the award-winning team that head up the NHS Natural Health School, based at Harrogate District Hospital, Harrogate and District Foundation Trust (HDFT).

I only had time to spend a few hours with this lovely trio but it was well worth the 500-mile round trip (actually, make that 507, because I overshot Harrogate station, checking emails on my phone!).

The school, which was officially launched in May 2018, is the first NHS-approved and owned complementary therapy school, run by NHS employees. It was developed to create a self-sustaining model of care for patients, delivered by therapists trained to the highest standards of care expected of any health professional working within the NHS. But as the team will be more than happy to tell you, this didn’t just happen ‘overnight’ – it took four years and a lot of hard work to get to where they are today.

When Sarah took on the role of Patient Information and Health and Wellbeing Manager at the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, HDFT, in 2014, part of her responsibility was to develop and improve the existing complementary therapy service. At the time, it comprised of six self-employed therapists, who took turns to provide four hours of treatment a week to self-referring patients. While the therapists offered a very good level of service, there was no consistency for those accessing treatment, and no measures in place to show the true value of the service to patients and staff. As such, it was seen as more of a ‘nice to have’, informal spa, than a service that offered real therapeutic potential.

Sarah quickly set to work to future-proof and improve the complementary therapy service. As well as securing dedicated space for delivering therapies and training within the newly built Centre, Julie Crossman, MFHT – one of the original therapy team members – was tasked with overseeing an audit of the complementary therapy service using MYCAW*, so that they could start to build an evidence base of the treatments provided. A little later Sarah brought Gwyn on board, to develop a therapy training programme that would meet both CQC (Care Quality Commission) and industry standards and equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to work confidently and safely with patients with complex health needs.

When I walked into the Centre less than a fortnight ago, I have to say, it felt very calm and welcoming, and as if the NHS Natural Health School has been running smoothly for many years as opposed to months. Today, the model created by Sarah, Gwyn and the team means that for each cohort of students they have on a training pathway at a time, 72 patients are removed from the complementary therapy service waiting list.

Self-referring is also a thing of the past, with all patients now being referred by a health professional working at the Centre. Many of these health professionals have experienced the treatments first-hand, after accessing these when a patient has cancelled or been unable to attend an appointment. Others have simply seen how different therapies have helped to resolve issues such as pain management or sleep difficulties in patients, which previously might have required referral to a specialist, costing the NHS even more precious time and money.

Sarah also highlighted that an unexpected benefit of providing health professionals access to the complementary therapy service is that they feel valued and cared for, and as word travels fast in the medical community, this has vastly helped to improve recruitment at the hospital. Staff who feel valued are also more likely to volunteer to do overtime, because they’re happy to ‘give a little something back’.

So, what’s next? Once the team are completely happy with the model, they hope to introduce it to other departments within the hospital and then, ultimately, license it out to other Trusts, so that these too can benefit from a self-sustaining complementary therapy service, which has quality and patient-centred care at the core. It certainly seems to be a win-win situation for all involved – namely a struggling NHS system, over-burdened health professionals in danger of burn out, therapists in need of hands-on experience working with complex patients and, most importantly, patients in need of support.

Keen to learn more about the NHS Natural Health School and team?

Read an article by Gwyn about the NHS Natural Health School

Learn more about Gwyn winning 2018 FHT Tutor of the Year

Read about Gwyn and Julie winning a Complementary Therapy Award 2018

*MYCAW (Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing) is a patient-reported outcome measure often use by complementary therapists working in cancer care.

Celebrating the winners

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To celebrate the success of our 2018 FHT Excellence Awards winners who were announced at our 2018 FHT Conference in November, we’ve produced a special brochure where you can learn more about their work and why our judges thought they were deserving of their award.  Click here to read our special winners guide .

And for those that didn’t attend the conference but would like to experience some of the inspiring talks that were given by the expert speakers at the event, we’ve put together a highlights video with some of the best bits.

Thank you to everyone that attended the conference and made it one of our best events yet. We hope to see you at the next one.

FHT’s International Therapist magazine shortlisted for excellence award

The FHT is thrilled at today’s announcement that International Therapist has been shortlisted for the Best Association Magazine category of the Association Excellence Awards 2018.

The awards, organised by GCN Events, aim to ‘recognise and reward the hard-won achievements of UK trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations [and] highlight excellence in how these operate and serve their members’.

Karen Young, FHT’s Editor and Communications Manager, said: ‘We’re all incredibly excited that International Therapist has been listed as a finalist in these prestigious awards. It’s a real testament to everyone involved in producing the magazine, not least our members, whose contributions and feedback helps us to shape International Therapist, ensuring it remains topical and one of the most highly respected publications for professional therapists.’

Fingers crossed for 12 October, when the winners will be announced! We’ll be sure to keep members informed.