College of Medicine announces dates for this year’s food conference


Food on Prescription 2019 is the latest in a series of food conferences, run by the College of Medicine, that have become a leading UK event on food, lifestyle and medicine for all healthcare professionals, who want to create a healthier future for patients, communities and the nation.

Held on Thursday October 24 at the Royal Society of Medicine, the conference will focus on:

  1. The latest insight on the biome and the relationship of food to our major lifestyle conditions
  2. Supporting healthy eating throughout our communities and nation
  3. Transforming the clinician and patient relationship including the 10 min consultation
  4. Creating a stronger coalition of stakeholders to reverse the current situation whereby those who most need healthy food are the least likely to be able to either access it or want it.

The Conference will include presenters who represent some of the leading experts and leaders in food, lifestyle and medicine as well as senior politicians from the largest political parties.  As in previous years, it is a conference that will ‘walk the talk’ including a healthy lunch and positive interaction with the audience but with a sharp focus on bringing about effective change at every level.

Vist the College of Medicine website for more information and to book tickets

College of Medicine publishes Complementary Medicine Roundup

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The College of Medicine has published its latest Complementary Medicine Roundup. Written by former barrister, Richard Eaton, the February roundup is packed with a wealth of information on the latest developments in complementary therapy, from research and advocacy, to current challenges and areas of progress.

The latest roundup begins with a mention of the 2018 FHT Conference, highlighting how Dr Michael Dixon spoke about a ‘”new horizon” for complementary and alternative medicine and integrated health and of its increasing acceptance by younger members of the (conventional) medical profession’.

Richard goes on to say that this increased acceptance of CAM is not limited to the UK, with progress being made in other countries, including the USA, Switzerland, Germany, France, Australia, India and the Netherlands.

As Richard notes, the ethos of a new horizon is reflected in the All-Party Parliamentary Group For Integrated Healthcare (PGIH) report, which we have also talked about on the FHT blog.

The roundup also looks at what could be next for CAM after Brexit, some research initiatives from Bristol University and an overview of research supporting the use of reiki.

Dr Leon Chaitow 2.jpgRichard ends the roundup by paying tribute to Dr Leon Chaitow and Dr Peter Fisher, who both sadly died last year. Dr Chaitow and Dr Fisher were highly influential figures, championing the use of CAM for many years, and will be missed. Dr Chaitow was an author and academic at the University of Westminster, who published more than 80 books on therapy, and was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies. Dr Fisher was director of research at University College London Hospital for Integrated Medicine and physician to the Queen, and was committed to holistic and compassionate care.

Read an interview with Dr Leon Chaitow in our online Reading Room


Read the full February Complementary Therapy roundup here

College of Medicine to host two-day integrated medicine course

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The College of Medicine and Integrated Health is running a two-day foundation course on integrated medicine, taking place on Thursday 15 to Friday 16 November 2018 at the Diorama Arts Centre in London.

This two-day course led by Professor David Peters and Dr Michael Dixon will provide an introduction to integrated health and care. It is open to all clinicians and therapists but should be particularly helpful for GPs and nurses, who are interested in looking beyond the conventional biomedical box.

Tickets are £250 for College of Medicine members and £350 for non-members. Full details and booking information can be found on the College’s website. Space is limited on this course, so early booking is advised.

The course will include sessions on lifestyle approaches, social prescribing, mind/body therapies and covers most mainstream complementary therapies.

The aim of the course will be to demonstrate healing potential beyond prescribing and referral, to provide information that will be useful in discussing non-conventional treatment options with patients and to teach some basic skills that can be used in clinical practice.

There will be a chance to hear national experts speak on their particular areas of integrated medicine and an opportunity for all those attending to create their own plans for future clinical practice.

Dr Michael Dixon will also be speaking at the 2018 FHT Conference, providing an overview of the current health and social care landscape, and discussing the different challenges and opportunities this presents for the successful integration of complementary therapies into mainstream care.