Awards recognise the contribution of therapists working in pain management and palliative care

Complementary Therapy Awards

Sponsored by the FHT, the Complementary Therapy Awards aim to acknowledge the success, innovation and best practice of complementary therapists. Whether you help clients manage a chronic condition, illness, or support general wellbeing, award organisers Chamberlain Dunn would like to hear from you.

In this blog post we take a look at two of this year’s categories, the Award for Palliative Care and the Award for Pain Management, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation.

Palliative care: improving the quality of life

Complementary therapies can improve quality of life, sleep and pain management in those receiving palliative and end of life care. Some therapists will also show the patient’s close friend or relative some gentle techniques, so that they can have a productive and comforting role to play at this crucial time, which can otherwise leave them feeling helpless.

The award for palliative care is about showcasing how therapies are helping people receiving palliative or end of life care, as well as their families and carers. Entries for this category so far include therapies such as reflexology, reiki, massage, aromatherapy, Bowen and story massage.

So whether you are an individual practitioner or working as part of a bigger team, please feel free to enter. Or you might be someone who has experience of how complementary therapies have helped a friend or family member and want to help the practitioner get recognition for their work.

Pain: offering relief and support

Pain has a huge impact on every aspect of a person’s daily life and also on the lives of those around them. People living with pain will undoubtedly experience fear, frustration, loneliness and isolation at some point, this on top of living and coping with pain. Pain management is one of the most under-funded services in the NHS and yet is one of the most common, debilitating and potentially life-changing conditions.

Across the UK complementary therapies are offering relief and support for sufferers, whether that is in pain management, injury prevention or rehabilitation. Chamberlain Dunn is seeking applications from therapists who are helping to improve pain perception and pain management. Entries for this category include therapists successfully offering osteopathy, remedial and sports massage, myofascial therapy and reflexology.

Deadlines

FHT members will receive free entry if they apply before 31 July. Before submitting your entry please contact Chamberlain Dunn at rachael@chamberdunn.co.uk or 0208 33 44 500 for a ‘discount code’ to enter at the checkout.

Any entries after the above date will cost £45 each and need to be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 3 September.

Find out more or enter the awards

Radio interview – massage for people with dementia

Nicolle Mitchell Radio

As the headline sponsor of Chamberlain Dunn’s Complementary Therapy Awards, the FHT has been invited to put forward industry experts to promote the health benefits of complementary therapy on UK Health Radio.

This week, FHT member and accredited course provider, Nicolle Mitchell, talked to Duncan Ellison about how massage and positive touch can benefit those affected by dementia on his popular digital radio show, The Therapy Suite.

Widely regarded as an expert in her field, Nicolle received an FHT Excellence Award in 2012 for developing a specialist course that enables massage therapists, healthcare professionals and carers to connect confidently with people living with dementia through meaningful touch, helping to reduce anxiety, increase wellbeing and improve quality of life.

The interview was recently aired on UK Health Radio as part of a ‘Dementia Special’ and is available on demand, on Duncan Ellison’s webpage

Enjoy listening and please share this news item with interested colleagues, friends and family.

Radio interview – Jennifer Young and Dr Michael Dixon featured on Yes To Life Show

UK Health Radio

As the headline sponsor of Chamberlain Dunn’s Complementary Therapy Awards, the FHT has been invited to put forward industry experts to promote the health benefits of complementary therapy on UK Health Radio.

This Sunday, tune in and hear FHT accredited course provider, Jennifer Young, being interviewed by Robin Daly on UK Health Radio’s ‘Yes To Life Show’. Founder of Beauty Despite Cancer, Jennifer talks to Robin about developing a range of natural skincare products for people affected by cancer, setting up an appearance and wellbeing clinic based in a major London hospital, and developing specialist training for therapists.

As part of the same show, Robin also talks to Dr Michael Dixon, GP and Chair of the College of Medicine, who is a strong advocate of preventative medicine, healthy living and integrated health care. Among other topics, they discuss Dr Dixon’s unique practice in Devon, social prescribing, and why complementary therapies are important to the health service. As Dr Dixon tells Robin in the interview, ‘In the future, as we start to expand our view of what local health involves and who needs to be included in that, I think complementary medicine will become a major influence – not only in terms of individual treatment, but also in terms of improving local health within our communities’.

The interview will be aired at 2am on Sunday 15 July on UK Health Radio – but don’t worry if you’ll be tucked up in bed! The interview will be repeated throughout the week at different times each day and then made available on demand, on Robin Daly’s webpage

Enjoy listening and please share this news item with others who support integrated healthcare!

Hear more from Jennifer and Dr Dixon at FHT’s Annual Conference in November

We’re delighted to announce that Jennifer and Dr Dixon will also be speaking at our FHT Conference: Supporting the Integrated Healthcare Agenda at The King’s Fund, London, this November. More details will be announced soon in International Therapist and on our website and blog, so watch this space…

Radio interview – reflexology and pain management

Photo of Carol Samuel

As the headline sponsor of Chamberlain Dunn’s Complementary Therapy Awards, the FHT has been invited to put forward industry experts to promote the health benefits of complementary therapy on UK Health Radio.

This week, tune in and hear FHT Excellence Award Winner (2014), Dr Carol Samuel, FFHT, talk to Dr Vijay Murthy about the potential role of reflexology in pain management on his popular radio show, Unlock Your Health.

As part of her PhD, Carol carried out research into the effects of reflexology on pain. The results of her exploratory study, published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, indicated that reflexology increased acute pain threshold and tolerance.

The interview will be aired at 2am this Wednesday on UK Health Radio – but don’t worry if you’ll be tucked up in bed! The interview will be repeated throughout the week at different times each day and then made available on demand, on Dr Vijay Murphy’s webpage

Enjoy listening and please share this news item with fellow therapists and reflexology fans!

FHT supports new Complementary Therapy Awards

2018 FHT Excellence Awards and Complementary Therapy Awards
Now in its eighth year, the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards will once again recognise those setting the bar in complementary, sports and beauty therapy.

In addition to our own awards, we are delighted to announce that we will also be supporting the new Complementary Therapy Awards launching in April this year, to help advance the integrated healthcare agenda.

The Complementary Therapy Awards has been organised by Chamberlain Dunn, following on from the success of their long-established Advancing Healthcare Awards, which brings together 60 specialisms across the allied health professions and healthcare science. Award winners themselves, Chamberlain Dunn also works with the Healthcare People Management Association, which represents human resource professionals in UK healthcare, and for ten years organised the most comprehensive medical careers fair in conjunction with the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

FHT’s Executive Director, Jane Long, says: ‘I am thrilled that the FHT is supporting the Complementary Therapy Awards. Alongside our own FHT Excellence Awards, these new awards will bring further recognition to best practice in our industry, by highlighting how complementary therapists are successfully working alongside or supporting statutory regulated health and care professionals to enhance patient-centred care and improve treatment outcomes.

As the programme is being run by Chamberlain Dunn, it will also offer independent validation to the work of those therapists and healthcare projects that are showcased. Furthermore, by sponsoring the awards, the FHT has a unique opportunity to network with key influencers working in the healthcare sector, raising awareness about our professional members and the FHT’s Accredited Register.’

Entries for the FHT Excellence Awards and Complementary Therapy Awards will open in April – look out for future announcements on our website, in your monthly FHT newsletters and International Therapist magazine.