Have you bought yours yet?

The 2017 FHT Training Congress tickets are now live and selling fast! Here’s all you need to know about this year’s Training Congress.

The 2017 FHT Training Congress will be taking place within the Holistic Health show at the NEC in Birmingham on the 21 and 22 May 2017. The Training Congress will be separated across two days with 30 informative CPD sessions for you to attend. 

The FHT Training Congress not only caters for practising therapists, but students and the public who want to learn various topics from specific therapies, to general business advice.

Seminars include:

  • The Chrysalis Effect
  • Salon etiquette
  • Age and exercise  
  • How to attract clients who value you 
  • Understanding crystal therapy 
  • Ayurvedic facelift massage 
  • Auricular diagnosis (ear reading)
  • A social media business strategy
  • Happy, harmonious living 
  • Facial acupuncture

Where can you purchase your ticket?

All attendees will need to register themselves for a free ticket at the Holistic Health website in order to gain entry into the NEC.

Once you have done this, you can book your Training Congress tickets here.

Sessions cost only £12 for members and £15 for non-members, book yours now!

The FHT’s top tips

  • Don’t forget to bring a notepad and pen
  • The FHT stand is A32, come and visit us to purchase FHT products, chat to staff and try a taster treatment
  • CPD points are valuable for expanding your knowledge

FHT’s Julie McFadden featured in Holistic Therapist magazine

FHT, Register and Compliance Manager and salon owner, Julie McFadden has been featured in issue 21 of Holistic Therapist Magazine, offering her advice on continuing professional development (CPD).












In the informative article, Julie talks about how CPD not only benefits the therapist’s knowledge and business growth, but it helps their clients too. 

“(CPD) is the hallmark of a true professional and in line with what is expected of statutory regulated health professionals”.

Are you choosing the best course provider?

There are many course providers offering CPD and finding one that suits your needs can be difficult; you have to make sure that the course is relevant to your practice, of a good standard and cost effective.

Julie explains the importance of doing a little research and how being prepared in advance can go a long way. When looking for a training provider, “Look at their website or training brochure and ask yourself whether you feel confident that they are experienced. Are there testimonials from happy therapists and is their course accredited or recognised by a professional organisation?”.

FHT Hosted courses

The FHT provides a range of CPD courses around the UK and online.

To view our courses, click here

Taking the fear out of CPD

Here at the FHT we know that CPD can be daunting for our members, there has been confusion over why cpd is important and how can members attain CPD points. Today’s blog is aimed at taking the fear out of CPD.

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What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The FHT defines CPD as a range of activities through which professional therapists maintain and develop their skills to ensure that they retain their capacity to practice safely, effectively and legally, within their scope of practice.

In the simplest terms, CPD is any activity that refreshes or develops your skills and knowledge in the therapies you currently practice. 

Why is CPD effective?

CPD keeps you in touch with current practice – knowledge grows over time and there may be better ways of doing things since you qualified, or more information about why certain practices are more effective.  Your first qualification is only the start of the journey; you will be learning more from each client. CPD can provide a way for you to reflect on that practice in a structured way.

The FHT measures CPD on a points scale – FHT Members and Fellows* are expected to complete a minimum of 10 CPD points per membership year. For example, if a member joined or renewed their FHT membership on 6th March 2016, 10 CPD points will need to have been acquired by 5th March 2017.

CPD is good professional practice for the FHT, CPD is a mandatory part of good professional practice as well as a fundamental principle of professional ethics.

For the public, service users and employers, CPD provides the reassurance that as individuals, and as a profession, the FHT members are committed to upholding standards.

The FHT places the responsibility on each member to decide what their professional development needs are and how to address them through a variety of CPD activities. Members are asked to focus on the quality and outcome of CPD activities, as opposed to the time spent on these.

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CPD points can be gained from a wide variety of methods:

  • Work-based learning

This may include:

Case studies, reflective practice, in-service training activity and supervising or mentoring (other therapists or being mentored)

  • Professional activity

This may include:

Writing an article for publication, preparing and delivering a lecture, preparing and delivering a full-day seminar,  attending a Local Support Group meeting, organizing a Local Support Group meeting and attending a committee meeting on behalf of FHT or another professional group.

  • Formal/educational

This may include: 

Further training seminar or workshop (day), further training seminar or workshop (half-day), new therapy qualification (under 50 hours study/teaching contact) and New therapy qualification (over 50 hours study/teaching contact)

  • Self-directed activities

This may include:

Reading journal/technical articles and reflecting on these, creating a business plan, developing a marketing plan, International Therapist spiral quiz.

For more information about CPD, please visit www.fht.org.uk/cpd

Free online CPD opportunities

Free online CPD courses


What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is essential to good professional practice, showing the public, service users and employees that members are committed to upholding high standards. FHT Members and Fellows are committed to CPD*, completing a minimum of 10 points each year, and this can be done in a variety of ways.

Each year, a random selection of members is asked to submit their CPD evidence for review. Make sure to keep a record of your CPD evidence in case you are selected. It is your responsibility to set up your own CPD portfolio, in a format that suits, but FHT recommends that you record the following:

  • Date of the activity;
  • Type of activity e.g. professional activity, work based learning, etc;
  • Therapy(s) practised that this activity relates to;
  • Brief description of the activity and how this has benefitted your practise;
  • Total time to complete activity; and
  • Number of points allocated.

How to get free CPD

Two of the most convenient ways to achieve CPD points come right to your door, four times a year. The CPD questions and Spiral Quiz in each issue of International Therapist magazine are good places to start. The Spiral Quizzes can net up to a maximum of four points a year, and each CPD question will gain you two CPD points.

If you are based in England, you can also earn free CPD points from vision2learn, and across the UK from HMRC. vision2learn offers FREE online courses in association with further education colleges. These include level 2 certificates in Nutrition and Health, Working in the Health Sector, Diabetes Care, End of Life Care, in addition to essential business skills such as Customer Service – all of which will award ten CPD points – your total for the year!

HMRC offers FREE e-learning for self-employed members on tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses, worth 2 CPD points. 

There are a number of other ‘free’ CPD activities that you can complete on your own. Maybe you are a therapy teacher or write articles for publication. As long as this is related to your therapy work, these activities can count towards CPD. You could also develop a business plan or update your marketing.

Reflective practice about an article or element of therapy practise is another free way to earn CPD.  Reflective practice is the term given for something that many of us do every day without even realising it! By recording what and how you have learnt from your experience, step-by-step, you can earn five CPD points. It’s similar to keeping a private diary and requires you to be completely honest with yourself. You can use it to record a positive experience or a difficult one.

There are many journals, including our own, that update you on therapies, best practice, research and other CPD articles. You can count this work for CPD, but it is a requirement that you reflect on the article in writing (min 300 words). In every issue of our journal we publish an aid to this reflective work based on the articles published.

Other CPD sources

Local Support Groups

The FHT local support group meetings, as well as any other professional support group meeting, can enhance your therapy knowledge. While not free, local support groups do offer discounts for FHT members, and meeting dues are typically less than the price of a cup of coffee. For information on the FHT local support groups www.fht.org.uk/lsgs

FHT Hosted Courses

We’re committed to supporting every member with CPD, whatever your field.  We offer a range of training courses that have been vetted and approved by the FHT, so you can be sure they meet the highest standards.

FHT Training Congress

You cannot earn points by simply attending the exhibition, but you can earn one CPD point per hour for attending any seminars or workshops offered at exhibitions as long as they relate to the therapies you practise.

For more information and CPD points allocation, visit fht.org.uk/CPD

*FHT Students, Affiliates and Associates are not required to complete CPD.

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