Patient reported outcome measures

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Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) are tools that can be used by therapists to capture information about the services they provide, from the perspective of the client.

There are a number of different types of PROMs but most are in the form of a simple questionnaire, which is completed during the consultation process and can help to monitor change between treatments. For example, the client might be asked to choose one or two current concerns they have, and then rate these on a scale of 0 to 6. Depending on the individual, this could be the level of pain they are experiencing, or something else that is affecting their health, wellbeing or quality of life.

By recording this data, therapists can assess the changes in clients over time or after a specific number of treatments. This can help to provide evidence that a treatment plan is having the desired effect or, conversely, indicate that it may not be the most appropriate course of action for the client’s presenting problem.

The 2019 FHT member survey showed that 15% of FHT members are already using PROMs to monitor client or patient progress. Many of these therapists work in hospices, hospitals and other healthcare settings, where PROMs are often used to evaluate a complementary therapy service and hopefully demonstrate its value to those accessing treatment.

Examples of PROMS that can be used by therapists include MYMOP, MYCAW and WEMWBS, as well as the more recently developed WHHQ.

As a long-standing corporate member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare (PGIH), the FHT is supportive of the recommendation in its recently published Integrated Health report that ‘Complementary, traditional and natural healthcare associations should take steps to educate and advise their members about the use of Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profiles (MYMOP), and patient outcome measures should be collated by an independent central resource to identify for what conditions patients are seeking treatment, and with what outcomes’.

At present, the Research Council for Complementary Medicine is in discussions with the PGIH regarding independently collating and analysing patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) data gathered from members of complementary therapy associations, including the FHT.

The FHT will keep its members updated of any progress in future communications and at the 2019 FHT Conference at The King’s Fund, London, this November (see below).

Learn more about patient reported outcome measures at the 2019 FHT Conference

Dr John Hughes will be providing an overview of patient reported outcome measures at this year’s FHT Conference, including different types of PROMs that are client and therapist-friendly, the contexts where these can be used, benefits and limitations of PROMs, and how the data can be used to evaluate treatments and further integrated healthcare.

John is director of research for the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, UCLH NHS Trust, and co-chair of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM). He is also a visiting fellow within the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, University of Southampton, and works closely with the World Health Organisation on the subject of traditional medicine.

Find out more and book your tickets for the 2019 FHT Conference

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

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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

FHT pleased to sponsor Natural Health International Beauty Awards

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We recently helped Natural Health magazine celebrate the very best in holistic beauty by sponsoring its International Beauty Awards.

It was the perfect opportunity to raise the profile of FHT and our members to its readers over seven months of pre-awards promotion, at its awards event and in post-event communications.

FHT Vice President, Maria Mason (pictured above), was delighted to attend the event to celebrate the winners at the awards gala evening on Friday 5 July at the Hilton London Olympia hotel.

Maria was pleased to see the event place a strong emphasis on the importance of reducing plastic waste and sustainability:

‘FHT is delighted to sponsor these awards, as they shine a spotlight on innovative and natural products that are ideal for holistic beauty treatments. Organic, ethical and vegan brands are becoming increasingly important to both our members and the public, and these awards help to celebrate those at the forefront.’

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FHT member Tamer Morsy wins gold medal at massage world championship

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Congratulations to Tamer Morsy, MFHT, who took home a gold medal, after finishing first place in the Freestyle Massage Western inspired category at the World Championship in Massage, held in Copenhagen from 22-23 June.

No stranger to professional recognition, Tamer adds the gold medal to a string of recent awards, including a bronze medal at the European Massage Championships and a silver medal at the UK’s National Massage Championships last year.

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Representing the UK, Tamer finished ahead of stiff competition in the Freestyle Massage Western inspired category, with the USA’s Patrick Arnold gaining silver and fellow Brit and FHT member, Slav Marinov gaining bronze. Therapists in this category displayed versatile skills, combining different types of western massage methods, including self treatment, cupping, massage with tools and other types of bodywork.

Speaking to the FHT Tamer says, ‘Participating in championships allows me to meet fantastic therapists from all around the world (200 therapists from around 50 different countries participated in this one). It feels amazing to be surrounded by like-minded people who share the same interest and passion. I’ve seen a lot of new techniques and types of treatment and it gives me the opportunity to be judged by more experienced therapists and get their feedback about ways to improve my skills.

‘It feels amazing to get the gold medal. I didn’t expect to win, but when I received the medal, it boosted my confidence and indicated that I’m using my current knowledge about massage therapy efficiently. However, from what I’ve seen from the other participants, there’s a lot more to learn. Also, I was sponsored by CityLux during this championship, and coming in first place made me appreciate their trust and believing in me.

‘For those considering entering, they should definitely go for it. Everyone who participates in similar championships gains something. What is gained from networking and learning is a guaranteed win. Delivering treatments while judges and other therapists are watching is a different experience, as it takes you out of your comfort zone, making you more experienced for when you are delivering therapies in a treatment room. In addition, it opens unexpected doors for career development and progression, and can easily boost your business.

‘The next Championship is the UK National Massage Championship, [sponsored by the FHT] at Olympia London, and therapists who are planning to participate need to spend enough time practising their routine and ask for other trusted mentors to observe and help them to improve.’

 

The National Massage Championship supports competitors from the moment they register

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The National Massage Championship returns to Olympia London on Sunday 29 and Monday 30 September. Hosted by Olympia Beauty, the competition, now in its second year, is the only UK competition of its kind.

Sponsored by The FHT, Massage World, CityLux and Massage Warehouse, the competition continues to go from strength to strength, with an incredible line-up of judges and a Facebook Group set up to support the competitors from the moment they register.

Head judge for the competition this year is Susan Findlay alongside international judges Jeppe Tengbjerg, Ryan Hoyme, Meghan Mari, Earle Abrahamson, The FHT’s very own Vice President, Mary Dalgleish and others.

Susan has lead the competition into a new arena with video content supporting the competitors from the moment they think about entering the competition. Questions like ‘How can you judge massage?’ ‘What is the National Massage Championship?’ and ‘What are you going to get from competing?’ are answered in short videos by Susan, Earle and Mary. There are also judges’ Top Tips, to give competitors a better understanding of what they will be looking for at The National Massage Championship this year.

To watch the videos please visit @thenmclondon on Instagram. 

The competition invites all qualified massage therapists and bodyworkers from the UK to compete for a trophy or two across six competition categories.

These include:

  • SPA/Wellness Massage
  • Freestyle Massage
  • Eastern Massage
  • Chair Massage
  • Advanced Massage
  • Swedish/Deep Tissue Massage

It’s okay to have questions! 

If you’d like to discuss the competition before entering then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Organisers Kate from Citylux and Carl from MassageWorld, alongside Olympia Beauty’s Laura and Ian are all ready to answer your questions and help guide you through the competition. Reach out via one of their social channels or email laura.tarling@olympiabeauty.co.uk for further information.

Save 30% on your place in the competition! 

Simply register before 30.06.19 and use the code FHT2019 to save 30% on your place!

Go to www.olympiabeauty.co.uk/thenmc

Facebook: @TheNMCLondon

Instagram: @thenmclondon

Three top tips for getting referrals from GPs

Practising GP, Dr Toh Wong, gave therapists insightful advice on getting referrals from GPs at the 2019 FHT Training Congress. We had the pleasure of meeting up with Dr Wong after the talk, where we asked him for his three top tips for getting referrals from GPs.

Find out more about future CPD opportunities with the FHT at www.fht.org.uk

FHT to give presentation at Integrative Health Convention

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FHT Vice President, Mary Dalgleish, will be giving a presentation on aromatherapy at the 2019 Integrative Health Convention in London this October.

The convention aims to bring together members of the public and health professionals with an interest in complementary and integrated healthcare, to learn, share and connect.

As well as explaining the health benefits of aromatherapy and what a typical treatment involves, Mary’s talk will cover the history and origins of aromatherapy; different modes of application; the therapeutic properties of various essential oils; and issues regarding safe practice.

Delegates will also be signposted to the FHT’s Accredited Register when looking for a professional complementary therapist, both at the end of Mary’s presentation and in FHT goody bags being distributed across the two days.

To promote her involvement, Mary recently took part in an interview with Dr Toh Wong, co-organiser of the convention and a council member of the College of Medicine. Click the link below to learn more about Mary’s talk, why she trained to be a therapist, and how she feels complementary therapists can help to support both the general public and the current health and care system. A special promotional code is available at the end of the video, providing FHT members a 5% discount off their booking.

Watch a video of Mary being interviewed by Dr Toh Wong