Announcing the 2018 FHT Excellence Award winners

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Congratulations to all our winners and finalists at yesterday’s 2018 FHT Excellence Awards!

Held at The King’s Fund, London, on 29 November, the awards followed the FHT Conference, where leading experts in research, education and health and social care discussed the integration of complementary therapies into mainstream care.


Conference and awards host, Janey Lee Grace—a regular presenter on Radio 2 and UK Health Radio—announced the winners of the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards, which serve to recognise those raising the bar in therapy training and practice.

2018 FHT Excellence Awards winners

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Complementary Therapist of the Year
Winner: Jane Sheehan
For developing a new delivery model for a complementary therapy service within an NHS palliative care unit.

Highly Commended: Kelly De Souza, Marc Johnson, Julie McCullough

Finalists: Robert Sylvester Coleman, Julie Crossman, Jackie Grimley, Nicolle Mitchell
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Sports Therapist of the Year
Winner: Nefeli Tsiouti
For her work in helping to improve health and reduce injuries in dancers, professional artists and other movers.

Finalists: Sheree Phelps, Sophie Vowden

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FHT Local Support Group Coordinator or the Year
Winner: Alison Brown
For sharing the content of her group meetings via a number of online platforms for therapists unable to attend in person.

Finalist: Kim Newman-Clark

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FHT Student of the Year
Winner: Brian Jauncey
For his inspirational story of retraining as a complementary therapist following his first-hand experience of using therapies for a back injury.

Finalist: Teresa Elliott

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FHT Tutor of the Year
Winner: Gwyn Featonby
For her work in developing the first NHS approved therapy training school and a unique NHS Certificate in Complementary Therapies.

Highly Commended: Dawn Morse

Finalists: Maureen Bonner, Sharon Mountford, Jane Sheehan


Helping clients from injury to recovery

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Have you helped an athlete transition from a debilitating injury to full recovery?

Has an inspirational colleague really raised the bar in sports therapy excellence?

Do you work as part of a team that works with professional athletes, providing cutting-edge pitch-side support?

Perhaps you have given an athlete the tools to overcome mental and physical challenges that resulted from injury?

Maybe you know a therapist whose injury prevention strategies have helped sports people continue to perform at the highest level?

If any of the above sounds familiar, or if you have an equivalent therapy success story, we’d love to hear from you. We will be celebrating the wonderful work and achievements of our members at the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards.

Hear from previous winners

Last year, Sheree Phelps, MFHT, was named Sports Therapist of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards for her work with athletes, including her voluntary service with the Welsh Rugby Union’s Elite Women’s Programme. Speaking about her win, Sheree said: ‘This award means so much to me. Coming from a competitive sporting career, it has always been important for to me to build a professional and welcoming practice for my clients. Having the knowledge to clearly explain why and how I am going to treat them, in an empathetic and relaxing environment, so that they can unwind from their daily stresses has always been my ultimate goal.’

Award categories

You can self-nominate, or put forward an inspirational colleague or team, for one of the following categories (click for entry criteria):

Closing date 30 June, 2018

Click here to enter


FHT supports new Complementary Therapy Awards

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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.

Don’t let the clock strike midnight on your evening of excellence

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Time is running out to book your early bird tickets for the 2017 FHT Members’ Dinner! There’s only one month left on our special discounted price of £35 per person, so book early to avoid disappointment. Prices will increase on 1 September, 2017, for this glitzy gala of good food and great therapists.

The Royal Pump Rooms is one of the oldest surviving bath houses in the UK, and we’re excited to share with you this unique and striking venue. Opened in 1814, the Royal Pump Rooms was one of the UK’s premier spa establishments of the Regency era, and attracted thousands of people every year to take to the healing waters. With original marble architecture, ancient sculptures, and original features, this venue is truly captivating and fascinating for therapists and non-therapists alike.

Join us in this incredible venue as we celebrate excellence in the therapy industry. Hear inspiring stories from members who have made big changes to others’ lives through their work, help us celebrate all of our therapists’ achievements great or small, and say thank you for their continued hard work in practice. And tables of ten are only £325, so bring along your friends as we party into the night!



Peter Mackereth honoured at 2016 FHT Excellence Awards

Dr Peter Mackereth, Clinical Lead of the Complementary Therapy Service at The Christie for 15 years, was presented with a special FHT President’s Award at a national awards ceremony.

Organised by the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), the event was held on Wednesday, 26 October at One Whitehall Place, London, to bring much deserved recognition to high-calibre practitioners, students and tutors working in the complementary, sports and holistic beauty industries.

Each year, FHT’s President also selects a special individual to receive an award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to integrated healthcare and the complementary therapy industry.

Paul Battersby, President of the FHT, says: ‘It was an honour and a pleasure to present this award to Peter, who I trained with many years ago. Not only has he personally provided support and relief to thousands of patients through complementary therapy, his research and training has ensured that other therapists working in cancer can offer the same support, competently and safely.’

Just before Peter was invited on stage to receive his award, those attending the ceremony were given an overview of some of his achievements…

When Peter first trained as a nurse, nearly 40 years ago, he was taught to give a simple back massage to help patients settle at night. He took to massage very naturally, so went on to do additional training at Charing Cross Hospital in the 1980s. With the support of different consultants, he then started to introduce massage and other complementary therapies into his nurse teaching, as well as his clinical practice, supporting patients with conditions such as HIV, MS and Parkinson’s disease.

In 2001, he started work at The Christie, a specialist cancer centre in Manchester. As Clinical Lead for Complementary Therapy, his role was to develop a team of therapists and look at ways to generate income to support a complementary therapy service at the hospital. At the time, there were only two part-time therapists at The Christie. Today, there is team of 30-plus therapists on hand to support patients, carers and staff. Senior members of the team also run a comprehensive training programme, which is extremely popular with therapists looking to specialise in cancer care.

In addition, Peter has also completed a Masters Degree and PhD, authored numerous research papers and books, and has been a regular national and international speaker on complementary therapies, cancer care and smoking cessation. He has even been kind enough to regularly contribute to the FHT’s own membership magazine, International Therapist, and training events over the years, as have other members of his team. For this, FHT and its members are extremely grateful.

To read articles by Peter Mackereth, featured in International Therapist, visit our reading room in the members’ area of  the FHT website


Blind therapist is a finalist for FHT Sports Therapist of the Year

FHT Member and blind therapist Nicholas Mulryan has been featured in the Buxton Advertiser, celebrating his sports therapy success…

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While training at Stockport College, Nick developed an interest in healing sports injuries, which led to orthopaedics in Manchester, then to Nick being the first blind person to take a medical science degree at Teeside University.

He said: “They told me I’d taken on an arduous challenge, and it was. Other people could skim-read medical journals to find the bits they need, but when you’re working with speech software you have to listen to the whole thing.

“With the hands-on stuff, you develop more attuned senses, but you have to back it up with clinical knowledge.”

His post university life has led him into work with elite footballers, marathon-runners and triathletes, and shifts with Buxton Rugby Club.

He said: “It surprised the players, they’d never seen a blind person on the pitch.”

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We wish all finalists in the 2016 FHT Excellence Awards the best of luck!



2016 FHT Members' LunchHave you booked to attend the 2016 FHT Members’ Lunch and Excellence Awards? Join the FHT and host Janey Lee Grace for a sparkling drinks reception and luxurious three course meal, with fellow therapists and special guests, on 26 October at One Whitehall Place – book now »