Meet the speakers: Suzanne Ruggles, founder of the Full Circle Fund

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Like last year’s inspiring event, which is a finalist for Best New Association Conference or Event in the 2019 Association Excellence Awards, the 2019 FHT Conference – on Friday 29 November at The King’s Fund, London – will focus on the ways professional therapists like you can be a part of the future of integrated health and social care.

We’re delighted to be joined by experts in education, healthcare and research, who will deliver talks on a range of topics. This week, we’re highlighting the incredible work of speaker Suzanne Ruggles, MSc, DipHE, MFHT, and founder of the Full Circle Fund.

About Suzanne

Suzanne set up and ran a successful design business in London until in 1996, she was diagnosed with lupus. Six years later she had a near-death experience caused by meningitis. As a result of both of her personal experiences, Suzanne discovered first-hand how integrated therapies can help someone to cope with their condition and symptoms. She went on to study mind-body medicine extensively in UK and America, gaining a Masters in Health Science from St George’s Medical School, and later founded the Full Circle Fund charity, to provide evidence-based support in hospitals to those facing a life-threatening or life-limiting illness.

The Full Circle Fund

Pictured: Full Circle FundThe Full Circle Fund has a team of 15 highly skilled practitioners working in two hospitals, consisting of paid therapists and volunteers. Partnering with a leading US hospital, they also undertake research and have an honorary clinical director of education and strategy leading their research committee.

They currently have many case studies being prepared for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and Suzanne presented the work of Full Circle at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare, at which chair David Tredinnick MP said: ‘The Full Circle model should be rolled out nationally.’ They also hold two awards for their work in the NHS.

Suzanne’s talk

Suzanne will share with delegates her background, how she came to set up an award-winning integrated therapy programme at St George’s Hospital, London, and Brighton and Sussex University Hospital, and the ground-breaking work being carried out by the Full Circle team. During her presentation, Suzanne will also discuss the importance of evaluating the therapy service, some of the findings this revealed, and her collaborative reiki research.

Tickets to the 2019 FHT Conference are just £85 for FHT members (£105 for non-members) and include a networking buffet lunch, drinks reception and refreshments.

Last year’s conference sold out early, so we strongly recommend booking soon if you would like to secure your place.

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FHT event shortlisted for Association Excellence Award

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We are delighted to announce that the FHT has been shortlisted as finalists for this year’s Association Excellence Awards.

Following a very successful 2018 FHT Conference in November, at the King’s Fund in London, we join five other finalists, all hoping to win the excellence award for Best New Association Conference or Event.

The 2018 FHT Conference was a fantastic opportunity for us bring together leading experts in research, education, and health and social care to discuss some of the many ways professional therapists can help to support the public and health professionals, and share successful models of integrated care.

Held at The King’s Fund, London, the conference featured talks by researchers, Professor Nicola Robinson and Dr Julie McCullough; therapists working in integrated care, Jennifer Young and Anita Mehrez; as well as two of social prescription’s pioneering GPs, Sir Sam Everington and Dr Michael Dixon.

We look forward to hosting a conference again this year, which will be taking place at The King’s Fund, London, on Friday 29 November.

The conference will once again bring together leading experts in research, education and healthcare to explore the future of integrated health and social care. We will also be announcing the winners of our annual FHT Excellence Awards on the day – shining a spotlight on the different ways therapies can make a difference to the health and wellbeing of others.

Learn how you can be part of the integrated healthcare revolution

 

Announcing the 2019 FHT Conference

Following the success of last year’s conference, we’re delighted to announce that the 2019 FHT Conference will be taking place on Friday 29 November.

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The conference will once again bring together leading experts in research, education and healthcare to explore the future of integrated health and social care.

We will also be announcing the winners of our annual FHT Excellence Awards on the day – shining a spotlight on the different ways therapies can make a difference to the health and wellbeing of others.

The talks will cover:

  • Evaluating treatments using patient reported outcome measures (PROMs)
  • Integrated healthcare success stories
  • Creating a sustainable complementary therapy service in the NHS
  • Opportunities for therapists within the current health and care system
  • The therapist’s role in enhancing body image and body esteem in clients

The event will be held at The King’s Fund in the heart of London’s West End and will include a networking buffet lunch, drinks reception and refreshments.

Tickets are just £75 for FHT members (£95 for non-members) when you book before 31 August. After that date, tickets will be £85 for FHT members (£105 for non-members).

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FHT Conference supports integrated healthcare

At yesterday’s FHT Conference we were delighted to bring together leading experts in research, education and health and social care, to discuss the integration of complementary therapies into mainstream care.

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Held at The King’s Fund, London, on 29 November, the conference got under way with two presentations that focused on research. Professor Nicola Robinson discussed some key issues surrounding the collection and use of evidence base for therapies such as acupuncture, while Dr Julie McCullough highlighted the positive findings of a trial that looked at the impact of antenatal reflexology on women with pregnancy-related low back and/or pelvic girdle pain.

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The talks generated interesting discussions on the merits of qualitative and quantitative research and what therapists new to research could do to prove the efficacy of their therapies. Look out for an article by Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown and Nicola Brough, on two different patient-reported outcome measures that are suitable for complementary therapies and integrated care, in the Winter 2019 issue of International Therapist, published in January.

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Delegates also enjoyed listening to presentations from two of the most influential GPs in health care and trailblazers in social prescription—Sir Sam Everington and Dr Michael Dixon. Sir Everington left delegates captivated with an insight into Bromley By Bow Centre, a practice that has transformed health care in one of the most diverse and economically deprived areas in London, through community-based integrated services and referrals. Sir Everington told us that the philosophy at Bromley By Bow is ‘it’s not what’s the matter with the patient, it’s what matters to the patient’.

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Dr Michael Dixon looked at the potential of social prescribing and personal health budgets, giving us an overview of the Culm Valley Integrated Centre For Health in Devon. Like Bromley By Bow, Dr Dixon’s practice champions social prescribing and community health, through integrated care but serves a very different local community. Dr Dixon told us that if patient-centred community care can work in both Bromley and the Culm Valley, it can be implemented anywhere in the UK. Discussions afterwards centred on how therapists could convince the NHS to work with them in their local communities. Both GPs said it is important to ‘win over the hearts’ of medical professionals and although this can take time, it is important to persist.

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Talks by Anita Mehrez, MFHT, a member of the complementary health and wellbeing team at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, and Jennifer Young, MFHT, founder of Beauty Despite Cancer, offered delegates an insight into how  therapies have been successfully integrated into the NHS, working alongside conventional medical care to support those impacted by cancer. Jennifer found the NHS in her area very open to working with her and was even approached by her local hospital to set up an appearance and wellbeing clinic within a specialist cancer centre.

The day’s programme was then rounded off by conference host, Janey Lee Grace—a regular presenter on Radio 2 and UK Health Radio—announcing the winners of the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards, which serve to recognise those raising the bar in therapy training and practice.

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President of the FHT, Chris Byrne, says: ‘Everyone at the FHT is extremely proud of this event, not least because of the incredible speakers who took time out of their very busy schedules to share with us their vision of what truly integrated healthcare looks like. I personally came away inspired to think of new ways we can all work together to ensure even more people get access to the best of both conventional  and complementary care, which in turn will help to relieve some of the burden currently being placed on our healthcare system.’

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FHT member, Jacky Huson called the Conference ‘A fantastic and inspiring day’ and says ‘it was very affirming to hear speakers in the biomedical field being so supportive and proactive in integrating complementary therapies into their practice and promoting social prescription. At last a sensible way forward giving choice and responsibility to patients, with a real role for therapists.’

Helen Robinson, MFHT, says ‘Thank you for an absolutely excellent day, all the speakers were absolutely superb. I’ve come away buzzing with all the potential. Thank you so much….I’m very proud to be an FHT member.’

 

 

Final programme for the 2018 FHT Conference launched

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We’re thrilled to release the final order of events for our 2018 FHT Conference, which is taking place on Thursday 29 November at The King’s Fund, London.

At this special one-day event, you’ll hear from leading experts in integrated health, education and research speak about the ways in which complementary therapies can support the nation’s health and help the reduce some of the pressure on the NHS.

As well as being a great opportunity to learn how you, as a professional therapist, can be a part of the future of health and social care, FHT members will receive 5 CPD points for attending the full day of talks.

Programme*

9.00am-9.30am: Registration and refreshments

9.30am-9.45am: Welcome

9.45am-10.30am: Professor Nicola Robinson

Research evidence—how it is used and how should it be collected?

10.30am-11.15am: Dr Julie McCullough, MFHT

Researching the effects of antenatal reflexology on pregnancy and labour outcomes

11.15am-11.30am: Break

11.30am-12.15pm: Anita Mehrez, MFHT

Making a difference—the complementary health and wellbeing team at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

12.15pm-1.00pm: Sir Sam Everington

Bromley by Bow Centre: a holistic approach to building a healthy community

1.00pm-2.00pm: Buffet lunch

2.00pm-2.45pm: Dr Michael Dixon

Challenges and opportunities for complementary therapy in the current healthcare landscape

2.45pm-3.30pm: Jennifer Young, MFHT

The impact of cancer on wellbeing and providing support through therapies

3.30pm-3.45pm: Refreshments

3.45pm-4.45pm: 2018 FHT Excellence Awards presentation

4.45pm-5.00pm: Closing comments

5.00pm-6.00pm: Drinks reception

 

*FHT reserves the right to adjust talk subjects and timings where necessary

 

About the FHT Conference

The conference will take place on Thursday 29 November at The King’s Fund in the heart of London’s West End and feature a host of talks presented by leading experts in research, education and integrated healthcare. Read more

Book your tickets here or call 023 8062 4350

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Senior member of NHS-based complementary therapy team to talk at 2018 FHT Conference

 

Conference Anita MehrezAnita Mehrez is a senior member of the complementary therapy team at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester – one of Europe’s largest cancer treatment centres, and an international leader in cancer research and development.

Anita will be joining us at our 2018 FHT Conference to discuss the complementary therapy team’s role in providing therapeutic support to patients undergoing treatment at the centre.

The team received an FHT Excellence Award in 2014 for their work researching and developing the CALM service, whose skilled therapists have been supporting patients struggling to cope with difficult medical procedures since 2008.

CALM therapists use a variety of therapies, including stress management techniques, massage and aromatherapy, to help patients with feelings of anxiety and stress. Speaking to International Therapist in 2014, the team noted that since offering the service to patients undergoing radiotherapy, many more patients feel able to proceed with the treatment, improving their chances of recovery.

At the 2018 FHT Conference, Anita will discuss the variety of therapeutic interventions used by the CALM team and how these help to improve efficiencies in the hospital. She will also provide insights on how the team audit and fund the service, which includes their comprehensive integrative therapies training programme.

Read more about the CALM service and the use of aromasticks at The Christie.

About the FHT Conference

The conference will take place on Thursday 29 November at The King’s Fund in the heart of London’s West End and feature a host of talks presented by leading experts in research, education and integrated healthcare. Read more

Early bird ticket prices are available until 31 August.

Book your tickets here* or call 023 8062 4350

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Professor of TCM announced for 2018 FHT Conference

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Nicola Robinson is professor of traditional Chinese medicine at London South Bank University, chair of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM) and editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Integrative Medicine.

Formerly a professor of complementary medicine at the University of West London and a registered acupuncturist since 1982, Professor Robinson has a keen interest in complementary medicine and its integration into mainstream healthcare.

She has authored more than 200 scientific articles for peer-reviewed journals, presented research at national and international conferences and has a PhD in Immunology from the University of Manchester.

In 2004, Professor Robinson was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship, to explore educational and research initiatives in TCM at universities and hospitals in China.

She has also held a range of high-profile posts including: Senior lecturer in Primary Healthcare at University College London; Consultant Epidemiologist to the Brent and Harrow Health Authority; Lecturer at Charing Cross and Westminster Hospital Medical School; and Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

In her talk, Professor Robinson will be discussing the importance of evidence base and how best to measure and present treatment outcomes for complementary therapy interventions.

Read more about Professor Robinson and the importance of research.

About the FHT Conference

The conference will take place on Thursday 29 November at The King’s Fund in the heart of London’s West End and feature a host of talks presented by leading experts in research, education and integrated healthcare. Read more

Early bird ticket prices are available until 31 August.

Book your tickets here* or call 023 8062 4350

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