Top five reasons to attend the 2019 FHT Conference

 

 

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There’s just 10 weeks left until the 2019 FHT Conference, which is being held on Friday 29 November at The King’s Fund, London. Tickets are selling fast, so we thought we’d run through our top five reasons for attending if you’re still undecided:

Pictured: the number 1 Discover how to get involved in the future of healthcare
At the event, you’ll hear from speakers working at the forefront of integrated healthcare who know how the current health system works, its future direction and the opportunities available for complementary therapists.

Pictured: the number 2Learn new skills to support your practice
As well as gaining a unique insight into integrated healthcare, you’ll learn how you can evaluate treatments using patient reported outcome measures and how to promote body esteem as a therapist.

Pictured: the number 3Hear about integrated healthcare success stories
Our speakers will also talk about the successes of the integrated health initiatives they have spearheaded, highlighting the benefits they have for patients and the therapists who are a part of these.

Pictured: the number 4Network with industry figures and like-minded therapists
The event will include ample opportunity to network with industry figures and other therapists attending, giving you the chance to make new connections and learn from each other’s experiences.

Pictured: the number 5Be inspired
Exploring the ways therapists like you can become an integral part of the future of health and care and hearing about the work of our 2019 FHT Excellence Award winners will leave you inspired about the possibilities for your own career.

 

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Tickets 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.

Find out more and book your ticket

 

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A tribute to Richard Eaton

The FHT was very sad to hear that Richard Eaton passed away on 14 June 2019.

Richard Eaton

Richard was author and editor of the excellent College of Medicine Complementary Medicine Roundup, which was always brimming with useful information and links to research, reports and events of interest to not just College members, but anyone who shared his passion for holistic healthcare.

Despite his gentle approach and warm smile, Richard was a powerful voice for the complementary therapy and integrated healthcare community. He tirelessly campaigned for a better understanding of CAM, for practitioners to have the freedom to practise and promote their services, and for more members of the public to be able to access CAM.

A retired barrister, Richard and his wife, Marion, were former owners of a holistic health centre in Hastings, East Sussex, where they provided full facilities for 16 CAM practitioners. Richard also authored a small e-book, ‘Business Guide for Health Therapists: How to Find What You Need to Know’ – again, a clear demonstration of his commitment to supporting CAM practitioners and helping them to provide a much-needed service to their local community.

Our thoughts are with Richard’s family and friends. He will be sorely missed.

Read a tribute from Richard’s friend and colleague, Dr Michael Dixon >>

FHT announces new President

New president Christopher Byrne

We are pleased to announce that Christopher Byrne was been elected as President by his peers on the FHT Governing Council. He takes over the role from Paul Battersby, who represented the interests of the FHT and its members for two consecutive years.

After a successful 20-year career as a chartered engineer, working for Rolls Royce and Bentley, followed by the Volkswagen Group, where he worked in customer care and then business management, Christopher embarked on a career in professional therapy. He initially trained in Swedish and sports massage, then went on to complete an MSc degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which was closely followed by gaining clinical experience at the Hepingli Hospital and Beijing Academy in China. Today, Christopher enjoys running a busy therapy practice and training school in Crewe, Cheshire.

‘It is a privilege to be elected as the sixth President of the FHT and a great honour to be representing our members during these exciting times,’ said Christopher. ‘The therapy world is ever-changing and the FHT continues to be at the forefront of these developments.

‘As a full-time therapist and therapy trainer myself, I understand what a difference our members are making to their clients’ lives – whether that’s helping them to manage a long-term condition or injury, or simply encouraging them to make small lifestyle changes that will help to improve their overall wellbeing and self-esteem. I also appreciate the need for further recognition for the work our members do, whatever their therapy specialism, and particularly in the field of health and social care. During my time as President, I will be working hard to promote the safe and excellent therapy services our members have to offer, which benefit not just the public, but also other professionals striving to meet the nation’s needs.

‘Finally, I would like to thank my predecessor, Paul, who steered the FHT for two years. With an experienced FHT Governing Council and staff at my side, I hope to continue much of the excellent work he initiated, while also looking for new ways to support our members as they support others.’

For more information about Christopher and the FHT Governing Council, please visit www.fht.org.uk/about-us

COPA Series 2018

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COPA logoEurope’s leading event for rehab professionals will take place at the ExCeL on 9 and 10 May 2018, when more than 6,000 practice owners, practitioners and experts will converge on London to discover everything they need to improve their business.

With COPA having a reputation for partnering with some of the most innovative and influential businesses in the world of rehab, the addition of FHT to next year’s roster is another major step towards making COPA 2018 the biggest and best yet.

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FASCIA AND PAIN

What is fascia’s role in pain? Fascia is involved in force transmission, lubrication, and cellular communication. It protects, connects and separates of all other structures and therefore must play a role in dysfunction and pain. This lecture will discuss what happens when fascia becomes injured and how it compounds body dysfunction. Scar tissue and adhesions will also be discussed including their contribution to structural imbalances, physiological distress and ultimately pain.

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ACUPUNCTURE FOR MYOFASCIAL PAIN

This seminar outlines the neurophysiological mechanisms of acupuncture and dry needling at peripheral, spinal and supraspinal levels. The session will introduce clinicians to the anatomical and physiological approach to western medical acupuncture and dry needling and their utilisation in the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction. It discusses the clinically reasoned approach to the use of acupuncture and dry needling based on the relationship between the body’s mechanistic response to needling and pathophysiology.

As the largest and leading professional association for therapists in the UK and Ireland, FHT will be one of 200 forward-thinking organisations exhibiting at stand 2230 across the five shows that make up the COPA Series – Chiro Expo, Physio Expo, Osteo Expo, Podiatry Expo, and the Prosthetics & Orthotics Expo.

What’s more, as a platform for rehab practice owners to build on their professional knowledge as well as discover the rehab equipment of tomorrow, COPA 2018 will house 90 CPD-accredited seminars by industry experts from across the globe.

And with visitors also having access to a whole host of educational workshops, interactive product demos, and unlimited networking opportunities with like-minded rehab professionals; practice owners will be spoilt for choice with ways to take their practice to the next level.

Click here for your free ticket to COPA 2018 – which will also get you into the neighbouring Elite Sports Performance & Rehabilitation Expo

FHT Training Congress Speaker Highlight: Lotte Mikkelsen

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Lotte Mikkelsen is a laughter ambassador and laughter yoga master trainer, as well as being a laughter therapist trainer and gibberish trainer. She is your everyday laughter queen.

In 2017, Lotte celebrated a decade of delivering Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in the UK with passion, compassion and empathy, always with her students in mind.

After founding UnitedMind in 2002, the laughter yoga journey has been exciting and life-changing in many ways. Working with organisations in the private and public sectors falls naturally with her background of almost 20 years in technology companies prior to starting her full-time laughter venture.

Where to find Lotte at the FHT Training Congress:

Laughter yoga
Room 1, Monday 21 May, 12pm – 1pm

Enjoy an hour of laughter yoga where you will be actively moving around and connecting with people, experiencing the benefits of extending your laughter from a few seconds to a real workout. The workshop gives you an insight into how you can choose laughter in your life, everyday.

Look out for an article by Lotte on laughter yoga in the next issue of International Therapist.

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show on their website here.

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health

Member News – April

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The April issue of FHT Member News is out today. Take a peek at what’s inside…

Member News features the latest therapy updates, job and training opportunities, as well as information about your membership.

In this month’s issue:

  • Acupuncture may be more effective than Ibuprofen for lumbar disk herniation
  • FHT’s Jane Long presents professional beauty award
  • Stroke association seeking volunteer therapists for London Marathon
  • And more!

Members, be sure to check your inbox this evening for your copy.

If you’re not a member and would like to receive our updates…

Find out more about joining the FHT – the largest professional association for therapists in the UK and Ireland. Visit fht.org.uk/join-us or call 023 8062 4350 today.

FHT Training Congress Speaker Highlight: Jane Duncan Rogers

Jane Duncan Rogers cropped.pngJane Duncan Rogers, award-winning coach and counsellor, founded Before I Go Solutions, a social enterprise that arose directly from her memoir, Gifted By Grief: A True Story of Cancer, Loss and Rebirth. She speaks internationally about the benefits of preparing well for a good end of life, and supports people to make full end of life plans through the products and programmes provided by Before I Go Solutions.

She is also teaching an FHT Hosted course, which you can book here.

Where to find Jane at the 2018 FHT Training Congress:

Five pointers to being with your terminally ill clients
Room 3, Monday 21 May, 2pm – 3pm

When facing end of life, how others behave around you is crucial, especially your therapist. In this talk, Jane introduces you to five essential things to consider with your client, in order to best support them, and facilitate as good an end of life as possible.

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show on their website here.

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health