President’s Award Profile – Gill Morris

Business and beauty therapy expert, Gill Morris, has received an FHT President’s Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the beauty therapy industry

gill morrisGill is highly respected in the beauty therapy industry, which she has been involved in for more than 35 years.

Initially training at North Warwickshire College in Nuneaton, she was among the first wave of students to receive an IHBC (International Health and Beauty Council) qualification in beauty therapy and electrolysis.

For the first two and a half years of her professional career, Gill worked in a beauty salon carrying out a range of treatments. However her employer was an electrolysis specialist and her passion for the subject rubbed off onto Gill. She became an expert in this treatment while running her own beauty salons, before going on to work for Ellisons then Sterex, where she was heavily involved in research and product development. This included the development of the Sterex Blend epilator, which Gill considers one of her career highlights. She is also the author of three electrolysis training textbooks and one on retailing skills.

Today, Gill is the Director of Commercial Development for Sterex, Chair of the City & Guilds National Advisory Committee for Beauty and an international trainer and presenter – indeed, she has just returned from San Diego where she delivered a lecture on motivation at the American Electrology Association’s annual convention. Her lively and often humorous presentations, talks and lectures are universally acclaimed.

Other influential roles Gill has had within the beauty therapy industry over the years include being a founding and non-executive director of beauty standards setting organisation, Habia; one of the first Employer Champions whose role was to bring vocational education and businesses closer together; and an advisor to numerous colleges.

Gill was also one of the very first in the therapy industry to recognise the need to develop and deliver business training to salon owners and managers. As a chartered marketer with a passion for helping beauty therapists to succeed, she founded her own business consultancy and skills training company, GMT Business Training, which she ran for many years.

Gill is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a past member of the Professional Speaking Association and Global Speakers Federation.

Speaking about receiving this award, Gill says: ‘As someone who is usually presenting awards rather than receiving them, I was really quite shocked when I returned from California and heard the news! Obviously I am very passionate about the therapy industry and I’ve loved every moment of my career. And hopefully I’ve helped others along the way, too – but it’s still quite overwhelming when your work is recognised as outstanding by one of the oldest and most respected organisations in the industry. A huge thank you for this very special FHT President’s Award. I feel truly honoured.’

Paul Battersby, President of the FHT, says: ‘The FHT has been promoting the highest standards in therapy education and practice for more than 50 years. The President’s Award aims to recognise individuals who have spent the best part of their career striving towards the same objectives, and have enhanced our industry. Our congratulations to Gill – she is a truly deserving winner of this award.’

About the FHT Excellence Awards

The FHT Excellence Awards were first launched in 2011, to showcase the enterprising and innovative work being carried out on a daily basis by practising complementary, sports and holistic beauty therapists. The awards were also a valuable opportunity to inspire other therapists, to push forward the boundaries of best practice.

In 2012 the Excellence in Education awards category was added to the portfolio, as a natural extension to the existing awards, as so many members would talk about their inspirational teachers and outstanding students.

The FHT President’s Award is awarded to select individuals for their outstanding contribution to the therapy industry and/or integrated healthcare.

The 2017 FHT Excellence Awards were kindly sponsored by Psychologies Magazine, Shared Beauty Secrets and Zephorium.

Member News – December

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

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

In this month’s issue:

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 award winner profile: Barbara Scott

Barbara Scott, MFHT, won the title of Complementary Therapist of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards ceremony.

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The award was presented to Barbara at a prestigious FHT Excellence Awards Dinner held at the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, on 17 November. Organised by the FHT, the Excellence Awards aim to bring much deserved recognition to high-calibre practitioners, students and tutors working in the fields of complementary, sports and holistic beauty therapy.

Barbara, founder of Seren Natural Fertility and Chair of The Association of Reproductive Reflexologists based in Carmarthen, specialises in providing reflexology treatments to couples who are having trouble conceiving. Her interest in this area was sparked 20 years ago, after treating her very first reflexology client, who was struggling to fall pregnant. As a result of supporting this one lady, many more clients – both men and women – started coming to Barbara, presenting with a range of fertility issues.

At the time, Barbara had difficulty finding any courses to further her knowledge in this complex field, and so she began to research the subject extensively and develop her own reflexology treatment protocols. Two decades later, Barbara has helped hundreds of couples struggling to conceive – through her own private practice, and by training other therapists in Reproflexology.

Barbara has formed collaborations with medical professionals, presented at major events, and authored a book, called Reflexology for Fertility, so that others can benefit from her vast experience. She is currently working with Cardiff Metropolitan University to extract data from a Reproflexology study and put together a research paper.

Speaking about her win, Barbara says: ‘I am truly delighted to have received this award in recognition of not just my own work, but the fantastic work that our practitioners do in supporting couples having difficulties in conceiving. My hopes are that it allows us to let couples know that there is support for them, that reflexology is an excellent tool and that making even the smallest changes can be beneficial to them on their journey to parenthood ’

Read an article by Barbara Scott on reflexology and fertility (first published in International Therapist, Issue 116, Spring 2016)

Natural Health readers learn to chill out with reflexology

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December is sneaking up on us, and it can be a stressful time of year. That’s why we’re helping readers of Natural Health magazine keep their cool this winter.

In their article on tips for a calmer December, FHT Vice President Mary Dalgleish discusses the benefits of reflexology, and provides a helpful guide on giving yourself a quick reflexology refresher!

To get even more out of this amazing therapy, consider trying out a reflexology treatment from one of our highly trained therapists. Search for an FHT member near you on our website.

You can read the full article here.

 

FHT partners with COPA for 2018 show

We’re delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with COPA Series 2018 ahead of the show’s eagerly-anticipated return next year.

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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.

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.

Speaking about the exciting partnership between COPA and FHT, COPA Event Director, James Berryman, said: “It’s fantastic to have the Federation of Holistic Therapists on-board as a partner for next year’s show – adding to the growing list of impressive organisations that are choosing to exhibit with us in 2018. I’m sure the relationship will prove to be very fruitful for both parties.”

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

Best in the therapy industry recognised with 2017 FHT Excellence Awards

The FHT would like to say a big ‘Thank you!’ to those members and other special guests who recently joined us in Leamington Spa to celebrate the achievements of our 2017 FHT Excellence Awards winners and finalists.

2017 FHT Excellence Award winners

Pictured (left to right): Barbara Scott, Sheree Phelps, Stacey Radcliffe, Cristina Coelho, Anne-Marie Rose and Emma Holly.

Launched in 2011, the FHT’s Excellence Awards serve to shine a spotlight on those setting the bar in therapy education and practice, helping to raise the profile of complementary, holistic beauty and sports therapies.

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Once again, the awards judges were overwhelmed by the number of excellent nominations received this year, with 21 finalists announced in August, across six different categories. The overall winners and two highly commended were then announced and presented with an award at a special 2017 FHT Members’ Dinner, held on 17 November, at the historic Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa.

Sue Kinsella, RGN Head of Nursing Services at RedArc, says: “At RedArc we refer to the FHT’s Accredited Register to source qualified and professional therapists to support our patients. It was a great opportunity to attend the Excellence Awards and gain insight into how some of your members help improve people’s health and wellbeing and make such a difference to their lives.”

And the winners are…

2017 FHT Excellence Awards – Winners

  • Complementary Therapist of the Year – Barbara Scott
    For researching and developing a reflexology treatment protocol and training course, to support couples struggling to conceive.
  • Beauty Therapist of the Year – Cristina Coelho
    For her commitment to providing holistic and person-centred treatments to clients with conditions impacting their skin health and self-esteem.
  • Sports Therapist of the Year – Sheree Phelps
    For supporting the needs of a wide range of clients, from hospital surgeons to sports professionals, and her commitment to professional development.
  • Local Support Group Coordinator of the Year – Nicky Gee
    For her commitment to providing support and informative group meetings for local FHT members and the wider community in the Blackpool area.
  • Student of the Year – Stacey Radcliffe
    For her drive and commitment to completing a complementary therapy degree, despite multiple setbacks, including serious ill-health.
  • Tutor of the Year – Lorraine Senior
    For developing a framework for qualified reflexologists to support children and adults with autism, learning difficulties and special educational needs.

2017 FHT Excellence Awards – Highly Commended

  • Complementary Therapist of the Year – Emma Holly – in recognition of her work with clients affected by painful and unsightly scar tissue.
  • Complementary Therapist of the Year – Anne-Marie Rose – for supporting local carers and charities.

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In addition, two special FHT President’s Awards were announced this year. The first was awarded in memory of the late Professor George Lewith, for his outstanding contribution to integrated healthcare and the complementary therapy industry. The second was awarded to Gill Morris, for her outstanding contribution to the beauty therapy industry.

A warm and much deserved ‘Congratulations!’ to our 2017 winners and finalists, and a special thank you to everyone who entered this year’s awards. Please keep up the excellent work you do in helping to support others and please enter our 2018 FHT Excellence Awards (to be announced).

Finally, we’d like to thank our 2017 awards sponsors for supporting this event – Psychologies Magazine, Shared Beauty Secrets and Zephorium.

Look out for more information about this year’s winners in International Therapist and online.

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Help us bring cheer with Crisis at Christmas!

National homelessness charity Crisis is calling on therapists to provide treatment for homeless people at its temporary centres this Christmas.

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In its 50th anniversary year, Crisis at Christmas runs from 22 – 29 December 2017 with centres set to open across London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Coventry and Edinburgh. As well as warmth, companionship and hot meals, guests will receive healthcare and specialist advice on housing, work and benefits.

The therapy service is hugely valuable for guests, giving them access to treatment they may otherwise miss out on during the rest of the year. With 229 guests having therapy treatment across all centres last year, Crisis is calling for qualified therapists to provide assessment, treatment and advice and for student therapists to assist in running the clinics.

There are now 307,000 people sleeping rough, or in temporary housing – that’s around one in every 206 people.

Crisis at Christmas centres are run by thousands of volunteers from all walks of life with registration now open at crisis.org.uk/volunteer. You can also find out more information about volunteering on our website.

Here’s what people are saying:

Pandora Knocker, Service Organiser for Physiotherapy, will be volunteering for the fifth time this year. She said:

“Everybody has a right to healthcare and it’s great that I can bring my skills as a physio to Crisis at Christmas. It feels good to be part of something that can really make a difference.”

One in four homeless people will face spending Christmas alone this year. With the homelessness crisis worsening, Crisis says the centres are needed now more than ever.

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said:

“Without our volunteers, Crisis at Christmas simply wouldn’t exist to help provide a warm, safe place to those with nowhere to call home.

“It’s because of their generosity that we can bring thousands of people friendship, support, and life-changing services each and every Christmas.

“And though we work all year round to help people experiencing homelessness – we know that the Christmas season should be a special time for everyone and that no one should have to spend it alone.

“So as our charity turns 50, we will work harder than ever to make homelessness a thing of the past. And until then our volunteers will remain at the heart of what we do.”

About the organisation:

Crisis at Christmas

Crisis at Christmas is a unique volunteer effort that provides immediate help for homeless people at a critical time of year. It is only made possible through the collective effort and generosity of thousands of volunteers, individuals, community organisations and companies who donate money, time, skills, goods and services.

This year guests will be welcomed at over 13 centres across Britain and offered food, clothing, health services and a chance to relax. But the work does not end there. They offer their guests individual advice and support and encourage them to go to their year-round service centres in the New Year.

In 2016, they welcomed 4,706 guests across London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Coventry and Newcastle, supported by more than 10,859 volunteers.

About Crisis

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. They help people directly out of homelessness, and campaign for the social changes needed to solve it altogether.

FHT Members – we know that many of you have been kind enough to support Crisis in previous years. Please let the FHT know if you support Crisis this Christmas, as we’d welcome a short write-up for International Therapist.