New in the reading room: Gwyn Featonby, 2018 FHT Tutor of the Year and Education Lead at the NHS Natural Health School, talks about developing the first NHS-approved complementary therapy school (first published in International Therapist, issue 127)
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We asked asked Angie Buxton-King about the best advice she had been given, and she replied with, ‘Don’t sit on your hands, use them to help others’. I’m sure we would all agree that this is brilliant advice!
Read our interview with Angie here (First published in International Therapist, Issue 127, Winter 2019).
Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing (MYCAW) is a questionnaire that was created to evaluate complementary therapies in cancer care. At the 2018 FHT Conference Jennifer Young told us that it is easy to implement and gives therapists qualitative research that should be taken seriously.
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Pregnant women can find complementary therapies empowering, enabling them to take more control over their labour experience. At the 2018 FHT Conference Dr Julie McCullough talked about the demand for therapies, saying that 25 to 30% of women are already using CAM during pregnancy.
Social prescription can have a profound effect on patients. At the 2018 FHT Conference, Dr Michael Dixon said, ‘Those who use hospital services can be greatly helped by social prescription. In Rotherham they’ve given social prescription for those who use hospitals most and they’ve found they used hospitals 20% less by the end of the year.’
At last year’s FHT Conference, Anita Mehrez, Deputy Clinical Lead of the complementary health & wellbeing service at The Christie, told us how important relaxation is for people experiencing cancer.
At the 2018 FHT Conference influential GP Dr Michael Dixon had many positive things to say about complementary therapies. One interesting point he made is that ‘GPs interested in complementary medicine are prescribing antibiotics 25% less’ than colleagues who don’t see them as beneficial.