Top ten reasons for being an FHT member #3: professional representation


The FHT is governed by an elected Council of members who oversee a permanent team of FHT staff, many of who are also qualified therapists. The Council positions are voluntary and unpaid, and attract senior practitioners and educators from across the therapy industry.

Jon-Brazier-vice-president-speakingIt is thanks to the calibre of our Council, and more than 50 years experience as a therapy association, that the FHT is considered the leading authority in its field and is frequently called upon for expert guidance and opinion. On behalf of our members, we work closely with government-backed authorities in the fields of education, regulation, and business skills and enterprise, to help shape and improve the industry.

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FHT Governing Council (click photo for details)


Jennifer Wayte
Jennifer Wayte – ATL (Association of Therapy Lecturers) and PACT (Professional Association of Clinical Therapists)


Bharti Vyas
Bharti Vyas – HBEF (Health and Beauty Employers Federation)

Cheryl Cole
Cheryl Cole – IFHB (International Federation of Health and Beauty Therapists)

Gerri Moore – IFHB (International Federation of Health and Beauty Therapists)

John Brazier
John Brazier – ICAT (International Council of Acupuncture Therapists)

Paul Battersby
Paul Battersby – HFST (International Council of Health, Fitness and Sports therapists)

Herman Fenton
Herman Fenton – HFST (International Council of Health, Fitness and Sports Therapists)

Mary Dalgleish
Mary Dalgleish – ICHT (International Council of Holistic Therapists)

Shailini Karia
Shailini Karia – HBEF (Health and Beauty Employers Federation)

Lay member

Helen Chambers
Helen Chambers – representing the interests of the public

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Top ten reasons for being an FHT member #2: campaigning, promoting and protecting your interests as a professional therapist

Top ten reasons for being an FHT member #2: campaigning, promoting and protecting your interests as a professional therapist

Looking after the interests of our members has been at the heart of the FHT since it was founded in 1962.

As the industry continues to evolve, it is our job as the UK’s leading professional association to keep our members up to date with any changes affecting their therapy practice – from health and safety, to law and regulation. This involves working closely with key decision makers within health and social care, employment, education and other sectors that impact professional therapists, so that we can be sure our members’ interests are represented at every level.

One therapist alone cannot mould or influence the industry, which is why joining the FHT is so important. As a collective organisation, the FHT can voice its members’ views where it counts.

It is also our mission to make the public more aware of the FHT and its members, by advertising in both magazines and online. Adverts appear in titles which appeal to people we believe are more likely to think holistically, who want to look after themselves and who actively consider a range of solutions to health concerns. These people are more likely to consider a body worker to help with their muscle strain, or an energy therapist for their stress, rather than reach for ‘off the shelf’ solutions.

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Top ten reasons for being an FHT member #1: professional status and recognition



As a member of FHT, we have a number of useful materials to enable you to display your professional status with pride. Your FHT Member logo (above) is available for printed materials and online. For your website, you can also use one of our verification buttons to link back to your FHT Directory profile. You will receive a certificate of professional membership to display in your premises, a lapel badge to wear on your uniform and a suffix to use after your name*. You can use FHT’s professional exhibition banners for local events, free of charge.

Eligible members appear on the FHT’s Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, our Accredited Register (AR), and can display a special logo on their marketing materials. Members of the public, employers and healthcare commissioners who choose a complementary therapist on the FHT’s Register will have the added assurance that he or she belongs to a register that has been independently assessed and accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, a body accountable to Parliament.

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*Certificate and suffix not available to Students and Non-practitioners. Lapel badge not available to Non-practitioners.

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Top ten reasons for being an FHT member


1. Professional status and recognition.
2. Campaigning, promoting and protecting your interests as a professional therapist.
3. Professional representation.
4. The industry’s leading professional journal, International Therapist.
5. Tailor-made comprehensive therapist, salon and clinic insurance policies.
6. Discounted continued professional learning.
7. The UK’s largest local support group network.
8. FHT branded products and member discounts on therapy supplies.
9. Members’ helpline.
10. FHT is a not for profit organisation run by therapists, for therapists.

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FHT is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registration No. 502095.

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