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Winners of new Complementary Therapy Awards announced

The FHT was proud to be involved in the presentation of the inaugural Complementary Therapy Awards, which took place on 18 October at a special celebratory lunch held in London.

Organised by Chamberlain Dunn, these new, independent awards aim to celebrate practitioners, teams and advocates who are enhancing the health and wellbeing of others through a variety of initiatives that focus on an integrated approach to patient-centred care.

As platinum sponsor, FHT’s Governing Council and staff enjoyed working closely with organisers, Chamberlain Dunn, throughout the development and promotion of these new awards, from offering guidance on the different awards categories, through to supporting the shortlisting and judging process, and presenting the FHT Award for Complementary Therapy Research on the day.

The winners of the Complementary Therapy Awards 2018 are:

Overall Winner

  • Angie Buxton-King (Director, Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust)
  • ‘Integrating healing into hospitals and hospices’

The Award for Prevention and Self-Care

  • Roberta Meldurm (Director, The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living)
  • ‘Positive Movement – a wellbeing programme for older people’

The Award for Cancer Care

  • Angie Buxton-King (Director, Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust)
  • ‘Integrating healing into hospitals and hospices’

The Award for Palliative Care

  • Elaine Cooper (Clinical Lead Specialist Complementary Therapies) and Rachel Clark
  • Lead Complementary Therapist Palliative Care), Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
  • ‘25 years – Complementary therapies in NHS palliative care’

The FHT Award for Complementary Therapy Research

  • Nicola Brough (Clinic Director, Torus Wellbeing Clinic) and Sarah Stewart-Brown (Professor and Chair of Public Health, University of Warwick)
  • ‘Development and validation of the Warwick Holistic Health Questionnaire (WHHQ): assessing changes in health and wellbeing of Craniosacral Therapy/CAM users’

The Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Naji Malak (Co-founder and CEO, Stand Easy Military Support)
  • ‘Stand Easy Military Support’

Special mention: Nicolle Mitchell, Holistic Massage Practitioner, FHT Member and FHT Accredited Training Provider – Massage for dementia

The Award for Pain Management, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

  • Gina Reinge (Sports Therapist, The Reinge Clinic)
    ‘Adhesive arachnoiditis case study’

The Award for Furthering Integrated Healthcare

  • Gwyn Featonby (Education Lead and FHT Accredited Course Provider) and Julie Crossman (Complementary Therapy Lead and FHT Member), NHS Natural Health School
  • ‘Harrogate Hospital NHS complementary therapies in cancer service’

Christopher Byrne, President of the FHT, was involved in shortlisting two of the Complementary Therapy Awards categories, including The FHT Award for Complementary Therapy Research. ‘The FHT has been at the forefront of promoting high standards in therapy training and practice for more than 50 years, which is why we were extremely proud to support  these new awards,’ says Christopher. ‘In addition to our own FHT Excellence Awards, which have been celebrating success for eight years, these Complementary Therapy Awards will help to bring further recognition to the important role professional therapists have to play in not just supporting the pubic, but also the integrated healthcare agenda as a whole, which is one of FHT’s key objectives.

‘Our heart-felt congratulations to all of the winners and finalists, but we would like to give a special mention to those who are FHT Members, FHT Accredited Course Providers or former FHT Excellence Award winners – namely Kelly De Souza, Gywn Featonby, Julie Crossman, Dr Julie McCullough, Nicolle Mitchell, Zoe Warner and Dr Carol Samuel – as well as the winners of The FHT Award for Complementary Therapy Research, Nicola Brough and Professor Stewart-Brown.

More information can be found in Chamberlain Dunn’s official Complementary Therapy Awards 2018 Winners Guideand the FHT will be featuring the winners in

International Therapist magazine – look out for future issues.

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