We are celebrating our 1st Birthday! We can’t believe it’s 12 months since we launched the NHS Natural Health School at the NEC in Birmingham. It’s been quite a year, and we couldn’t be happier of our achievements so far. Thank you to everyone who has attended our courses and supported us as we continue to strive to improve the standards of Complementary Therapy delivery and develop the next generation of Complementary Therapy Experts. Since our launch we have; Had 124,461 visits to our website Held 26 courses Trained 140 students Created and delivered the first NHS Certificate in Complementary Therapy training for Cancer and Occupational Health Pathways Winner of the FHT Complementary Therapy Tutor of the year award 2018 Winner of the Complementary Therapy Award for Furthering Integrated Healthcare 2018 Winner of the Janey Loves Platinum Award Complementary Therapy Wellbeing Charity of the Year 2018 Finalist of the FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year Award 2018 Finalist of the Medipex NHS Innovation Award 2018 Presented at 4 National Conferences Have been published in featured articles by the Voluntary Regulatory Organisations CNHC and FHT, professional journals and the press Been guests on local and BBC Radio Featured guest of the month for The Therapist Business Club providing vlogs and blogs for members in 2018
A system of complementary medicine in which fine needles are inserted in the skin at specific points along what are considered to be lines of energy (meridians), used in the treatment of various physical and mental conditions. (Oxford English Dictionary accessed 16.3.18)
Auricular or ear acupuncture allows us to treat many patients at once. We use recliner chairs in a quiet room with subdued lighting and gentle music. Patients can rest quietly for 30-40 minutes with their needles in place and symptom measurement tools show that many patients benefit significantly from a reduction in both frequency and intensity of their symptoms. Patients may have persistent symptoms many years after their cancer has gone due to side effects from the cancer treatments, (such as nerve damage from chemotherapy or scar tissue), or on going treatment to reduce the likelihood of the cancer coming back (namely hormone deprivation drugs in breast and prostate cancers). Most patients will come each week for a treatment initially and once they feel better the appointments are spread out further so some patients might come every few weeks, or months to keep on top of their symptoms. Of course where patients require body treatments privacy and single appointments are still necessary but the vast amount respond well within the group setting.
Our group treatments are held in the Ripley Room within the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre.
Patients will have a private consultation with the complementary Therapist and give informed consent before receiving treatment.