Just do it! NHS Certificate in Complementary Therapy (Cancer Pathway) With the aim of gaining practical experience as a complementary therapist in a cancer-care setting, I found my way to the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Centre in Harrogate where the first NHS Natural Therapy School is based, for the 12 week program leading to the NHS Certificate in Complementary Therapy (Cancer Pathway). This program offered an unique opportunity to learn and work within a professional, supportive and caring team, to NHS standards, while helping people during their cancer treatments, their carers, and patients on wards in the main hospital, through the power of touch – in my case, aromatherapy massage. The required medical and professional standards were obviously very high, and I was a bit daunted at first. There was a lot to learn about professional standards in the NHS, about the many forms of cancer and how these impact on people and how to tailor treatments to individual circumstances and the constraints of being on a hospital ward. However, as experiences go, this was probably one of the most rewarding professional and human experiences I have had, if not the most. Underpinning this was the expert and ongoing coaching and guidance from Gwyn Featonby, who leads the program, and support from Beverly Harrison and the wider team, which was invaluable. “Light touch” but the right touch. Also, the chance to work with and learn from fellow therapists was an added bonus. Through evidence-based practice, it was satisfying to see positive results for patients. Being accepted by medical professionals as part of the wider team supporting patients was amazing. So, if I have any advice for anyone considering embarking on this journey, it would be to “just do it”!
We are very proud to announce our partnership with the Brighterkind Granby Care Home, and Rudding Park Hotel and Spa, Harrogate. Theory and practical learning will take place across all three training environments (including Harrogate District Hospital.
Our unique emphasis is to offer training opportunities within the clinical environment, leading to a generation of highly skilled and confident practitioners able to offer a range of therapies to an increasingly complex population. Our mission is to develop a new generation of expert complementary therapists for the future.
We can do this as we are employed by the NHS and work in The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre (SROMC), part of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust. The SROMC opened in 2014 and is a state-of-the-art day unit offering cancer treatments and supportive health and wellbeing services to people living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. Theory and practice will be provided within the centre’s facilities and the Trust.