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”!
Congratulations to Gwyn Featonby, Winner of the FHT Complementary Therapy Tutor of the Year Award 2018!
Well done to our lead Educator Gwyn Featonby, who has received the FHT Award for Complementary Therapy Tutor of the Year. Gwyn was presented with the award at the FHT National Conference held at the Kings Fund in London on Thursday 29th November. Gwyn was successful amongst a very strong field of finalists. The award was given in recognition of her 30 years commitment to delivering the highest standards of education and her continued dedication to integrating complementary therapies into NHS healthcare. An example of this has been the creation of the first NHS Trust approved complementary therapy school and its introduction of the unique Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Certificate in Complementary Therapy.
Well done to Lead Complementary Therapist Julie Crossman who was also a finalist in the Complementary Therapist of the Year Award category.
The First NHS Certificate in Complementary Therapies is underway!
We were delighted to welcome the first ever cohort of students to undertake our exclusive Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Certificate in Complementary Therapies today. Students completed a full day of NHS Trust mandatory training in order to meet the standards required for healthcare practice in an NHS Organisation. This will now be followed by their individualised training plans used to meet core competencies through clinically supervised practice within their chosen pathway.
The Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Certificate offers pathways in Cancer, Midwifery and Occupational Health. If you are qualified to a Level 3 Diploma in a complementary therapy, and are interested in developing your skills and experience to work with greater complex needs in an NHS healthcare setting please contact us for more information.
Winners of the Complementary Therapy Awards 2018 – Award for Furthering Integrated Healthcare
We are delighted to announce that our Complementary Therapy Service and Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Natural Health school have received the Award for Furthering Integrated Healthcare at the First National Complementary Therapy Awards 2018. Held at the Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch, London we were honoured to be amongst so many amazing practitioners and services from all over the UK. A huge thank you to everyone involved for a really inspiring and motivational event
We are Finalists! Medipex NHS Innovation Awards 2018
We were delighted to attend the Medipex NHS Innovation Awards held on 4th October at Oulton Hall, Leeds. Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Natural Health School was one of the finalists nominated for the Service Improvement in Secondary Care Award, in recognition of innovations which have potential to improve the quality, efficiency and productivity of services. Pictured at the award ceremony are Lead Educator, Gwyn Featonby and Complementary Therapy Lead, Julie Crossman.
Gwyn Featonby Presents at the Paediatric Pain Conference, Institute of Transplantation Lecture Theatre, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle
Our Lead Educator Gwyn Featonby is presenting at the Paediatric Pain Conference, Institute of Transplantation , Freeman Hospital, Newcastle today. Her presentation entitled ‘Using complementary therapies in pain management- what works?’ will;
- Explore concept of Complementary, Integrated and Alternative therapy
- Describe the use of some therapies commonly used with children
- Identify contemporary research to support the use of CT with children
- Explore safeguarding issues in relation to the use of CT with children
- Present model for use in paediatrics
Gwyn’s presentation will draw on her 30 years practice as a qualified adult and children’s nurse with a first class degree in Complementary Therapies and extensive experience in the development and delivery of education.
Sarah Grant and Janey Lee Grace talk to Jonathan Cowper on Radio BBC York. Listen to our interview on BBC Radio York 3/10/18
Follow the link to Listen again to Sarah Grant, Manager of the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Natural Health School and Complementary Therapy Service at Harrogate District Hospital and Janey Lee Grace talk about our recent Janey Loves Platinum Award 2018 for Wellbeing Charity of the Year and the complementary Therapy service at Harrogate District Foundation. All the funds generated by Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Natural Health School Courses and the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre Complementary Therapy service charitable events held throughout the year ensure our therapists are fully employed on terms and conditions of the NHS.
Medipex NHS Innovation Awards and Showcase 2018
We have been shortlisted as finalists at this years Medipex NHS Innovation Awards to be held on 4th October at Oulton Hall, Leeds. Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Natural Health School has been nominated for the Service Improvement in Secondary Care Award, in recognition of innovations which have potential to improve the quality, efficiency and productivity of services. Attending the event on behalf of Sarah Grant, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Natural Health School Manager will be Lead Educator, Gwyn Featonby and Complementary Therapy Lead, Julie Crossman. Good Luck!!!
We are Award Winners!
We are thrilled to announce that we have received our first national award for providing complementary therapies within an NHS setting. The Janey Loves Platinum Awards have awarded the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Natural Health School, Wellbeing Charity of the Year 2018. The Janey Loves Platinum Awards are one of the most influential and well respected natural health and wellbeing awards in the UK. The Award winners are selected after ‘real life’ testing by a panel of judges who are key influencers, renowned celebrities and respected experts (see this years panel below). The winners were announced at GO! Organic Festival, Battersea Park, London on Saturday 8th September 2018. Thank you to Janey Lee Grace and everyone involved in these awards for recognising our commitment to raising industry standards and training to enable the development the next generation of expert complementary therapists. For more information on the awards click the link
Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Certificate in Complementary therapy now booking!
This course includes an initial induction day which will cover aspects of working within CQC regulated organisations followed by e-learning and 100 hours of supervised practice placement within Harrogate Hospital or allied care provider organisations. The November 5th induction is for the Cancer and palliative care pathway only with further pathways to commence in March 2019. Eligible applicants will have a minimum of level 3 qualification in their complementary Therapy and full insurance to practice. DBS clearance is required and will be undertaken prior to induction. CNHC or equivalent voluntary registration is preferred. If you require further information please see the diploma page on the website or contact us for further information.
To Julie Crossman who is an FHT Complementary Therapist of the year finalist and Gwyn Featonby who is an FHT Tutor of the year finalist. The winners will be announced at the FHT 2018 conference in London on 29th November.