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Professional Advantages of CNHC Registration

By registering with the CNHC, complementary therapists demonstrate to the general public and to other healthcare providers that they meet UK-wide standards of practice in their work.

What are the professional advantages of registering?

  • Government support: The Department of Health has recommended that where people are looking for complementary healthcare therapists they use someone who is CNHC registered.
     
  • Accredited Register: CNHC's register is approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. This provides additional assurance that CNHC registrants meet the standards of patient safety and service quality. The General Medical Council guidance to doctors confirms that they are able to refer patients to practitioners on Accredited Registers. Click here for information on the Accreditation scheme. CNHC registrants can download a letter to take to their GP surgeries in MyCNHC Resources. Click here for information on MyCNHC Resources
     
  • Use of the CNHC Quality Mark: complementary therapy practitioners who register with the CNHC are able to use the CNHC ‘quality mark', which incorporates the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) accreditation mark, on their websites and in publicity materials. Click here for information on how to use the CNHC Quality Mark
     
  • PR support: CNHC registered practitioners have been gaining a wide range of local coverage by using PR support provided by CNHC. Therapists from around the UK have been featured in local newspapers, magazines and local radio with many seeing an increase in enquiries and clients as a result.
     
  • Entry on national register: CNHC-registered complementary therapists appear on our national register which has received over 300,000 searches since the register opened. Click here to search the CNHC register
     
  • London Boroughs Special Treatment Exempted Status: CNHC has been granted exempted status by the London Special Treatment Group for CNHC registered therapists working in London Boroughs. This means that any CNHC registered complementary therapist wishing to open premises in London will be eligible for a licence exemption. Practitioners should check with their local council before going ahead as some may still require a licence despite the recommendation from the London Group. Please click here for further information
     
  • Private health cash plans: CNHC registration is recognised for reimbursement with a number of private health cash plan providers such as Health Shield, Simply Health & a number of specific employer plans with Westfield Health. This means that clients who are members of the relevant plans can claim for the cost of the treatments outlined here, when they visit CNHC registered complementary therapists.
     
  • Employment advantages: An increasing range of bodies such as employers and insurers are using CNHC registration and the CNHC ‘quality mark' as an independent validation of standards. CNHC registration is increasingly becoming a requirement for referrals for complementary therapies. Click here for details of job and volunteer roles for CNHC registered practitioners
     
  • CNHC and professional associations working together: The CNHC and complementary therapy professional associations are working together to raise and maintain standards of practice and it is increasingly seen as good practice to sign up to both. The key difference is that CNHC as a regulatory body acts in the public interest and Professional Associations act in the interest of the practioners and the profession. See How the CNHC works with the Professions.
     
  • CNHC Newsletters: CNHC Newsupdates are sent via email at the beginning of each month to all CNHC registered practitioners. Click here to view copies of CNHC's newsletters
     
  • MyCNHC Resources: All CNHC registered practitioners can download a range of useful documents by logging into MyCNHC and clicking on the 'CNHC Resources' option. Click here for information on MyCNHC Resources
     
  • Holistic Therapist Magazine: A free digital edition of Holistic Therapist magazine is sent to all CNHC registrants quarterly. The magazine contains a wide range of articles designed to support practitioners with running a successful practice.
     
  • Advertising support: CNHC has worked with the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) Copy Advice Team, in consultation with CNHC's Profession Specific Boards (PSBs), to produce wording to describe each of the therapies CNHC registers. The purpose of this is to offer wording that practitioners may use to describe their practice in a way that will reduce to a very great extent the risk of a successful complaint to the ASA.CNHC also provides guidance about advertising in relation to the Cancer Act 1939. See Guidance for Registrants.

CNHC News

PSB elections – next round starts on 28 October 2016 The election process for the Aromatherapy, Reflexology & Shiatsu Profession Specific Boards (PSBs) will begin on 28 October more >
Marie Curie seeks volunteer complementary therapist, Penarth Marie Curie welcomes practitioners of a wide variety of complementary therapies to support patients and carers at their hospice in Penarth, Wales more >
Job Opportunity for Nutritional Therapists at BCNH College of Nutrition & Health BCNH College of Nutrition & Health is currently seeking Academic & Clinical tutors to work part-time more >
UCLH in London seeks volunteer complementary therapist University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust seeks complementary therapist volunteer more >
Volunteer Opportunity at Macmillan Centre in London Macmillan Centre, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust seeks volunteer complementary therapists more >

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Search the Register

To find a local complementary therapist, enter your own postcode or town/city and select how many miles from there that you want to search.

You can narrow your search by selecting a particular type of therapy from the drop down list.

Alternatively you can search for a therapist by name.