7th February 2019 | News Archive

In its Report ‘Integrated Healthcare: Putting the Pieces Together’, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare (PGIH), urges government to embrace complementary, traditional and natural medicine to assist with addressing the key health issues affecting the country.  This report was produced in consultation with 113 complementary and alternative medicine organisations – including the CNHC.

Some of the recommendations from the report include:

  • Extending access to NHS Personal Health Budgets to include more patients with long-term and chronic conditions
  • Urging NICE to consider MYMOP, MYCAW and other patient outcome measures, following the recent ruling by the Charity Commision 
  • Initiating government run NHS pilot projects to look at non-traditional ways of treating patients with long-term and chronic conditions

The PGIH recommendations also include a call for government to take on board and act on the recommendations in the 2017 report Untapped Resources: Accredited Registers in the Wider Workforce, published jointly by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA).

The ‘Untapped Resources’ report highlights the potential ways that these practitioners could contribute to addressing the growing public health crises in the UK, in terms of prevention and self-care, thereby reducing the pressure on the NHS.  It recognises that “Practitioners registered with CNHC support public health by encouraging their clients to make arrange of lifestyle changes.  These include improvements to diet and nutrition, support with giving up smoking and losing weight, support with reducing stress, improving sleep, managing pain and other symptoms.”

CNHC asks the government and the NHS to consider making greater use of this resource via social prescribing and personal health budgets, to help deliver the New Service Model for the 21st Century, as set out in Chapter 1 of the NHS Long Term Plan.

You can read the full PGIH report here.