11th November 2019 | News

On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October CNHC exhibited at the Integrative Health Convention which took place in London at the Park Plaza Hotel.

Dr Michael Dixon opened the event and discussed many ways that integrated healthcare can benefit patients through programmes such as social prescribing or personal health budgets. He explained that an approach to integrative healthcare provides more personalised care, addresses inequalities and increases social capital and the potential for a health creating community.

Across the two-day convention there were four CNHC registrants who presented, speaking on Massage Therapy, Reflexology and Reiki.

Gerry Andrews, CNHC registered Massage Therapist, presented to a room of GPs, practitioners and other therapists. In his talk Gerry discussed the importance of Patient Activation Measures (PAM) and how they are a great tool to provide feedback on outcomes and help clients to see progress made on their conditions.

Heather Richards, CNHC registered Nutritional Therapist, presented on general nutrition advice for General Practitioners (GPs) and other health care professionals to discuss with their patients. She included simple steps they can take to approach the topic of nutrition with their patients and the health benefits they can see by making small changes to their diet over time.

Tracey Smith, CNHC registered Reflexologist and former Reflexology Profession Specific Board (PSB) member, spoke about the evidence, trials and research conducted in the field of reflexology. Attendees were particularly interested in the details of the studies and were keen to receive the links afterwards.

Ignaty Dyakov, CNHC registered Reiki practitioner and Local Champion, spoke about his life story and his journey through the Himalayas and England to becoming a registered Reiki practitioner. He also discussed how his path helped him recognise the importance of standards, quality of training and cooperation between therapists within the sector.