Amanda Tata, CNHC registered Reflexologist and NHS volunteer, has received a ‘Points of Light’ award from the Prime Minister’s Office, as part of the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the NHS.
This award recognises Amanda’s work on delivering a complementary therapy programme at University College Hospital (UCH).
Amanda has been volunteering at UCH for over 10 years, following in her mother’s and grandmother’s footsteps, as both of them also volunteered there. While her mother and grandmother were not practitioners, they gave much needed conversational support to patients and administrative support for NHS staff.
It is Amanda’s mission to promote volunteering and provide complementary therapy in the NHS. She treats around 200 patients a year at UCH, offering a range of treatments including reflexology and massage. Amanda focuses her work on the general medical wards, where her treatments help patients relax and manage stress. Over the years she has grown the programme to a team of 12 professional complementary therapists who volunteer their time.
Following receipt of the Points of Light award, Amanda received a personal letter from Theresa May which said “You are having a tremendous impact on patients and staff at University College Hospital.
The complementary therapies you provide give them the opportunity to take some time away from their day and relax. By also training other professionals to donate their skills in this way
you will reach even more people across the hospital. As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS, I want to wish you the very best with your initiative as you continue to support
staff and patients alike.”
Amanda’s work is certainly getting noticed, as this is not the first time she has been honoured for her volunteer efforts. Earlier this year, she won the University College Hospital
‘Volunteer of the Year Award’.
Congratulations Amanda, from all of us at CNHC.