As registrants will be aware, following a suggestion made by CNHC, the General Medical Council (GMC) has agreed to amend its guidance to doctors.
It is now advising that when referring to a practitioner who is not a doctor or other statutorily regulated health professional doctors must: ‘...... be satisfied that systems are in place to assure the safety and quality of care provided – for example, the services have been commissioned through an NHS commissioning process or the practitioner is on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.” (CNHC bold)
Doctors can now refer patients wanting complementary therapies to CNHC registrants as they are all on CNHC's Accredited Register.
This applies to doctors in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland because the GMC is the regulator for all doctors in the UK. The new guidance does not mean that NHS funding will automatically follow but it does mean that patients will be able to ask for a referral where appropriate.
If you are CNHC registered you can download a letter to take to your GP practice along with our CNHC leaflet and poster by logging into MyCNHC. You can see the full wording of the GMC guidance here at section 8: GMC Good Medical Practice - Delegation and Referral