• Recognition for CNHC registrants in the wider public health workforce

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has recognised that practitioners registered with CNHC support public health in the UK by encouraging their clients to make positive lifestyle changes that could improve their health and wellbeing.

This recognition is one of the key messages in a joint report released last week with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA), which looks at the potential impact that the ‘untapped resource’ of practitioners on Accredited Registers (ARs) could have on the nation’s public health.
The valuable support offered by CNHC registrants includes improvements to diet and nutrition, support with giving up smoking and losing weight, support with reducing stress, improving sleep, managing pain and other symptoms, as well as overall enhancements to wellbeing.
A key focus of the report is to identify barriers that inhibit the best use of this untapped resource. For example, a key recommendation is for AR practitioners to have the authority to make direct NHS referrals - in appropriate cases - thereby reducing the administrative burden on GP surgeries.
The report found that because practitioners on accredited registers build relationships of trust with their clients, and also have comparatively long treatment sessions, they are uniquely suited to offer brief interventions and ‘effective signposting’ for health concerns.
The report is the culmination of a consultation launched at the PSA’s annual conference in early May. It follows focus group discussions which involved a number of CNHC registrants, as well as the RSPH’s survey that was sent to practitioners on every Accredited Register last year.
CNHC contributed to the report by sending out our own survey. We were delighted that 25 percent of our registrants responded with very clear messages and information that we fed back to RSPH and PSA. You can read the report in full here.https://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/docs/default-source/publications/untapped-resources---accredited-registers-in-the-wider-workforce-november-2017.pdf?sfvrsn=0

• CNHC article features in New Statesman healthcare supplement

Clinicians and managers from NHS trusts around the UK were the featured guests at the launch of the New Statesman magazine Spotlight policy report on healthcare, which included a CNHC article.

CNHC Chair Michael Watson welcomed guests and contributors to last month’s event, which featured comments by Norman Lamb MP, the former health minister and now chairman of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee, and Lisa Cameron MP, the Scottish National Party’s spokeswoman in Westminster on mental health.

The event was great opportunity for guests from NHS trusts and charities who use CNHC-registered practitioners to meet and share experiences of how complementary therapies are integrated with mainstream medicine for a wide range of patients.
CNHC Chief Executive Margaret Coats contributed a piece on the benefits that complementary therapies could provide to NHS patients and health professionals, especially in a time of stretched resources. The supplement also featured the CNHC poster ‘Choose with Confidence’ on the back cover. The New Statesman Spotlight policy supplement on healthcare is available here http://www.newstatesman.com/sites/default/files/ns_spotlight_health_supplement_oct_2017.pdf 

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