CNHC News                             May 2015

April 2015



General Medical Council (GMC) agrees to amend referrals guidance to doctors

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:

CNHC Special Report and Press Release 12 March 2015

CNHC registrants are among 63,000 health practitioners who stand ready to help transform the nation’s health, says Professional Standards Authority

Complementary therapists on CNHC’s Accredited Register are included in the professions named by the Professional Standards Authority in its Accredited Registers Report to Ministers published today.

Currently in the UK we have voluntary self regulation for complementary therapies i.e. it is not compulsory. It is the person doing the Reiki who is regulated, not the Reiki itself, i.e. it is how they work and their interaction with the public.

The Regulator regulates the practice of Reiki (and other therapies/disciplines), primarily to protect the public. There are currently two Regulatory Bodies accepting registration from practitioners of Reiki and other complementary therapies in the UK.

In order for Regulation to be effective and representative of the discipline being regulated, there were many stakeholders and advisers who were consulted during the regulatory process, and who will continue to be involved.

There are currently a number of professional associations representing Reiki practitioners in the UK, of which the UK Reiki Federation is one of the largest.

The Qualification Process

For qualifications to be formally accredited they need to meet certain criteria, including linking to the National Occupational Standards ie for Reiki.

Frequently asked questions about the regulation of Reiki in the UK, particularly the process of Voluntary Self-Regulation (VSR), and the various organisations implementing it.