Vacancies for CNHC Board Members

Are you interested in setting standards in the public interest? CNHC is seeking two Lay* members for the CNHC Board. (*‘Lay’ in this context means one who has never completed training or practised in any occupation regulated by CNHC.)

The Board meets for a half-day four times a year. Meetings are held in London. The meeting dates for the rest of this year are 10 July and 16 October.

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Wednesday 8 May 2024.

IPM 24: Discounted rates for CNHC registrants

There is still time left for CNHC registrants to claim their 20 per cent discount on the Early Bird conference booking rate for this year’s Integrative and Personalised Medicine Congress (IPM). The Congress takes place on 6 to 8 June 2024 at the QEII Centre in London.

If you are a CNHC registrant you will receive a discounted Early Bird rate if you book by 3 May 2024, starting from £149 for a one-day conference pass. As well as entrance to the conferences you will have free access to the workshops and exhibition.

News from our Verifying Organisations and Stakeholders

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) is looking for a Head of Accreditation to lead its Accreditation team within the Regulation and Accreditation Directorate. One of the PSA’s key roles is to accredit registers of practitioners working in unregulated health and care roles through the Accredited Registers programme. There are currently 28 registers within the programme, covering approximately 130,000 registrants. The PSA is looking to continue to expand the assurance and public protection the programme provides, including through increasing awareness and recognition of the programme. The closing date for applications is 6 May.
Find out more here.

The Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM) Annual Conference, taking place online on 13 September 2024, is open for abstracts and registration. The conference will showcase UK research, especially from PhD, postgraduate, and early career researchers. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 1 June 2024.
Find out more here.

The Shiatsu Society UK is currently seeking a self-organising enthusiastic part-time Virtual Manager to join their dynamic remote team.
Find out more here.

Positive news item on the ASA/CAP website

A Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) news update on Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) published on the ASA/CAP website on 24 March 2024 includes this positive message about the value of Complementary Therapies:

“Other therapies – Get a feeling for acceptable claims

The Advertising Codes require that marketers hold robust documentary evidence, most likely in the form of trials on humans, before making objective claims about the benefits of CAM therapies.

There are innumerable amazing therapies available. It may be that a therapy is less well-known, meaning that robust clinical studies are not available. This means that objective treatment claims will not be permitted in ads. But fear not, marketers can still make claims about the hands-on nature of the therapy or its subjective or sensorial benefits. After all, these therapies provide great comfort for patients who often feel that conventional medicine alone doesn’t take account of them as a whole person.

Our AdviceOnline entries cover a number of different therapies – please do check to see if your treatment has an entry, as it will give you a good idea of currently acceptable claims. For bespoke advice on your non-broadcast ads, our Copy Advice team are also here to help.”

Job and Volunteering opportunities for CNHC registrants

The Cancer Information and Support Centres at the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust are looking for enthusiastic volunteer complementary therapists who are registered with the CNHC and have at least one years’ post qualification experience in Massage Therapy, Yoga Therapy, Reflexology or Aromatherapy. Find out more here.

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