Accredited Complementary Practitioners Recognised as an "Untapped Resource"
The Royal Society for Public Health has recognised that practitioners registered with the Complementary and Natural Health care Council (CNHC) are an “untapped resource” and support public health by encouraging their clients to make a range of lifestyle changes. This recognition is the clear message in a joint report entitles ‘Untapped Resources’ with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA), published yesterday, which looks at the potential impact that the practitioners on Accredited Registers (ARs) could have on the nation’s health and wellbeing. A key focus of the report is to identify the barriers that inhibit the best use of this untapped resource, and how they could be addressed.
The accredited registers (AR) workforce, currently nearing 80,000 nationwide, comprises a wide variety of healthcare practices with the potential to make a significant contribution to promoting and protecting the public’s health.
The Society is adamant that the UK must make use of every opportunity to improve public health and make progress on health priorities such as smoking cessation and reducing obesity. Practitioners on ARs the report says, have the potential to make a significant contribution to public health – one which, according to RSPH Chief Executive Shirley Cramer and PSA Chief Executive Harry Cayton, we can “ill afford to ignore.”
These include improvements to diet and nutrition, support with losing weight and giving up smoking, support with improving sleep, reducing stress, managing pain and other symptoms, as well as overall enhancements to wellbeing and resilience.
Practitioners on accredited registers are uniquely suited to offer brief interventions and ‘effective signposting’ for health concerns as they build relationships of trust with their clients, and also have comparatively long treatment sessions, in comparision to health professionals within the NHS.
For example, as a full-time Medical Hypnotherapist in my Chester Hypnotherapy Practice, my shortest appointment session is 1 hour and my first session is 2 hours long which includes a full hour holistic, clinical assessement. Within this time, it’s not uncommon for me to become aware of significant health issues for a person, which may include
- Poor life style choices endangering health
- Incorrect use of medications
- Poor medication compliance
- Dependence on prescribed or non-prescribed substances
- Undiagnosed high blood pressure
- Uninvestigated symptoms or signs that need medical investigation
- Untreated serious pathology eg clinical depression that needs medical treatment
- Patients struggling with debilitating issues such as poor sleep, anxiety, panic attacks, pain where so much can be done to help and improve
- Patients that wish to make improvements in lifestyle choices but just don’t know how to start or where to seek support.
- Patients who have little knowledge or information as to their clinical condition and how they can be empowered to support and improve their own health and condition
We must compare this realtively average consultation and face to face time in complementary medicine, with the average 10 – 30 minute consultation time within NHS health services.
As concerns are highlights, I am then able to implement effective brief interventions or effectively signpost the client to where they need to be to get the help they need to protect their health and improve wellbeing.
As a Medical Doctor and being fully registered on Accredited Registers with the CNHC and the Federation of Holistic Therapists, I only ever refer clients to Associate Therapists and Practitioners who are on the Accredited Registers for their speciality.
Please be aware that NOT EVERY HYPNOTHERAPIST in Chester, Cheshire or any location is registered on an accredited register, in fact the majority aren't. Do your homework and only choose to see a practitioner who is fully registered. This way you can be assured you are seeing Practitioners of the highest quality.
You can read the RSPH report in full here: https://www.rsph.org.uk/our-work/policy/accredited-registers-workforce.html
Dr Emma Rae Rhead Hypnotherapy
Registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the Federation of Holistic Therapists.
Hypnotherapy Chester, Hypnotherapy Wrexham, Hypnotherapy Cheshire, Hypnotherapy Liverpool, Hypnotherapy Warrington, Hypnotherapy Wirral, Hypnotherapy North Wales, Hypnotherapy Harley Street London