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Professional Standards Association recommends CNHC therapists to Healthcare commissioners

posted 18 Mar 2015, 07:44 by Tom Greenfield

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) is a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, and registers Naturopaths in the UK, in addition to 16 other complementary therapies.

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.

Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority said:

‘We all know we need to deliver new, innovative ways to improve people’s health. The NHS is re-examining the way it delivers services and is exploring new models of integrated care better-suited to today. That means looking beyond the traditional confines of our health and care system and the traditional health professions. The 63,000 practitioners on 17 Accredited Registers covering 25 occupations must be part of that, offering different approaches to care which commissioners can choose with the confidence that they are competent and safe.’

He continued:.....we no longer have to depend solely on doctors and nurses but can create broader multidisciplinary teams. We must invest in prevention and wellbeing to deliver healthcare for the 21st Century. The complementary therapists registered with CNHC are among the health practitioners who have a key role to play in this new model.”

CNHC’s Chair, John Lant commented:

‘We have over 5,000 practitioners on our Accredited Register from professions that are already used to support patients in areas such as cancer and palliative care and mental health services. The patient comments outlined in the report speak volumes about the role complementary therapies can play in enhancing patient wellbeing and we welcome wholeheartedly the Professional Standards Authority’s comments and report.” 

Naturopaths at Greenfields are members of the CNHC.