The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care has reported to Ministers that 63,000 health practitioners stand ready to help transform the nation’s health.
Local Complementary Therapies practitioner, Mariette Lobo from Body in Balance Training and Clinic, is one of them.
Harry Cayton, the Professional Standards Authority Chief Executive, stated that we need to look for new ways to deliver integrated care fit for the 21st century. He called for people in charge of health and care services to use a wider range of occupational groups, including complementary therapies. Mr Cayton made the comments as the Authority published a report to Ministers on the Accredited Registers programme, the Government programme to promote safety and quality in a wide range of health and care services across the UK.
He said: “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.”
The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) is one of these Accredited Registers and Mariette Lobo is registered with them. Mariette commented: ‘As a CNHC registrant I am proud to be part of the health and care workforce and agree that we do have a role to play in this new approach to health and wellbeing”.
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.”