Complementary Therapies in Cancer & Palliative Care

This is a Continuing Professional Development course. It is anticipated this 2-day course will qualify for 10 CPD points with most professional bodies.

Course Details

The next course will run on Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 October, 2020 from 9.30am to 4pm in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland.

The course fee is £250.00.

It is anticipated this 2-day course will qualify for 10 CPD points by most professional bodies


Mariette Lobo and Jane McCafferty.

Mariette Lobo, owner and principal tutor at Body in Balance Training, pioneered the use of complementary therapies in the fields of cancer and palliative care at the Beatson Oncology Centre and TakTent Cancer Support, in Glasgow. Her service provided the roadmap for initiatives within hospitals and hospices all over Scotland, many of which used the Beatson/TakTent model to springboard their own programme of complementary therapy care. When she moved to her teaching post in Fife in 2002, she handed over her clinic projects to a former student of hers who is still very pro-actively involved in their further development within the Beatson’s new premises at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow. Since leaving her post as complementary therapies lecturer in further education in 2012, Mariette set up as a private training provider and runs Body in Balance Training, a centre of excellence for fully insured, professional, practitioner courses for complementary therapists, as well as a robust continuing professional development (CPD) programme for practising therapists.

Jane McCafferty recently retired as Clinical Nurse Specialist Gynaecology/Oncology and Nurse Colposcopist at NHS Fife. Prior to this, she held several senior positions within Gynaecology/Oncology in Edinburgh where she gained expertise in gynaecology related cancers. Her involvement in research projects at the innovative Reproductive Outpatients Clinic in Edinburgh, which she was instrumental in setting up, gained her an award from Edinburgh University. She also took on several teaching roles until her appointment to the newly created post of Clinical Nurse Specialist Gynaecology/Oncology within NHS Fife in 2002. Her remit was to develop a service that was patient-centred and responsive to the individual and the wider family’s needs. During this time, Jane was also involved in research and audits. Additionally, she undertook professional development courses in complementary therapies – reflexology, massage and aromatherapy.

Course Description

This is a two-day CPD course for complementary therapists with recognised Level 3 practitioner qualifications (reflexology, massage, aromatherapy, indian head massage, reiki, the bowen technique, hypnotherapy). A good knowledge of Anatomy & Physiology is mandatory. The minimum number of students is 2 and the maximum number of students is 4. The course is designed to allow practitioners to gain confidence in working with cancer patients and those receiving palliative care, and to give them the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate with other professional colleagues within this specialist healthcare environment. There will be several case study scenarios which will form part of the course assessment. Please note that this course will NOT cover individual therapies in relation to cancer/palliative care and you would be well advised to seek further specialist training to increase proficiency within your own particular  therapy discipline(s). The tutors’ focus is much more broad-based and they will provide an excellent introduction and valuable insights into the role and contribution of complementary therapists in hospitals/hospices, the protocols and issues you should be aware of, the importance of teamwork, professional boundaries, consent and confidentiality, taking a good medical history, working with the patient/client and not the cancer.

There will be two twenty minute breaks (refreshment provided) and a forty five minute lunch break (refreshment not provided).


Please email for a registration form

Applications, with course fees, must be received by Friday 9 October, 2020, i.e. two weeks prior to course start date of 24th October, 2020.

Late applications to join this course will be accepted only under special circumstances.

Course fees are fully inclusive of all course content.

Course content for you to print is emailed to you shortly before the course start date.

Terms and conditions

Please read the terms and conditions and get in touch with me ( for further information or if you have any questions.

Course Content

  • What is cancer?
  • What is palliative care?
  • Causes of cancer
  • Types of cancer – signs and symptoms
  • Medical treatments and side effects
  • Emotional effects of cancer
  • The role of the complementary therapist
  • Contraindications and cautions
  • Providing complementary therapy
  • Adapting your treatment including positioning
  • Supervision and mentoring – taking care of yourself

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