Established in 1962, the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) is the largest professional association for complementary, holistic beauty and sports therapists, as well as those starting out or teaching in this exciting and growing industry. We provide practical support to our members and protect the public's health by ensuring high standards in both training and practice.
We run the largest Accredited Register of complementary therapists to have been independently accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, a body accountable to parliament, helping the public to choose a non-statutory regulated health practitioner with confidence.
Comprehensive tailor-made insurance
Professional insurance can be confusing, but all practising therapists should have it – that’s why we’re here to help. We're authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, so we can arrange it with our well-known insurance providers – an exclusive service for our members.
Keeping members up to date with industry news
Members receive copies of our magazine, International Therapist, and regular e-updates. Published on a quarterly basis, International Therapist offers a broad range of articles from therapy-specific articles to expert business advice. The magazine is a membership benefit, so it's not available off-the-shelf or by subscription.
Promoting members to potential clients
Members have their own profile page on our website (eligibility criteria apply), a professional suffix, lapel badge and logo to use on their own marketing materials. We also raise the profile of our members with advertising and editorial in national publications and by representing our members at parliamentary level.
We recently sent out an email to all of our members, advising that changes have been made to the government guidance for close contact services in England. The Scottish government has also recently updated its guidance (19 July) and while they have made very few significant changes, we would advise members working in this country to read through the latest version. For top line information and useful links, please visit our Coronavirus statement and FAQs.
We're gathering some ‘grassroots’ data – direct from clients/patients themselves – about the positive impact that complementary therapy is having on their health and wellbeing. This will then be presented to the media, government and health and care agencies, to demonstrate (among other things) how complementary therapies can be used, alongside conventional medicine, to not only help address the needs of the individual, but to also take pressure off the health and care system.
We recently concluded our first ever podcast series on the FHT Virtual Congress and are pleased to have had hundreds of members listen in to enjoy these conversations. Here at the FHT, a huge highlight of our year is celebrating our member's hard work and dedication through the FHT Excellence Awards. There have been some truly amazing accomplishments and we thought what better way to share these far and wide than to invite some of our winners to feature as guests on our podcast? The Celebrating Excellence series will be live in July, please keep an eye out for further announcements!
Whether it is going above and beyond to support your clients remotely, focusing on sustainability, broadening your treatments to welcome a diverse client base, or helping others learn new techniques and topics, it has been inspiring and uplifting reading the entries.
Finalists will be announced in early August at fht.org.uk/awards. Good luck to all our entries!