2018 FHT Conference

Our 2018 FHT Conference will focus on how professional therapists can help to support the integrated healthcare agenda at a time when our healthcare system is under increasing pressure.

The King's Fund imageThe conference will take place on Thursday 29 November at The King’s Fund in the heart of London’s West End and feature a host of talks presented by leading experts in research, education and integrated healthcare. It will look at some of the many ways professional therapists can support both the public and the medical workforce – from helping patients to make positive lifestyle changes and manage their own health and symptoms, to addressing ‘effectiveness gaps’ and creating cost and time efficiencies within the NHS.

The talks will cover:

  • Evidence base and measuring treatment outcomes
  • Understanding therapies from a GP’s perspective
  • Integrated healthcare success stories and case studies
  • Overcoming barriers to integrated healthcare
  • And networking opportunities for all.

We are also delighted to present our annual FHT Excellence Awards on the day - shining a spotlight on real life examples of how therapies can make a difference to the health and wellbeing of others.

A networking buffet lunch, drinks reception and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Tickets for our 2018 FHT Conference are now fully booked! We look forward to seeing you there.

Please see our event bookings terms and conditions.




9.00am - 9.30am Registration and refreshments
9.30am - 9.45am Welcome
9.45am - 10.30am Professor Nicola Robinson
Research evidence - how it is used and how should it be collected?
10.30am - 11.15am Dr Julie McCullough, MFHT
Researching the effects of antenatal reflexology on pregnancy and labour outcomes
11.15am - 11.30am Break
11.30am - 12.15pm Anita Mehrez, MFHT
Making a difference – the complementary health and wellbeing team at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
12.15pm - 1.00pm Sir Sam Everington
Bromley by Bow Centre: a holistic approach to building a healthy community
1.00pm - 2.00pm Buffet lunch
2.00pm - 2.45pm Dr Michael Dixon
Challenges and opportunities for complementary therapy in the current healthcare landscape
2.45pm - 3.30pm Jennifer Young, MFHT
The impact of cancer on wellbeing and providing support through therapies
3.30pm - 3.45pm Refreshments
3.45pm - 4.45pm 2018 FHT Excellence Awards presentation
4.45pm - 5.00pm Closing comments
5.00pm - 6.00pm Drinks reception

*FHT reserves the right to adjust talk subjects and timings where necessary.


Dr Michael Dixon

Widely considered as one of the most influential figures in healthcare, Dr Michael Dixon is a GP, national clinical lead for social prescribing (NHS England), chairman of the College of Medicine, and an appointed government advisor on GP commissioning. He is a strong advocate of preventative medicine, healthy living and integrated healthcare. In his talk, Dr Dixon will provide an overview of the current health and social care landscape, and discuss the different challenges and opportunities this presents for the successful integration of complementary therapies into mainstream care.

Read more about Dr Dixon and social prescribing.

Sir Sam Everington

Sir Sam Everington is a GP, chair of Tower Hamlet’s Clinical Commissioning Group, elected member of the British Medical Association’s Council, director of Community Health Partnerships, Honorary Professor of Queen Mary University of London and vice president of the College of Medicine and Queen’s Nursing Institute. 

He believes that quality of life is the strongest determinant of good health and has been championing lifestyle changes, social prescription and care in the community for many years. He is part of the Bromley By Bow GP partnership, an innovative community organisation with more than 100 projects to support wider determinants of health, a subject he will discuss at the 2018 FHT Conference. For this he has developed a working model of social prescription, helping to support the community in Tower Hamlets, London, an area with high deprivation and poverty.

Read more about social prescribing

Professor Nicola Robinson

Nicola Robinson is professor of traditional Chinese medicine at London South Bank University, chair of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM) and editor in chief of the European Journal of Integrative Medicine. She has a keen interest in complementary medicine and its integration into mainstream healthcare. In her talk, Professor Robinson will be discussing the importance of evidence base and how best to measure and present treatment outcomes for complementary therapy interventions.

Read more about Professor Robinson and the importance of research.

Anita Mehrez, MFHT

Anita Mehrez is a senior member of the complementary therapy team at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, which received an FHT Excellence Award for researching and developing the CALM Service, bringing therapeutic support to patients struggling to cope with difficult medical procedures. Anita will be talking about the different interventions offered by the team; how these help to improve efficiencies in the hospital; and how they audit and fund the therapy service, which includes their comprehensive integrative therapies training programme.

Read more about the CALM service and the use of aromasticks at The Christie.

Dr Julie McCullough, MFHT

Dr McCullough is a research associate at Ulster University. As part of her PhD, she joined an established research team investigating the impact of antenatal reflexology on women experiencing stress caused by pregnancy-related low back and/or pelvic girdle pain. The findings of The CAM in Pregnancy Trial were very positive, which Dr McCullough will discuss in her talk, along with what it was like to be involved in this research, as a complementary therapist, scientist and mother.

Read Dr McCullough's article on her reflexology research.

Jennifer Young, MFHT

Jennifer Young is a microbiologist, nutritional therapist, aromatherapist, beauty therapist and product formulator. She is the creator of Defiant Beauty, specialist skincare for those affected by cancer, founder of Beauty Despite Cancer, and author of Recognise Yourself, a beauty and wellbeing guide for those affected by cancer. Jennifer will be talking about the impact of cancer on wellbeing, including its effects on the hair, nails and skin, as well as her pioneering therapy work to help clients live with and beyond cancer.

Read about the Appearance and Wellbeing Clinic at Guy's Hospital.


Janey Lee Grace

We're delighted that UK Health Radio presenter Janey Lee Grace will be hosting our 2018 FHT Conference.

Janey is known to over seven million listeners on BBC Radio 2 and writes columns for many health and wellbeing publications. In addition, Janey produces a range of health and wellness radio programmes for UK Health Radio and writes articles for Health Triangle Magazine.




Built in the reign of George III, No.11 Cavendish Square is a Grade II listed townhouse and has over the years been sympathetically extended to cater for larger events. It is also home to The King’s Fund, an independent charity working in England to achieve the vision that the best possible health and care is available to all.

Situated in the heart of London’s West End, the venue is close to shops, theatres, restaurants and the Royal Colleges, and just a few minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus underground station (Exit 4). Download and print our handy map to find the venue or view its location on Google Maps.


Tickets for our 2018 FHT Conference are now fully booked! We look forward to seeing you there.

See our event bookings terms and conditions