2019 FHT Conference

Learn how you can be part of the integrated healthcare revolution

Following the success of last year’s conference, we’re delighted to announce that the 2019 FHT Conference will be taking place at The King’s Fund, London, on Friday 29 November.

The conference will once again bring together leading experts in research, education and healthcare to explore the future of integrated health and social care. We will also be announcing the winners of our annual FHT Excellence Awards on the day - shining a spotlight on the different ways therapies can make a difference to the health and wellbeing of others. 

The talks will cover:

  • Evaluating treatments using patient reported outcome measures (PROMs)
  • Integrated healthcare success stories 
  • Creating a sustainable complementary therapy service in the NHS
  • Opportunities for therapists within the current health and care system 
  • The therapist’s role in enhancing body image and body esteem in clients

FHT members will receive 5 CPD points for attending the full day of talks.

Last year's conference has also recently been shortlisted for the Best New Association Conference or Event category in the Association Excellence Awards 2019.


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About the day

A full programme will be made available online at a later date and in the Autumn issue of International Therapist, but the times below will give you an overview of the running order of the day (please note timings are subject to change).

9.00am – 9.30am – Registration and refreshments
9.30am – 9.45am – Welcome
9.45am – 1.15pm – Guest speakers (with refreshments break)
1.15pm – 2.15pm – Networking buffet lunch
2.15pm – 3.00pm – Guest speakers 
3.00pm – 4.00pm – FHT Excellence Awards presentation
4.00pm – 5.00pm – Drinks reception

The conference will be taking place at The King's Fund, 11 Cavendish Square, 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.

Confirmed speakers

Dr John Hughes

John is director of research for the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, UCLH NHS Trust, and co-chair of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM). He is also a visiting fellow within the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, University of Southampton, and works closely with the World Health Organisation on the subject of traditional medicine.

John will be providing an overview of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs), including different types of PROMs that are client and therapist-friendly, the contexts where these can be used, benefits and limitations of PROMs, and how the data can be used to evaluate treatments and further integrated healthcare.

Dr Fiona Holland

A senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Derby, Fiona supports students in modules and research projects that link with health and wellbeing. Fiona qualified as a massage therapist in 1997 and ran her own massage and wellbeing practice in the USA. Her research interests include behaviour change, body esteem, breast cancer and body image, and the benefits of wellbeing interventions on psychological health.

Fiona will give an overview of the impact of negative body image across different populations and outline the benefits of developing and maintaining body esteem. She will outline ways therapists can reinforce positive body image and esteem and will give delegates practical guidance in how to do this. Fiona will encourage delegates to consider creating a pro-esteem environment to benefit wellbeing and promote healthier self-talk and body-supportive behaviours.

Gwyn Featonby and Sarah Grant

Gwyn and Sarah are members of the award-winning team that head up the NHS Natural Health School, based at Harrogate District Hospital, Harrogate and District Foundation Trust (HDFT). It is the first NHS-approved and owned complementary therapy school to be run by NHS employees, and was developed to create a self-sustaining model of care for cancer patients, delivered by therapists trained to the highest standards. 

In their presentation, Gwyn and Sarah will explain to delegates how they went about improving the hospital’s existing therapy service, as well as the hard work and determination that went into setting up the school. They will touch on how they evaluate the service, the training provided to their students, along with how the model supports patients, therapists, medical staff and the Trust alike.


Suzanne Ruggles, MSc, DipHE, MFHT

Suzanne set up and ran a successful design business in London until in 1996, she was diagnosed with lupus. Six years later she had a near-death experience caused by meningitis. As a result of both of her personal experiences, Suzanne discovered first-hand how integrated therapies can help someone to cope with their condition and symptoms. She went on to study mind-body medicine extensively in UK and America, gaining a Masters in Health Science from St George's Medical School, and later founded the Full Circle Fund charity, to provide evidence-based support in hospitals to those facing a life-threatening or life-limiting illness.

Suzanne will share with delegates her background, how she came to set up an award-winning integrated therapy programme at St George’s Hospital, London and Brighton and Sussex University Hospital, and the ground-breaking work being carried out by the Full Circle team. During her presentation, Suzanne will also discuss the importance of evaluating the therapy service, some of the findings this revealed, and her collaborative reiki research with a leading hospital in the USA.

Dr Laura Marshall-Andrews

Laura is a GP who is passionate about patient-centred care and integrated medicine. She is the founder of the Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre, an NHS GP surgery which has an integrated team of complementary therapists and healing arts centre. She is also the College of Medicine Lead on Integrated General Practice and has a strong interest in ‘slow medicine’, which views the patient as an organic being that needs time and the right conditions to heal, as opposed to a broken machine that needs to be ‘fixed’.

In her presentation, Laura will explain to delegates what she thinks good integrated healthcare ‘looks like’, including an overview of the services available at Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre, and also provide an introduction to the key principles of ‘slow medicine’. She will then share some tips on how therapists can make the most of current opportunities in the health and care system and forge links with relevant health professionals and organisations in their local community. 



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