Have you supported a client to overcome low self-esteem?
Maybe you have helped a client with body image issues and witnessed profound changes in their confidence and sense of self-worth?
Has an inspirational colleague really raised the bar in beauty therapy excellence?
Do you work with clients with specific conditions affecting their body image, such as pigment disorders, scarring, hair loss or hirsutism?
Perhaps you offer an innovative new way of supporting clients impacted by the side effects of chemotherapy, for example?
If any of the above sounds familiar, we’d love to hear from you. You can nominate yourself for the award, or put forward an inspirational colleague or team.
You or the person you nominate will need to demonstrate excellence in practice, in one of the following areas:
Client service: This ‘hallmark of excellence' is about delivering quality care and outcomes for clients. It's when what you do really benefits the health and wellbeing of your clients.
Research: For members who are involved in developing or carrying out therapy research, this award celebrates the small study as well as the large clinical trial.
Innovation: Focuses on the imaginative and creative use of original or adapted ideas or techniques - for example, the development of a new massage product, teaching aid or therapy service.
Leadership: Aimed at members who make things happen and encourage and inspire others, from organising a team of therapists for a charitable event, to leading a team providing a therapy service.
Representation: For members who have gone the extra mile to promote awareness about therapies and the importance of high standards, or who represent the FHT on therapy lead bodies, councils and committees.
Last year’s winner for FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year was Joanna Taplin:
With an extensive number of qualifications under her belt and more than 21 years of experience in the beauty therapy industry, Joanna set up her own salon, Sunshine for the Soul, in 2014, after her youngest child started school. It is the first eco beauty salon in Lancashire, where she specialises in providing natural, organic and sustainable beauty, and has been featured in a number of local newspapers. Joanna and her salon were finalists in the 2018 Wyre Business Awards in the Green Business of the Year and Outstanding Woman in Business categories. The salon also supports Love My Beach and Keep Britain Tidy.
In addition to her passion for all things green, Joanna has completed specialist training to equip her with the relevant skills and knowledge to support clients impacted by cancer. One client said in a testimonial: ‘I have to say I felt quite overwhelmed driving home, realising what it was like to be treated like a “normal” woman again, rather than one with breast cancer. You made me feel so comfortable and welcome, and I can’t tell you how refreshing it was that were so unfazed by my mastectomy – so professional.’
Finalists: Alison Day, Fiona Murphy