Have you helped a client get their life back on track?
Has an inspirational colleague really raised the bar in therapy excellence?
Do you work as part of a team that supports people with a chronic or life-limiting condition, providing much-needed treatments to them, their families and carers?
Perhaps you set up an innovative and sustainable healthcare model that leads the way in allowing patients access to first class therapeutic support?
Maybe you have helped a client overcome debilitating body image issues and witnessed profound changes in their confidence and sense of self-worth?
Have you, or someone you know, developed an inventive method of providing excellent remote support during the pandemic?
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.
Entries open on 23 April and close on 30 June.
Last year’s winner for FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year was Mary Atkinson:
In 2013, Mary co-founded the Story Massage Programme, which is based on ten massage strokes used to illustrate the words of a story. As we entered the first lockdown, Mary immediately looked to find a way to continue sharing this simple form of nurturing touch with as many people as possible. She produced a free booklet of 36 new massage stories and was overwhelmed by the initial response from over 2,000 people in schools, family homes and community groups. A teacher then approached her about starting live Facebook, Instagram and You Tube sessions, and so Mary and her trusty teddy, Emmanuel, took to the screen on a regular basis, to share different follow-along massage stories. For many, and especially those with children with profound and multiple learning difficulties, her live sessions provided a focus for the week, bringing them connection, fun and relaxation in an uncertain world.
Finalists: Malminder Gill, Sal Hanvey, Andrea Lambell, Joy Shaw and Alexandra Skanderowicz