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?
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 Jackie Hamilton:
After attending the FHT’s Integrated Healthcare Conference in 2018, Jackie was so inspired by the work of Sir Sam Everington and Dr Michael Dixon that she made it her mission to return home and, along with local therapists, ‘win the hearts’ of health professionals, and drive forward her passion to bring integrated healthcare to Norfolk.
Within a matter of months, Jackie had set up a not-for-profit community project called TherapyAid, with a vision of providing a network of therapists throughout Norfolk to provide free massage, reflexology and other therapies to unpaid carers while paying the therapists for their life-enhancing work. As Jackie commented in a blog: ‘Unpaid carers save the NHS more than £130 billion a year – we think they deserve attention.’
TherapyAid was officially launched in May 2019 at a mini conference in Norfolk called Together We Are Stronger, organised by Jackie. Her key speaker was Norman Lamb MP, who said: ‘What you can offer, as therapists, can be life-changing and – in a way – make life really worth living, so I strongly endorse what you are trying to do through this project.’
Finalists: Rebecca Ayres, Julie Crossman, Emi Howe, Lorraine Millard, Louise Summerscales