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Complementary medicine roundup June 2018

EUROCAM INTERNATIONAL SURVEY ON UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTIONS (URTIs)

The survey is a part of the project “Appropriate use of antibiotics: the role of CAM treatment strategies,” funded by the Joint Programme Initiative for AntiMicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR):

‘…The results of the survey and the systematic review of CAM treatment of URTIs will be presented at a conference in Brussels, organised by EUROCAM on 6 June 2018. This conference will be a unique opportunity for the community of CAM health professionals to demonstrate that CAM has a lot to offer in reducing the problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). For instance, the discussion with Dr Dominique Monnet, the Head of the Antimicrobial Resistance & Healthcare-Associated Infections Programme of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) at the conference will be crucial. The conference will be a milestone activity in a more long-term strategy to incorporate CAM into the AMR policy…’ [Source: https://facultyofhomeopathy.org/second-update-international-survey-urtis/].

INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE: 6th to 8th JULY 2018, LONDON: GLOBAL PATIENT CARE – RESTORING HEALTH NATURALLY 

The ICNM invites you to register for its 5th annual Conference which unites Natural Medicine Experts and Academic Institutions from over 55 countries. The congress describes the goal of the Conference as:

‘…to present each year an educational and networking event including 3 days of powerful talks, top speakers, clinical studies, research and latest developments…’

 

FEDERATION OF HOLISTIC THERAPISTS (FHT) 2018 EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The FHT has announced that its prestigious 2018 FHT Excellence Awards are now open for entry to those helping to make a difference in therapy education and practice. Finalists will be published on the FHT website in early July and the winners announced at a special FHT Conference, held at The King’s Fund, London, on 29 November, 2018. Top tips for entering the awards are available on the FHT website. Entries close on 30th June 2018.

COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY AWARDS 2018: THE FHT AND THE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE (& OTHERS)

In addition to running its own Excellence Awards, the FHT is delighted to be the platinum sponsor of the all-new Complementary Therapy Awards, now also open for entries.

The College of Medicine is also supporting these awards, which have been organised by the specialist design and communications agency Chamberlain Dunn. It is anticipated that Dr Michael Dixon, among others, will take part in radio interviews to promote the awards.

Categories for these awards include prevention and self-care; cancer and palliative care; mental health and wellbeing; pain management, injury prevention and rehabilitation; furthering integrated healthcare; and research. The closing date for entries is the 3rd September (with free entry up until 2nd July) and winners will be announced at a special ceremony in London in October.

 

HEALTH + CARE EVENT: 27TH to 28TH JUNE 2018

This event, to be held at ExCel in London, is described on its website as:

Europe’s largest integrated health and social care event, building relationships between commissioners, providers and suppliers…[with] a platform for more than 10,000 senior health and social care professionals to come together…[and as having the aim of helping] those responsible for turning ambitious plans into action to secure the future of health and care in the UK for generations to come…’ 

CAM organisations could attend as exhibitors and practitioners to investigate opportunities relevant to their practice.

 

THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR)

By the time you read this the GDPR, referred to in my March 2018 blog, will be in force. Here is a link to the Health Sector Resources posted by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

 

I conclude with a mention of the sobering article written by Dr Michael Dixon, Chair of the College of Medicine, and published in Pulse Magazine on 07.12.17.

CAM practitioners already contribute significantly to the NHS primary care sector, including in some GP practices, and could make an even greater contribution if NHS policy permitted, about which please refer to the section of my December blog: NHS ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS SHOULD INCLUDE CAM PROFESSIONS.

Dr Dixon opens his article with the following warning:

‘…If we continue as we are, general practice has no future. This is not a political statement blaming any politicians or organisations but a naked practical truth. Within five years, the family doctor providing personal and continuing care, will be gone – it’s happening already…’

and he concludes:

‘…If we want to save general practice then it is now or never – now time for patients and media, clinicians and managers, health leaders and politicians to become angry and difficult. Because if we fail general practice then we fail our patients. We fail our communities. We fail the NHS and the NHS itself will ultimately fail…’

I believe that CAM practitioners and their patients, regulators and professional organisations should heed Dr Dixon’s warning and combine to have their voice heard in support of GP practices.

CAM practitioners and General Practitioners (GPs) need to stand together if they are to practise and to develop integrated medicine and healthcare.

This returns me to the topic that I raised at the outset: the urgent need for an effective CAM Lobby Group to argue, among other things, for the availability of CAM within the NHS and in the interests of UK public health and social care.