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How increased education on Integrative Medicine is changing the way GPs help patients

Dr Elizabeth Thompson, Academic Director for the Diploma for Integrative Medicine, which launched in Bristol in 2017, explains how the course is helping students develop a critical and enquiring approach to a variety of therapeutic interventions:

The Diploma Development Team were delighted to welcome eight doctors and one nurse to the first year of the new Diploma for Integrative Medicine in Bristol.

Megan Odell from the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Minneapolis, talks Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Portland Centre for Integrative Medicines (PCIM) during a recent seminar focusing on Chronic Pain and Fatigue in February 2018

It’s apparent, from talking to this first cohort, what a clear need the diploma is meeting.

The students highlighted just how much their patients are
benefiting from the array of conventional, lifestyle and holistic approaches.

The Diploma is a blended learning course with face-to-face and online learning with those taking it able to fit study around a busy life.

Most weeks include an online tutorial from an expert in the field of Integrative Medicine and students have been submitting assignments reflecting a fantastic
grasp of holistic consulting in their everyday clinical practice.”

Here’s what some of the student group, which included experienced nurses, doctors and others who have just completed their medical training, told us about the course:

Emmy Oldenbourg, Diploma Student

‘Through example and leadership the tutors are giving us more than just
interesting information, but showing us skills in a new way to engage and with
health healing. It feels unique and very special to be part of.

All of the team from specialist tutors to the core educational team and administrator give above and beyond to make this a really fantastic course.’


  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd February 2018
  • 10th, 11th and 12th May 2018
  • 4th, 5th and 6th October 2018
  • 7th, 8th and 9th February 2019
  • 9th, 10th and 11th May 2019

For more information on the Diploma for Integrative Medicine, visit


Dr Elizabeth Thompson

Chief Executive Officer and Speciality Doctor (Homeopathy)