Dr Mark Chambers
Mark is the lead for the new Faculty of Mind-Body Medicine.
He is a retired GP from Long Melford in Suffolk. He has practised Clinical Hypnosis and Coaching for several years. He is a trainer of Clinical Hypnosis, Mindfulness, NLP, and TFT. In addition he incorporates several other Mind-Body techniques including EMDR, IEMT, EFT, Psy-Tap, Kinetic Shift, OldPain2GO and Reiki into his practice.
Dr.Chambers is joined by Dr Toh and Dr Naveed who sit on the Council of the College. Both Toh and Naveed are practising GPs
The College of Medicine leads a new movement in the UK that is taking healing and health beyond pills and medical procedures. It has spear-headed social prescription, emphasised the power of healing relationships, championed food as medicine and advocated less medicalisation using lifestyle and complementary approaches such as clinical hypnosis. It runs conferences and short residential courses which are open both to clinicians and anyone interested in health and care. Its doors are open, uniquely for a medical college, to all clinicians and members of the public. As part of what the College offers the new faculty will co-badge events presented by like-minded individuals.
Mind–body interventions may include relaxation, mindfulness, imagery, biofeedback, TFT, yoga, meditation, hypnosis, tai chi and trigger point manipulation They may help patients experience healing for their illnesses in new and different ways. Stress, anxiety and depression may be helped by these approaches alongside other ailments, like IBS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fybromyalgia, Myalgic-encephalomyelitis (ME), chronic pain and the emotional and psychological effects of historic trauma.
A fundamental principle of the Mind-Body approach goes right back to the teaching of Hippocrates, the Father of Western Medicine. He said that it is natural forces within us that are the true healers of disease. The job of those attneding the sick is to help them to access these natural forces. Whatever is happening in a person’s life, they have the resources to help themselves, at least to some extent, as they learn to relate to themselves, their illness and their situation in different ways, driven by expectation, hope, motivation and tenacity. There is much we can do to help our patients build up their ability to deal with what is happening in their lives in addition to the appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic interventions of traditional Western Medicine. There is a large and growing evidence-base to support the inclusion of these techniques, many of which predate modern practices by thousands of years, within the repertoire of the modern health and well-being services.
We intend that the Faculty of Mind-Body Medicine will provide a supportive forum where practitioners can share and develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes with like-minded colleagues, and raise awareness of what can be achieved by broadening our horizons. This is becoming increasingly important as we see the mounting toll that the ever- increasing levels of demand and stress are taking on us and our colleagues. Our focus needs to be on raising awareness of the importance of taking care of ourselves and our own psychological and emotional needs to prepare ourselves for the demands of our calling so that we can care for our patients safely and with compassion.
To date the College has collaborated on
Self-care and resilience