Alternative therapies have been often considered some kind of a hoax and the traditional medicine often underlined that there is no such thing as established credits for those practicing them.
The Federation of Holistic Therapists’ has been accredited as a new, independent body under the Department of Health. Patients can now have complete confidence in the Federation of Holistic Therapists voluntary register which was given approval by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
The complementary medicine practitioners registered under the Federation of Holistic Therapists will be able to display the new quality mark of approval in their place of work to certify the fact that they meet the Professional Standards Authority’s rules of functioning. Promotional leaflets and other items will also be able to contain the mark and to show the public that a therapist does comply with the national standard of practice in its domain of holistic medicine.
This accreditation is expected to rise the patients confidence in holistic therapists and help the advancement of integrated healthcare. The increased visibility of the holistic therapists through public and private healthcare will also help raise awareness on the benefits of complementary therapies for patients with chronic illnesses. This way people will be more prone to visit a holistic therapist and take up a healthier lifestyle. As everyone knows, a little change on your diet or other daily activities can have great influence upon preventing diseases.
Better Visibility to the Public
The Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority added that “Bringing complementary therapists into a broad framework of assurance is good for patients and the public and it is the best way to promote quality “. He also stated that complementary therapists now have the chance to demonstrate their specialization’s importance and to convince people to take into consideration alternative therapies.
What are the Changes for the Federation of Holistic Therapists?
The Professional Standards Authority will not assess the individuals’ merits on the register as this will remain the responsibility of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, as it was before. People will not be forced to choose alternative therapists instead of traditional medicine, but they will have more options to choose from and decide which one fits them best.
The accreditation means that Federation of Holistic Therapists’ register meets Professional Standards Authority’s standards in governance, education, training, management, complaints and information.