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Welcome to The NHS Directory

Welcome to The NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners compiled and managed only for use by NHS healthcare professionals by the NHS Trusts Association, the leading professional association for primary care in the UK.

Information for the public

Though the availability of complementary therapy via the NHS is now beginning to make headlines in the newspapers, it does not necessarily mean that all doctors are willing to prescribe complementary medicine ....more

Information for NHS Doctors and Medical Staff

With growing demand for alternative therapy and the growing number of NHS practices now prepared to offer many forms of alternative therapy as part of their primary care health improvement programmes HIMPS ...more

NOTE…………..see group 2 below….
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Information for the public

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Though the availability of complementary therapy via the NHS is now beginning to make headlines in the newspapers, it does not necessarily mean that all doctors are willing to prescribe complementary medicine, at the end of the day the decision to prescribe is still a matter for clinical judgement of your GP, and even if they are willing, not all Primary Care Trusts presently have funding provisions dedicated to complementary medicine. In some cases, this is simply a question of lack of resources and, in other cases, it is a question of an unwillingness on the part of the Primary Care Trust to provide complementary therapy.

Any member of the public who is encountering difficulties in obtaining complementary therapy via the NHS and who would like to bring this problem to the notice of their Primary Care Trust, should write to the Patient Advice and Liaison Co-ordinator (PAL) at the Primary Care Trust.
The role of PAL is a new one. The PALs have been created to act as an interface between the public and the boards of the Primary Care Trusts responsible for healthcare in their area. If enough members of the public write on the subject, this will help the Boards of the Trusts become more aware of the true level of demand and may lead to funding being made available where hitherto it was not.
It would also be appropriate for members of the public to write to the lay member of their local Primary Care Trust. The lay member is an ordinary member of the public, whose purpose is to represent the local population.
Information on your local Primary Care Trust is available via your GP. Many Trusts also have websites.

Information for Complementary Medicine Practitioners

Clearly there are major benefits in registering with The NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners.

House of Lords Report on complementary medicine

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, sixth report On Complementary Medicine divided Therapies into three separate groups………

Group One embraces what may be called the principal disciplines, two of which, Osteopathy and Chiropractic, are already regulated in their professional activity and education by Acts of Parliament. The others are Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Homeopathy. Their evidence indicated that each of these therapies claim to have an individual diagnostic approach and that these therapies are seen as the 'Big 5' by most of the CAM world.
Group Two contains Therapies which are most often used to complement conventional medicine and do not purport to embrace diagnostic skills. It includes Aromatherapy, The Alexander Technique, Body Work Therapies, including Massage, Counselling, Stress Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Reflexology and probably Shiatsu, Meditation and Healing.

Group Three embraces those other disciplines which purport to offer diagnostic information as well as treatment and which, in general, favour a philosophical approach and are indifferent to the scientific principles of conventional medicine, and through which various and disparate frameworks of disease causation and its management are proposed.