Developed by The British College of Integrated Medicine (www.integratedmedicine.org.uk), and inspired by Dr Andrew Weil's highly successful Integrated Medicine Training Programme based at the University of Arizona in America, this pioneering training programme aims to facilitate the emergence of a new generation of doctors and nurse practitioners who are committed to the practice and philosophy of integrated medicine.
Dr Mark Atkinson, Founder of The British College of Integrated Medicine defines integrated medicine as a proactive, patient-centred, whole-person approach to health, healing and human
flourishing. It involves the co-ordinated and integrated provision of individually tailored health and wellbeing programmes which are designed to:
i) empower the patient to take an active and informed role in their own healing and recovery
ii) address and resolve the underlying barriers to optimum health and healing
iii) provide the knowledge, skills, resources and support so that individuals can take better care of their physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual health.
Rather than limiting treatments and recommendations to a specific specialty, integrated medicine uses the safest and most effective combination of approaches and treatments from
allopathic and complementary medicine. These are selected according to a combination of evidence-based practice, and the expertise, experience and insight of the individuals and team
members caring for the patient
The practice and provision of integrated medicine is well established in the USA, where there are more than 500 trained integrated medical doctors and numerous specialist integrated
medical centres throughout the US. Most medical schools in the USA have integrated medicine incorporated into their curriculum. The focus is now very much on repeating the US in
Europe, and the launch of The British College of Integrated Medicine is very much seen within medical circles as a significant step towards achieving that.
The arrival of the college and its training courses, have been hailed as an important step forward for the medical profession.
"I am delighted to be supporting The British College of Integrated Medicine and their post-graduate training courses", said Professor Karol Sikora - Professor of Cancer Medicine,
Hammersmith Hospital, London. "The integrated medical approach to health and healing combines evidence-based practices, with the expertise, experience and insight of healthcare
practitioners in a way that is designed to provide patients with an individually tailored health and wellbeing programme. It is an empowering and innovative form of medicine that will
have a significant and positive influence in British healthcare in the years to come."
The college also offers one of the world's most comprehensive training programmes in mind-body medicine. This 1 year programme has been designed to provide healthcare
professionals with a high level of training in an eclectic mix of psychological and emotional skills and techniques for facilitating health, healing and personal growth.
Full details about the college and all courses and workshops can be found by visiting www.integratedmedicine.org.uk
Dr Mark Atkinson is the founder of the British College of Integrated Medicine, Chairman of The British Society of Integrated Medicine and Author of The Mind-Body Bible. He is available for interviews and enquiries.
Telephone: 0845 0945452
Personal Website: www.drmarkatkinson.com
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