GPs should only signpost to CNHC-registered therapists

GPs should signpost patients seeking complementary therapies towards therapists registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, the DoH has said.

Aromatherapy is a listed therapy with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

The CNHC is a Government-sponsored voluntary registration body for complementary healthcare practitioners, which lists professionals that meet national standards of competence and practice.

It currently lists complementary healthcare professionals in nine disciplines: the Alexander Technique, aromatherapy, bowen therapy, massage therapy, nutritional therapy, reflexology, shiatsu, sports and remedial therapy and yoga therapy

Maggie Dunn, chief executive of CNHC, said: ‘For the first time in the UK GPs and the public who use complementary healthcare can check one central register supported by the DH.

‘They can now be reassured that if they are consulting CNHC registrants they are using practitioners who meet national standards and abide by a rigorous code of conduct.’

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