Entries will illustrate how the creative use of sound, light, colour, or new ways of using healthcare space can create surroundings that support personal and communal healing and wellbeing. Applicants are welcome from projects large and small, whether they have developed a radically innovative health centre or a beautiful treatment room. Examples might be a meditation or group-work space, a hospital garden, art room, exercise area or a health library. We would also like to see projects representing healthy workspaces and spaces for wellbeing in the community. Large scale projects could be selected to win the competition prize of £2000, small scale projects the £500 prize.
Nutri Centre General Manager Jonny Mcquarrie commented:
“We are proud to partner with the British Holistic Medical Association in sponsoring their 2008 Good Practice Awards. The approach is innovative, takes into account the different scale of healthspace initiatives and has perfect synergy with our enduring commitment to supporting professional standards in holistic therapies. “
Entrants will be invited to participate in an audio-visual exhibition held on Friday 18 April 2008 at the University of Westminster, London when the winning entries will be selected and the awards made at the evening reception.
This exhibition forms part of the BHMA’s Spring Conference celebrating 25 years of successfully promoting holistic healthcare. It will be held over the 18th and 19th April 2008 and begin by focusing on how the built environment can foster better healthcare. As well as the exhibition, there will be presentations by Dr David Reilly Director of Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital and Dr Sam Everington, the force behind the ground-breaking social renewal and healthcare project at Bromley by Bow. All entrants to the Good Practice Awards will receive free places for up to two delegates at both days of the conference. Entrants’ applications must be received by 31st January 2008.
Professor David Peters, Chair of the BHMA added:
“The complex challenges facing 21st century healthcare demand partnership: between patients and clinicians, between a wide range of practitioners, between public, private and voluntary sectors. We need partnerships that energise creativity and mobilises essential resources for health creation. The BHMA is delighted to be working with such a long established company as The Nutri Centre to promote medicine as if people matter.”
For more information about The Nutri Centre visit www.nutricentre.com.
For more information about the BHMA Good Practice Awards and to download entry forms visit www.bhma.org.
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Nutri Centre Background The original Nutri Centre, founded in 1990 to provide a dispensing service for complementary health practitioners with consulting rooms at the well-known Hale Clinic in London, quickly expanded to deal directly with the public through its busy and informative web site. An inventory of some 22,000 vitamins, minerals, herbal and homeopathic remedies and aromatherapy products, includes both nationally known brands and breakthrough formulations from leading suppliers worldwide.
In addition to some 10,500 practitioner clients throughout the UK, the Nutri Centre now supplies 20,000 mail order customers each month. Demand through retail stores has led to the addition of leading brands of sports nutrition and selected health foods. The Nutri Centre library and bookshop stocks specialist publications on the whole range of alternative therapies and the company gives substantial support to education, training and sponsorship activities among complementary medicine professionals and students.
Nutri Centre retail stores already established include Kensington (London), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Slough, Milton Keynes, Bournemouth, Pitsea (Essex), Horwich (Bolton), Aberdeen and Cheshunt, Hertfordshire (end September). Practitioners can order online at www.nutricentre.com or call 0207 436 5122.
The Practitioner Partnership Programme provides support for nutritionists and complementary therapists, including access to the specialist library and free article searching, special discounts on supplements and books for you and your clients, and special practitioner services such as direct to patient/client mail order.
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Breast Cancer Haven, London – is housed in a former Welsh Presbyterian Chapel in the heart of Fulham, West London which was sensitively renovated to provide an uplifting and healing environment. It comprises six therapy rooms, two group therapy rooms, a kitchen, library and offices. Breast Cancer Haven supports the physical and emotional needs of anyone affected by breast cancer. Staffed by a specialist team, Havens are welcoming day centres offering free support, information and complementary therapies to meet these needs before, during and after
Breast Cancer Haven, London Entrance – shows the front door – designed by the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture – opening into the reception area and leading through into the library and information area. The ceramic Tree of Life on the back wall was also designed by the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture.
Breast Cancer Haven, The Rose Room – Is one of the group therapy rooms of Breast Cancer Haven, London – the stunning stained glass window was designed by the Visual Islamic Traditional Arts Department of the Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture and together with the curved ceiling provides a welcoming and tranquil environment. The Rose Room is used for our Haven Introduction and a variety of groups, classes and workshops held on a regular basis eg: group auricular acupuncture, yoga, stretch & relax, art therapy, Qi Gong, lymphoedema awareness to name but a few. The Rose Window, designed by Simon Trethewey, combines both the planetary movements and the energy fields in the body represented by the petals in the centre of the window, both of which work together to aid spiritual healing.
The Bromley by Bow Centre is a radical approach to integrated health care, with nursery care, training opportunities and a community centre. It has been cited as a model for the future development of community services and healthcare. Bromley-by-Bow is one of the most deprived areas in the country in the UK, with multiple social problems. At the same time, there are great reserves of energy and ability in the local community. The Bromley by Bow Centre is a community organisation which runs a variety of projects in an integrated way -linking health with education and enterprise, for example, or environment with training and family support - to serve as a focus for that energy and ability and so to help regenerate the area. The Health Centre there is pioneering a new approach to healthcare, integrating GPs and other health professionals with community projects.
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