Teresa’s journey to get a complementary therapy service funded by her local CCG

Teresa Meekings, a post graduate of Richdales Institute, writes about her journey in getting a complementary therapy service funded by her local CCG (NHS – Clinical Commissioning Group). The article was first published on the CNHC blog.

Read the Artidle here: https://www.cnhc.org.uk/blog

You may remember that Teresa coordinated a Reflexology and Massage treatment session for the volunteers and workers who were working in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy – https://richdales.co.uk/london-graduates/grenfell-volunteers-great-job/

In the article, Teresa writes about how she demonstrated the value and savings for the NHS commissioners (the service saved the NHS three and half times what is cost) using simple tools such as the Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing (MYCAW) and Patient Activation Measures (PAM).  You can read more about these questionnaires here –

MYCAW: http://www.bris.ac.uk/primaryhealthcare/resources/mymop/sisters/

PAM: https://www.insigniahealth.com/products/pam-survey & https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/insignia/PAM-Fact-Sheet-20180212.pdf?mtime=20180308103715

More of this type of research is needed to show the beneficial effects and Massage, Reflexology and Aromatherapy and how they are most cost effective than conventional treatments in certain areas.

There is change taking place within the NHS and social prescribing is now being developed widely across the NHS.  Teresa gives you her tips in getting involved and what you need to do to get your Complementary Medicine service funded by the NHS.