Winners of Complementary Therapy Awards announced

The winners of the inaugural Complementary Therapy Awards have been revealed.

The awards, which took place in London on 18th October, aimed to celebrate practitioners, teams and advocates who enhance the health and wellbeing of others through a variety of initiatives that focus on an integrated approach to patient-centred care.

Serving as the platinum sponsor of the awards, the FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) worked closely with organisers, Chamberlain Dunn, throughout the development and promotion of the event, offering guidance on the various awards categories, supporting the judging process and presenting their exclusive FHT Award for Complementary Therapy Research on the day. 

“The FHT has been at the forefront of promoting high standards in therapy training and practice for more than 50 years, which is why we were extremely proud to support these new awards,” says Christopher Byrne, President of the FHT. “The Complementary Therapy Awards will help to bring further recognition to the important role that professional therapists play in not just supporting the public, but also the integrated healthcare agenda as a whole."

The winners of the Complementary Therapy Awards can be found below:

Overall Winner
Angie Buxton-King (Director, Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust) 
‘Integrating healing into hospitals and hospices'

The Award for Prevention and Self-Care
Roberta Meldurm (Director, The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living) 
‘Positive Movement – a wellbeing programme for older people' 

The Award for Cancer Care
Angie Buxton-King (Director, Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust)
‘Integrating healing into hospitals and hospices'

The Award for Palliative Care
Elaine Cooper (Clinical Lead Specialist Complementary Therapies) and Rachel Clark 
Lead Complementary Therapist Palliative Care), Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust 
‘25 years – Complementary therapies in NHS palliative care'

The FHT Award for Complementary Therapy Research
Nicola Brough (Clinic Director, Torus Wellbeing Clinic) and Sarah Stewart-Brown (Professor and Chair of Public Health, University of Warwick)
‘Development and validation of the Warwick Holistic Health Questionnaire (WHHQ): assessing changes in health and wellbeing of Craniosacral Therapy/CAM users'

The Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Naji Malak (Co-founder and CEO, Stand Easy Military Support)
‘Stand Easy Military Support'
Special mention: Nicolle Mitchell, Holistic Massage Practitioner, FHT Member and FHT Accredited Training Provider – Massage for dementia

The Award for Pain Management, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
Gina Reinge (Sports Therapist, The Reinge Clinic)
‘Adhesive arachnoiditis case study'

The Award for Furthering Integrated Healthcare
Gwyn Featonby (Education Lead and FHT Accredited Course Provider) and Julie Crossman (Complementary Therapy Lead and FHT Member), NHS Natural Health School
‘Harrogate Hospital NHS complementary therapies in cancer service'