Bulletin: February 2014
How GHR Registrants are at the Forefront of Promoting Hypnotherapy Standards
It will come as no surprise to you that GHR practitioners are keen to promote standards. Many GHR hypnotherapists are signed up to the voluntary regulator, the CNHC, and some are playing a key part in the organisation’s move to raise awareness of standards.
The CNHC was set up with government support to enhance public protection and has been working with CNHC registered practitioners around the UK to draw attention to its public register. The CNHC’s register opened to hypnotherapy in December 2010 and since then around 1,500 hypnotherapists have signed up and now form the largest group of practitioners on the register.
CNHC’s Chief Executive Margaret Coats commented: “Public safety is essential. Unfortunately it is still the case that anyone can do a weekend or distance learning course and set themselves up as a practitioner. So we are delighted that so many hypnotherapists have chosen to show their commitment to standards by coming onto our public register.”
As readers will be aware, last year the CNHC was also approved as the holder of an Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). This means that all practitioners on the CNHC’s register can say they are on an ‘Accredited Voluntary Register’ and can use the CNHC’s revised quality mark. However, accreditation does not change the status of the CNHC. The PSA is not a regulator and being approved as the holder of an AVR does not make an organisation a regulator. The CNHC is, of course, already a regulator and so this accreditation adds another dimension by demonstrating that it has met the PSA’s standards and is open to scrutiny.
GHR practitioners lead the way for CNHC awareness-raising
CNHC has been working with a number of its registrants as ‘Local Champions’ around the UK to raise public awareness. Over one fifth of these practitioners are also with GHR.
GHR practitioner James Stobbart who has been involved with the Local Champions initiative since it started in 2012 says: “I think the message is starting to filter through to the general public regarding the merits of seeing a CNHC registered therapist. I recently had a client in for help with stopping smoking. I asked him where he found my practice, and he said that it was via an internet search but the clincher was my CNHC registration.”
James added: “As a practising Hypnotherapist I find it re-assuring for both the public and medical profession that they can feel secure in finding a well qualified practitioner who is listed by the GHR and properly regulated by the CNHC.”
John Hutchings, another GHR hypnotherapist who is promoting the CNHC agrees: ” For far too many years, and often at a time when they should least need to have to worry about it, the public have had to be so careful when selecting a therapist as so many complementary therapies lack robust regulation. Whilst membership of a therapist’s own professional register remains important, registration with the CNHC provides an extra layer of regulation and, most importantly, protection to the public”.
Local Champion and GHR member Shauna Naylor added: “I believe that having CNHC registration with my GHR membership gives an added level of benefit. I’ve been encouraging other therapists to join the CNHC in addition to their membership body, because it says to everybody “I care about clients receiving a genuine, accredited professional service.” That’s what the CNHC registration provides in a marketplace that sadly has its fair share of charlatans marketing at real people that we can genuinely help.”
Other GHR practitioners working with the CNHC to raise awareness include Jane Giddings who was one of the first to register, Mo Ferrington who was recently involved in CNHC’s first meeting of Local Champions in Scotland and Stephen Truelove who is based in Wales.
GHR practitioner Ruth Farrow has also been gaining recognition as a result of her CNHC registration. Ruth has recently been commissioned to provide her services across five GP surgeries in her local Clinical Commissioning Group. All patients are referred from doctors or nurses at the surgeries and Ruth sees people with a range of symptoms including anxiety, sleep problems, migraines, weight issues and those dealing with bereavement.
Ruth’s CNHC registration played a key part in securing this work and she says: “I am so grateful for my CNHC registration which has enabled me to have a much stronger emphasis on the therapy I deliver and provide assurance of my standards to these service providers. For me, being part of CNHC is like putting your lights on when it’s dark so you can see where you are going.”
The GHR is a designated Verifying Organisation (VO) within the CNHC and all GHR members registered at Practitioner status or above are eligible for fast track registration within it. For further details about CNHC registration, you may view their latest leaflet from here: CNHC Registration – What’s in it for you?
The MYMOP Evaluation Tool
The Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile, or MYMOP as it is commonly known, is an evaluation tool developed by Dr Charlotte Paterson. It is widely used by healthcare practitioners including complementary therapists and takes the form of a simple questionnaire completed by the patient or client. It is used to measure changes in the patient’s experience of a number of symptoms which they identify at the beginning of a series of treatments. Symptoms can be physical, emotional or social.
It is a useful way to gather data about treatment outcomes and we strongly encourage practitioners to use MYMOP where possible to continue to build the evidence base for complementary therapies.
MYMOP aims to measure the outcomes that the patient considers the most important.
On the first occasion the questionnaire is completed within the consultation, or with some confidential help. The patient chooses one or two symptoms that they are seeking help with, and that they consider to be the most important. They also choose an activity of daily living that is limited or prevented by this problem. These choices are written down in the patient’s own words and the patient scores them for severity over the past week on a seven-point scale. Lastly wellbeing is scored on a similar scale. On follow-up questionnaires the wording of the previously chosen items is unchanged, and follow-up questionnaires may be administered by post if required.
The latest version of the MYMOP questionnaire (initial form, follow up form), and instructions for its administration and scoring, are also available free of charge at http://bris.ac.uk. Please ensure that should you decide to utilise MYMOP in your practice that you read these instructions. Also note that the layout and wording of MYMOP should not be changed (see FAQ).
Several published studies have shown that MYMOP is practical, reliable and sensitive to change. These studies have involved patients who have received treatment from both orthodox and complementary practitioners for a range of problems. Validation studies, especially those using qualitative methods, have helped to define the strengths and weaknesses of MYMOP, which are useful when considering if it is an appropriate tool for the job. In addition to the published studies, MYMOP has been used in a large number of smaller evaluation studies, and advice given over the years to these students and researchers is summarised on this site as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
If you decide to use MYMOP in audit, evaluation or research studies, big or small, please first register as a user.
Cancer Hypnosis Manual
Martina McKeough is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and GHR member who is offering all GHR members a unique opportunity to purchase a cancer hypnosis manual for a small fee which will go to charity –Cherry Lodge Cancer Care (https://www.cherrylodgecancercare.org.uk/) in Barnet. Martina has specialised experience in cancer hypnosis as she worked with Cherry Lodge for nearly two years offering her hypnotherapy services for free to its members.
Martina and her cancer course are unique because she is also an ovarian cancer survivor which means she understands the disease from both the patient and therapist’s perspective. Her cancer course aims to give hypnotherapists an understanding of how the disease works and the kinds of issues that hypnotherapists may come across when working in this area. In particular the manual discusses:
Cancer Overview / Types / How it develops / Metastasis / Grading and Staging / Statistics and Prognosis
The Cancer Act / Treatments / Side Effects / Anxiety / Depression / Fears and Phobias / Stress and Cancer / Pain Techniques / Fatigue / Weight Gain and Loss / Nausea and Anticipatory Nausea / Sleep / Emotional Issues / Money / Sex and Fertility / Hair Loss / Clinical Trials / Cancer as a Chronic Illness / Psychoneuroimmunology / Alternative Treatments / Palliative Care / End of Life
The course is being offered for a fee of £50 which will be donated to Cherry Lodge, who offer cancer support, information and complementary therapies at their centre in Barnet all free of charge.
If you are interested in receiving this manual please contact Martina by email firstname.lastname@example.org. She will ask you to sign up to her newsletter and to pay your donation through the page she has set up on the Just Giving website so that all funds go directly to the charity https://www.justgiving.com/Martina-McKeough. Once this has been done you will be sent the manual by email in a PDF document.
REMINDER: CPD Listing Service
The weekly Hypnotherapy CPD E-bulletin is restricted to courses directly relevant to hypnotherapy. However, you are able to access CPD courses relevant to other therapies (which the majority of practitioners feel are beneficial to their overall service to clients) in these ways:
i) Links at the top & bottom of the Hypnotherapy CPD E-bulletin will take you to CPD for Therapists website www.cpd4therapists.com, which lists CPD relevant to many therapies, divided into specific therapeutic approach/modality
ii) Link Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses Listing half way down the GHSC & GHR website homepage at www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com
There are also Sign up to our CPD E-bulletin links on both the CPD for Therapists Website and the Hypnotherapy CPD E-bulletin that will allow you to sign up to two separate E-bulletins:
i) ‘CPD E-bulletin (Hypnotherapy)‘ (N.B. You have already been signed up to the Hypnotherapy CPD E-bulletin unless otherwise requested)
ii) ‘CPD E-bulletin (All Therapies)‘
How to feature your CPD course/s:
If you would like to feature your CPD course/s relevant to Hypnotherapy or other therapies on the CPD for Therapists Website and in the weekly CPD E-bulletins, please contact email@example.com
or firstname.lastname@example.org for the full terms and conditions.
REMINDER: Regional Hypnotherapy Directory Pages
Following the successful launch of our new website and in line with our commitment to further consolidate our online presence, we are pleased to announce the next stage of the site’s development.
Regional Hypnotherapy Directory Pages have now been launched to increase our Google and other major search engine rankings via geographical search terms – increasing our presence on the web and ultimately helping to provide you with more referrals.
To encourage the successful ranking of these new county/town/city directory pages we now ask you to share the pages that you are listed on via YOUR social media. Simply follow the below process:
1. Go to the Regional Hypnotherapy Directory at: https://www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com/regional-hypnotherapy-directory/
2. Search for the county/town/city that you should be listed under
3. Click on the county/town/city – you will then be taken to pages listing therapists who practise in that location, which should include you
4. Share these pages’ URLs via YOUR social media
If you administer a GHSC Affiliated Training School simply go the Regional Hypnotherapy Training Course Directory at: https://www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com/regional-training-course-directory/ and follow the same process as above.
You may also share this e-bulletin via YOUR social media (see social share links above, top left corner of this e-bulletin).
REMINDER: Enhanced GHR Website Directory Profiles
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you about the newly launched Enhanced Directory Profiles, which are available on the GHSC/GHR website.
To view an example Enhanced Directory Profile page click here
If you would like to apply for an Enhanced Directory Profile page please click here
(N.B. A Training School Enhanced Directory Profile has also been created for training providers. Toapply please click here).
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