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General Organisations


Association of Physical and Natural Therapists (APNT)
27 Old Gloucester Street London WC1N 3XX
Tel: 07966 181588

The Association of Physical and Natural Therapists (APNT) is a national Organisation established in 1986 with the aim of representing practitioners of complementary medicine who have reached the requisite standards of training and education. The APNT is a member association of the British Complementary Medicine Association which is acting as a body of associations and schools representing number of alternative and complementary therapies ranging from massage to healing.
The BCMA has published its own code of ethics and APNT members are obliged to abide by this. The association aims to represent its members in educational, professional and political matters. To this end the Association is a member of and plays a very active role in the following professional bodies:
British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA)
Reflexology Therapy Group (formally ROC]
Aromatherapy Organisations Council (AOC)
British Massage Therapy Council (BMTC)

Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)
3rd Floor, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 9FD
Tel: 023 8048 8900 Fax: 023 8048 8970

The Federation of Holistic Therapists is the largest association in the UK, representing over 17,000 professional therapists. Founded in 1962 the FHT is a non-profit making organisation who, by setting industry standards, ensure best practice for Therapists and their clients. No other UK association has influenced the acceptance of Complementary Therapies in the UK more than the FHT. The FHT welcomes applications from therapists in the UK and overseas. FHT representatives sit on all relevant industry forums both in the UK and Europe and are fully involved in raising standards in all disciplines.
All Members of the FHT are strictly bound by a Code of Ethics that contains procedures for dismissal if a Member is found guilty of unprofessional or related misconduct.
The FHT also provides its Members with a Code of Practice that many countries have adopted as the standard for the industry.
Combined under one banner the FHT is the most powerful voice in its field. Through the central office structure we provide the services and have the power of a large organisation and also can focus on the individual demands and objectives of each association.
The Federation is a not-for-profits company limited by guarantee. No. 2864349

The Prince of Waless Foundation for Integrated Health
12 Chillingworth Road, London N7 8QJ
Tel: 020 7619 6140 Fax: 020 7700 8434

The Foundation was formed at the personal initiative of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who is now its President. In October 1997 the Foundation published, on behalf of the steering committee for The Prince of Wales' initiative, a discussion document 'Integrated Healthcare: a Way Forward For The Next Five Years?' The recommendations in this document form the basis for the Foundation's work programme.
Building and developing working relationships with a wide range of other organisations is a key element of the Foundation's strategy for achieving its aims. This is reflected throughout our work programme. With the establishment of a small core team it has been possible to make considerable progress with our objectives.
Our aim is to promote the development and integrated delivery of safe, effective and efficient forms of healthcare, including conventional and complementary medicine, to patients and their families through encouraging greater collaboration between all forms of healthcare. You can support the Foundation's work by joining our Friends scheme. We benefit by having more supporters involved in our work and the funding the Friends scheme brings in will enable us to expand our education information and research programmes which are aimed at achieving practical change. Our work on the regulation of complementary healthcare professionals is supported by a grant from the King's Fund.
Free subscription to the Foundation's quarterly newsletter Integrated Health. Invitations to conferences and events organised by the Foundation where you will have the opportunity to meet other people interested and involved in integrated healthcare. Entry to some of these events will be free of charge to Friends, entry to others will be offered at a Friends discount free annual networking event for Friends only 25% discount on all Foundation publications offered for sale. Copies of free publications, including the Foundation's annual report will automatically be sent to you. Friends badge bearing the Foundation's logo. To become a Friend of the Foundation please contact us.

Institute for Complementary Medicine
PO Box 194, London SE16 7QZ
Tel: 020 7237 5165 Fax: 020 7237 5175

The Institute for Complementary Medicine (ICM) is a registered charity that was formed in 1982 to provide the public with information on Complementary Medicine. The ICM administers the British Register of Complementary Practitioners (BRCP) which is a register of professional, competent practitioners whom have all been assessed individually. The ICM has a sister Charity the British General Council of Complementary Medicine (BGCCM) which was formed to represent the complex profession of Complementary Medicine through elected and appointed representatives.

Guild of Complementary Practitioners
Liddell House, Liddell Close, Findhampstead, Berkshire, RG40 4NS
Tel: 0118 973 5757 Fax: 0118 973 5767

The Guild is the UKs largest multidisciplinary Association in the field of Complementary Medicine. You are assured of a warm welcome when you contact the Guild. Membership of the Guild is open to qualified graduates and practitioners in the field of Complementary Medicine. Please contact us if you wish to join the UK's fastest growing association in Complementary Medicine and take advantage of our excellent professional indemnity insurance scheme.
If you require a practitioner in complementary medicine, our register contains over 5000 therapy listings, with contact details for practitioners near you.
All our therapists are fully trained, carry professional indemnity insurance and are bound by our strict Code of Conduct and subject to our Disciplinary Procedures.

British Complementary Medicine Association
P.O. Box 5122, BH8 0WG
Tel: 0845 345 5977

The British Complementary Medicine Associations most frequently asked question is how can I find a practitioner near me who is qualified? As the largest (20,000 plus practitioner members) the oldest(15 years) organisation representing therapists, we would like to help you find the answer.
So how to choose? Who is, And who is not qualified?BCMA was set up initially and specifically to bring together the disparate groups and to encourage cohesion in order to form Lead Bodies (single therapy regulating organisations).

Complementary Medical Association

The Complementary Medical Association's (CMA) primary aim is to promote ethical, responsible, professional complementary medicine to the public and the medical profession.
We believe that by promoting the CMA and it's members though the media we are able to help the public and doctors to realise that complementary medicine (CM) is - when delivered safely and ethically - a viable and highly desirable form of treatment.
In addition, here at the CMA, we are totally dedicated to representing "the professional face of complementary medicine" and by promoting research, education and knowledge in the field, we will help to stimulate demand for the medicine of the 21st century and beyond.
The CMA is great news for professional practitioners, ethical colleges and patients who demand and expect excellence in every aspect of treatment. The CMA is a not-for-profit organisation and we operate entirely as a charity. A great part of our work consists of referring public and conventional medics alike to CMA registered practitioners so that they can be assured that treatment will be delivered by a highly qualified, insured practitioner who adheres to a strict Code of Ethics and disciplinary procedure. We call this the "CMA Referrals Scheme".