From the President

From the President

2010-07-29T17:43:47+00:000000004731201007 in Noticeboard

Advertising on the GCMT website

At last all the discussions and decisions have been made and advertising is now allowed on the GCMT website.  But not just any old advertising.  GCMT has raised the standards across massage and it is this level and above GCMT is advertising.

GCMT has had 500,000 hits in the last six months and a search for the following categories brings GCMT up on page 1 of Google!

  • Massage Therapy
  • Massage Therapy training
  • Massage Regulation
  • Massage Standards
  • Massage Therapy Olympics
  • Massage Therapy volunteer
  • Sports massage standards

Most visited pages?

  • Education (training and schools)
  • Professional Associations
  • Standards
  • Work of the Council
  • FAQs

So GCMT is getting it right and the website is clearly being accessed by considerable numbers of the public in their desire to know more about our therapy and its practitioners.

What are the standards required?

The GCMT standard is required, as a minimum level. www.gcmt.org.uk/standards1.asp
LCSP Register members generally exceed the minimum requirement of GCMT, and in the light of this GCMT would like to invite you to list yourself, and the services you offer on the governing body website. www.gcmt.org.uk/practitioners.asp .

Schools are also being invited to list training courses and CPD events.

GCMT have come to realise that students and massage therapists alike often want to do some voluntary work, whether for case studies or additional experience or even just because they can.  GCMT is just beginning to look into this and currently there is a notice in the Education section of the website.

GCMT is a not for profit organisation and this means the listing fees are very competitive.

  • Practitioners (GCMT member professional associations and/or CNHC)
  •  one off set up fee of £15, plus £15 per annum

GCMT aims to provide good standard and up to date information to the therapist and the public, become the “One Stop Shop” for Massage Therapy.

To take advantage of this advertising and promotional opportunity contact the GCMT direct at www.gcmt@btconnect.com

PS, there is a 20% discount for all applications received, by 31/8/10.

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

London 2012’s official Games-time Volunteer Programme will launch this summer. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) will recruit volunteers from across the UK.
Volunteer roles:  There will be two kinds of Games delivery volunteer – specialist and generalist.
Specialist volunteers – will have specific existing skills or qualifications that are needed for them to complete the role, for example, sport or medical training.
Generalist volunteers – will not need any special skills or qualifications and will receive all the necessary training. They might be given roles in areas such as spectator services, Olympic and Paralympic Village operations or uniform distribution.
Specialist opportunities in Medical Services include Sports Massage Practitioners.
Working within their scope of practice, Sports Massage Practitioners will use their knowledge, skills and experience to provide sports massage services to athletes, both before and after competition. Sports massage volunteers must understand the importance of working within a multidisciplinary team and refer to other members of the medical team when necessary. The team will include chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists.
Depending on the sport and venue, volunteers may be based in the Athlete Medical Centre or on the field of play.
Who can volunteer?
LOCOG aims to recruit volunteers who will bring passion, enthusiasm and energy to the Games. In addition, volunteers must:

  • Be 18 years old by 1st January 2012;
  • Be available to volunteer for a minimum of 10 days at either, or both, of the Games;
  • Be eligible to volunteer in the UK according to UK immigration laws;
  • Be able to attend a minimum of three training sessions prior to the games;
  • Agree to undergo, and pass certain security and background checks.

Applicants for specialist sport volunteer roles must also be available for the Test Event in their chosen sport.

Sports Massage Practitioners must also:

  • Be certified to the Qualifications and Credit Framework in Sports Massage Level 4 or equivalent or have worked full time in elite or professional sport for a minimum of two years at the time of application (2010);
  • Have suitable professional liability insurance to a minimum of £2 million;
  • Have been qualified for at least three years at the time of application (2010);
  • Hold a current basic first aid in sport or life support qualification;
  • Be an excellent team worker and good communicator;
  • Have knowledge of the World Anti-Doping Agency policy – for more information visit www.ukad.org.uk

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering as a Sports Massage Practitioner, and you meet the above criteria, you can register your interest now. E mail your CV and a 100 word expression of interest to physicaltherapies@london2012.com
Every applicant will be expected to go through the full LOCOG recruitment process, which will include completing an application form and attending selection and training events.
Further information can be obtained from physicaltherapies@london2012.com
For more general information on the Games-time Volunteer Programme and details of other ways to volunteer in your local community visit: www.london2012.com/volunteering

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