April 2008 Newsletter

April 2008 Newsletter

9th April 2008 in

e-mail: fozzy@fosterclinic.co.uk

Enclosed Document:

There is an enclosure with this newsletter that requires your attention. It is a simple ‘replacement’ page for your LCSP Register Handbook relating to ‘Fees and Subscriptions 2008/9’ so please exchange this page to keep your handbook current.

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council:

After what seems like an age of reporting to you that National recognition of massage therapy and a National Register for massage therapists would be coming, it is all but here and now. The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) had an official launch at Westminster on 31st March. This regulatory body is being seen as the equivalent of the HPC for CAM therapies. Whilst I accept that over the years there have been many, so called ‘steering committees’ and ‘umbrella organisations’ promising much for therapies and therapists alike which have all come to nought. This organisation (CNHC) we believe is different, and the main and significant reason it is so different is that it is being directly funded by the Govt, via the Dept of Health. Some members may indeed have noticed that there have been placed by the DOH advertisements in several broadsheets for the position of Chief Executive.
The Govt is aware of both the public interest and demand for alternative healthcare within the NHS. We know trials have been conducted, including massage, via selected PCT’s and GP surgerys’ in different parts of the Country and when the opportunity comes for direct referral of patients for massage therapy this organisation will be seen as the benchmark for acceptable practitioners.

LCSP Register Logo:

Members will probably have noticed that the logo of the Register has been updated. This process has taken some considerable time and effort, and has been done in a sympathetic way to modernise the image whilst embracing the concept of ‘touch’ which is fundamental to our profession and work.
A copy of the logo is available via the website in the ‘forms’ section or similarly requests via e-mail to myself or the admin office will provide a copy.

Regional Meetings:

The inaugural meeting held in East Anglia was well received with all the attending members considering it to be a worthwhile event on several different levels. The information received regarding insurance and CPD was both relevant and pertinent to our work, the presence of senior Council officials enabled members to raise other issues and questions and receive direct face to face replies, and finally the free buffet was an ideal opportunity for members in the same geographic location to meet and exchange ideas and develop professional relationships.
Whilst this issue of the newsletter was being printed a Regional meeting was held in Cork, Eire on the 4th April, a report on this will be in the July edition.
Date for your diary is Friday 11th July; this will be a similar meeting in Bournemouth, between 7.00 and 10.00pm. We look forward to welcoming and meeting as many of you as possible and don’t forget that these meetings qualify for your CPD hours

Promotion and Marketing Opportunities 2008:

To aid members in the possible promotion of their services, we are indebted to Jo Lade who has researched the dates of relevant awareness days and weeks that may be of interest to practitioners who can then decide to tailor any promotion or publicity material to a particular event or specialisation. If any other members have similar dates then please communicate them to me and I can update everybody accordingly.

April 12-18th  Arthritis Care Awareness Week   www.arthritiscare.org.uk
May 6th  World Asthma Day                               www.asthma.org.uk
w/c May 12th ME Awareness Week                    www.afme.org.uk
May 12th  Fibromyalgia Awareness Day             www.fibromyalgia-associationuk.org
May 16th  Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day  www.spinal.co.uk
June 9-15th  National Men’s Health Week          www.menshealthforum.org.uk
June 24th  National Falls Awareness Day            www.helptheaged.org.uk/fallsday
Sept 7-13th  Migraine Awareness Week              www.migraine.org.uk
Oct 4-10th  Backcare Awareness Week               www.backcare.org.uk

LCSP Register T-Shirts:

These are now available in 3 colours (white, navy and purple) and in a complete range of sizes, there is also a ladies tailored range as well as unisex shirts. All shirts include Logo and choice of lettering on sleeve between; www.lcsp.uk.com, Orthopaedic Massage, or Remedial Massage Therapy.
These shirts are available for only £16.00 plus P&P (approx £3, less for more shirts).
An ideal promotional item for under £20, and tax deductible too!
For more details and orders contact Sue Kneebone on 01249 730379 or  e-mail atsusan@eakneebone.freeserve.co.uk

Annual General Meeting:

Members will be receiving shortly under separate cover, the LCSP Register Annual Reports, Accounts and proxy voting form for the AGM which is to be held at the Tickled Trout Hotel, New Preston Road, Preston, Lancs. PR5 0UJ, at 1300 on 16th May 2008.
Members should be aware that this is to be just a formal AGM meeting with no additional business planned. This is to comply fully with our obligations under Company Law.
Members are entitled to attend if they so wish, and if that is your intention would you please let the admin office know, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.


It is with great sadness that we report the death of Grace Halliday in Australia.
Grace had for very many years been closely linked with the LCSP Register and had presented many times here in the UK her particular treatment protocols and her lifetime research into Lymphatic drainage. Nothing deterred Grace in her quest to better understand her subject and bring this knowledge to the wider arena, even in the latter years having to resort to trusted colleagues to actually present her work to audiences due to her hearing loss and failing health. Grace was the most committed and determined individual who devoted her life to the understanding of this subject and applying her knowledge in the sometimes controversial treatment of cancer conditions. The irony is that it was this very condition that claimed Grace at a nursing home on 9th March.
Our thoughts go to her daughters Wendy and Kay and son John, family and friends as we mourn the passing of a ‘one off’ individual who touched so many lives around the world.

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