The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and The National Hypnotherapy Society (HS) are working together to ensure standards of practice for Hypnotherapy are maintained and improved. The key difference in our roles is that CNHC was established with government support to act in the interests of the public, while the HS is there to act in the interests of our members and those of the profession, and to provide support and services. The HS encourages its members to register with CNHC – and CNHC encourages all of its registrants to be members of a professional association. It really isn’t a question of choosing between us.
Here are some of the professional advantages of CNHC registration.
- CNHC’s Register is approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). “Both the Government and the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) recommend that when a patient or service user chooses to visit a health or care practitioner who is unregulated, only those on an accredited register are consulted”. (Jane Ellison MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, November 2015).
- NHS Employers, the organisation that works on behalf of leaders and HR professionals in the NHS, has updated its website to include information about Accredited Registers. The website encourages NHS employers to signpost recruiting managers to the Accredited Registers and to include details in job descriptions and person specifications for relevant roles.
- Following a suggestion made by CNHC, the General Medical Council (GMC) has amended its referral guidance to make clear that doctors can refer patients to practitioners on a PSA Accredited Register.
- The report ‘Untapped Resources: Accredited Registers in the Wider Workforce’, published in October 2017 by the Royal Society for Public Health, highlighted that “Practitioners registered with CNHC support public health by encouraging their clients to make a range of lifestyle changes. These include improvements to diet and nutrition, support with giving up smoking and losing weight, support with reducing stress, improving sleep, managing pain and other symptoms, as well as overall enhancements to wellbeing. All CNHC registrants are committed to enhancing the UK public’s health and wellbeing.”
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