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Developing a complementary therapy unit

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The complementary therapy service at Christie Hospital NHS Trust in Manchester has evolved over the last eight years from one nurse aromatherapist to a team of 32 part-time paid and volunteer practitioners providing treatments to patient, carers and staff.

The complementary therapy service at Christie Hospital NHS Trust in Manchester has evolved over the last eight years from one nurse aromatherapist to a team of 32 part-time paid and volunteer practitioners providing treatments to patient, carers and staff.

Therapies available include massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques.

This award-winning service is involved in a number of service evaluations and research projects (see below).

We have been a participating site for the Hypnochemo Dissemination Project led by Dr Liz Taylor and the Big Lottery 3 Site Evaluation of Complementary Therapies and Cancer Care Project led by Drs Ann Caress and Dai Roberts.

Clinical lead/lecturer Peter Mackereth has completed a study evaluating chair massage for carers and a survey of users and non-users of the staff complementary therapy service, which is in press.

Clinical lead/honorary research fellow Jacqui Stringer has received £40,000 funding and initiated a clinical trial looking at essential oils to combat MRSA.

The team has also taken on smoking cessation advice work with patients, carers and staff combined with acupuncture and hypnotherapy.

Research activities/awards
2005 Peter Mackereth awarded National Public Servant from the Guardian Newspaper. Presented at the Victoria & Albert Museum London
2005 Complementary Therapy Services 'Innovations & Excellence in Long Term Conditions? Regional Award (£1,000)
2005 Complementary Therapy Services 'Innovations & Excellence in Long Term Conditions? Manchester Evening News & the Strategic Health Authority Greater Manchester Award
2004-5 Peter Mackereth awarded RCN Trevor Clay Scholarship (£1,500)
2003 Jacqui Stringer awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship (£5,000) to develop her PhD work
2003-5 Winner of Prince of Wales?s Foundation for Best Practice in Integrated Healthcare Award (£2,500). Project title: Completing the Circle.

Peter Makereth and Jacqui Stringer
peter.mackereth@christie-tr.nwest.nhs.uk
Tel: 0161 446 8236/3524

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