Complementary therapies can vastly improve quality of life, sleep and pain management in those receiving palliative and end of life care, when often conventional medicine is no longer appropriate or effective. Some therapists will also show the patient’s close friend or relative some gentle techniques, so that they can have a productive and comforting role to play at this crucial time, which can otherwise leave them feeling helpless.
The award for palliative care is about showcasing how therapies are helping people (and the family of people) receiving palliative or end of life care. Entries for this category so far include therapies such as reflexology, Reiki, massage, aromatherapy, Bowen and story massage. So whether you are an individual practitioner or working as part of a bigger team, please get in touch and tell us about your work. Or you might be someone who has experience of how complementary therapies have helped a friend or family member and want to help the practitioner get recognition for their work.
The judges will be looking for outstanding examples of how therapists have made a difference to people and their families and evidence of the following:
1. Clearly thought out project plan or service initiative.
2. Background research and use of evidence, patient stories and case studies
3. Partnership working
4. Outcomes beneficial to patients or clients
5. Relevance and transferability to other settings or services.
You will need to
- Describe your work or project in 50 words
- Tell us more about the background, your aims and objectives and any evidence that shaped your plans (200 words)
- Tell us about how you worked with others, for example NHS, local government or charity colleagues (100 words)
- What were the benefits for your patients or clients? (100 words)
- What are the key messages for others wanting to do something similar? (100 words)