BACKGROUND / DIRECTORY AIMS
Interest in the provision of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)becoming available on the NHS has increased dramatically in recent years
. In1993 the British Medical Association (BMA) overturned its previous ruling andsuggested that complementary medicine now had a role to play in primary healthcare
, and recent research
identified that over 58% of Primary Care Groups (PCGs)offered some form of provision for CAM.However, despite this recent increased uptake, there is still much confusion overthe regulation and efficacy of CAM. Therefore this directory aims to:1.Highlight those CAM therapies that are regulated and have a proven scientificbackground.
Implement one of the recommendations suggested in the report by theDepartment of Health,
that “individual PCGs might consider compiling a localdirectory of therapists with recognised qualifications” – thus encouraging localuptake of CAM provision on the NHS.
STRUCTURE OF REPORT
This directory acknowledges the recent report by the House of Lords SelectCommittee on Science and Technology (2000) on CAM
, and has grouped thetherapies in this directory according to the structure outlined in the report:
Group 1 Therapies:
Those therapies the committee thought were ‘professionallyorganised disciplines with their own diagnostic approach. They have some scientificevidence of effectiveness and recognised systems of training for practitioners’.
Group 2 Therapies:
Those therapies the committee thought ‘lacked a firmscientific basis and are not regulated to protect the public, but which give help andcomfort to many people’.
Group 3 Therapies:
The alternative disciplines the committee thought ‘offereddiagnostic information, as well as treatment, but for which the Committee did notfind convincing evidence of efficacy’. This group was sub-divided into thosetherapies with long established and traditional disciplines with very specificphilosophies, and all other therapies.The complementary therapies available in Bedford are listed alphabetically undereach of the above groups, on a page per therapy format, and the followinginformation is given for each therapy:
A list of regulating associations/governing bodies (with their correspondingregister) of local CAM practitioners in private practice
Local NHS provision via GP referralNote: Group 1 therapies hold additional information on training and usage.
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