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Directory of Access to Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Bedford area

Directory of Access to Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Bedford area

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Please note that the B.I.H. Group does not accept any liability for any outcome of the above advice, nor liability for the practice of any practitioner in the register or their association/governing body's information given to the enquiring person.
Please note that the B.I.H. Group does not accept any liability for any outcome of the above advice, nor liability for the practice of any practitioner in the register or their association/governing body's information given to the enquiring person.

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Directory of Access toComplementary andAlternative Medicinein the
Bedford
area
Vicki Manners, BSC (Hons) Ost, DO, BA (Hons).Produced by the Bedfordshire Integrated Health Group
 
BACKGROUND / DIRECTORY AIMS 
Interest in the provision of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)becoming available on the NHS has increased dramatically in recent years
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. In1993 the British Medical Association (BMA) overturned its previous ruling andsuggested that complementary medicine now had a role to play in primary healthcare
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, and recent research
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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.
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Implement one of the recommendations suggested in the report by theDepartment of Health,
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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
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, 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:
Definition
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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Complementary Medicine and the National Health Service. An examination of Acupuncture, Homoeopathy,Chiropractic and Osteopathy. Scottish Office, Department of Health. November 1996.
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‘Complementary Medicine – New approaches to Good Practice’. British Medical Association, 1993.
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Bonnet J. Complementary medicine in primary care – what are the key issues?. NHS Executive, London. January 2000.
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Complementary Medicine -information packs for primary care groups, Department of Health, 2000.
 
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Complementary and Alternative Medicine, A report by the House of Lords Select Committee on Science andTechnology, HMSO, October 2000.
 
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This directory/register was commissioned by
the Bedfordshire Integrated Health Groupwhose aims include the provision of information on the accessibility of CAM within theBedford area, in both the private and public sector. The group has no bias to any particularindividual or organisation and is well supported in the community by: Bedford BoroughCouncil, Bedford County Council, De Montfort University, Bedford Allergy Support Group,Ford End Road Gurudwara Temple,
 
North and Mid West Beds Community Health Council.
 
DISCLAIMER: Whilst every effort has been maintainedto provide accuracy of information, please note thatthe group does not accept any liability for anyinaccuracies of information provided, nor liability forthe practice of any practitioners mentioned.
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