Integrated healthcare within the area

There is a gold mine of experienced complementary therapists out there in South Norfolk, all of whom could massively contribute to healthcare. The SYSTEM does not allow it to happen at present which is to the detriment of patients across the area. There are massive financial savings to be had by improving the quality of life of residents. The Partnership should take a more proactive stance to encourage integrated healthcare.

I am a long standing Reflexologist who has changed peoples' lives through my treatments by reducing stress and anxiety, minimising lymphoedema swelling and helping infertility. I therefore see the lack of acceptance of complementary therapies as a wasted resource for the NHS.

I am not saying that complementary therapies can be provided free of charge. We all have to put food on the table! But the savings will far outweigh the costs.

 

Why the contribution is important

Integrated care could save the NHS billions of pounds in drugs and treatments.

The sooner it is introduced into South Norfolk and Waveney the more money will be saved or put to better use.

by Rhind on July 17, 2019 at 05:48PM

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  • Posted by Chris_admin July 18, 2019 at 13:21

    Thanks for getting involved – you’re our first contributor!

    The role of complementary therapies is really interesting. One of the big ‘health’ discussions taking place is around what the NHS should pay for and the role of individuals in looking after their own health and wellbeing, especially when there are so many competing priorities for our finite budget.

    What do other people think?
  • Posted by LGBT July 26, 2019 at 17:50

    I agree with your comment Chris BUT initially it is important to insure that the support is tailored to each individuals needs, ability and circumstances. The issue with generalised packages of support is that they often lead to a "one size fits none" service, also I am a big advocate in my professional role that we ALL have to take some responsibility for looking after our own health and wellbeing but the reality is that for some individuals that can be overwhelming and I find myself having to start from the beginning and explaining to individuals the consequences of not helping oneself.
  • Posted by Chris_admin July 30, 2019 at 14:53

    I think you're right LGBT. We do all have to take some responsibility for looking after our own health. Are there things that formal health and care services can do to make it easier for people to take responsibility for their health?

    We know there are times in life when it is more difficult for people to take that responsibility, and when the NHS and care services, together with family, friends and the wider community, need to provide support.

    It's interesting that you mention providing personalised care, tailored to individual needs. This is a theme running through the NHS Long Term Plan. We want to make care more personalised, we know that a problem with providing 'one size fits all' services is that they can fail to engage with the people most in need of support, leading to inequalities in access and health outcomes. What are your ideas for making care more personalised?
  • Posted by Rhind July 30, 2019 at 17:16

    The 'one size fits all' can be applied to many of the NHS services. The GP has 5 minutes to deal with each patient and doesn't even have time to scan the patients history.
    In my reflexology treatments I spend 90 minutes with each client and the treatment is tailored specifically to what symptoms are presented.
    During the treatment we discuss self help techniques and lifestyle issues and nutrition. People are reminded of their responsibility to look after their own health.
    I find this works very effectively.
  • Posted by LGBT August 19, 2019 at 10:40

    I can only comment on how we provide support for our clients Chris Admin. We meet with the individual to see what support they need but also how they are already supporting themselves (if they are) and what is and what is not working. If it is working then great! If it is not then we break it down to see the barriers that they face, it could be a whole range of issues - isolation, confidence, money, not familiar with technology (we should never make the assumption that everyone has access to the internet or wants access to the internet) Time is most important when providing support to others and this includes educating individuals about self care, it is not a quick fix but all about education, time, empathy and compassion for the individual. If I have completely gone off the subject then I apologise.
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