CNHC Special Report and Press Release 12 March 2015

CNHC registrants are among 63,000 health practitioners who stand ready to help transform the nation’s health, says Professional Standards Authority

Complementary therapists on CNHC’s Accredited Register are included in the professions named by the Professional Standards Authority in its Accredited Registers Report to Ministers published today.

Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority said:

‘We all know we need to deliver new, innovative ways to improve people’s health. The NHS is re-examining the way it delivers services and is exploring new models of integrated care better-suited to today. That means looking beyond the traditional confines of our health and care system and the traditional health professions. The 63,000 practitioners on 17 Accredited Registers covering 25 occupations must be part of that, offering different approaches to care which commissioners can choose with the confidence that they are competent and safe.’

He continued: ’.....we no longer have to depend solely on doctors and nurses but can create broader multidisciplinary teams. We must invest in prevention and wellbeing to deliver healthcare for the 21st Century. The complementary therapists registered with CNHC are among the health practitioners who have a key role to play in this new model.”

CNHC’s Chair, John Lant commented:
‘We have over 5,000 practitioners on our Accredited Register from professions that are already used to support patients in areas such as cancer and palliative care and mental health services. The patient comments outlined in the report speak volumes about the role complementary therapies can play in enhancing patient wellbeing and we welcome wholeheartedly the Professional Standards Authority’s comments and report.”


CNHC was established in 2008 as a voluntary regulatory body with UK  government funding and support. 

CNHC was approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care as a holder of an Accredited Register in September 2013
CNHC acts solely in the public interest by setting UK-wide standards of  education, conduct and performance for a wide range of complementary  therapies.

 All CNHC registered practitioners have demonstrated that they meet  national standards, abide by a strict code of conduct and hold professional  indemnity insurance.

CNHC investigates and determines complaints against registrants, with  disciplinary procedures and sanctions that mirror those of the statutory  healthcare regulators.

Accredited Registers Report to Ministers
You can download a full copy of the Professional Standards Authority report here: Accredited Registers Report

There are over 5,000 practitioners registered with CNHC from 15  disciplines*.

Nearly 70% of people recently questioned by CNHC did not know that anyone can practise
as a complementary therapist in the UK without any training, qualifications or insurance.
When they found out that this was the case, nearly 88% said they would look for a CNHC
registered practitioner in future.

 Over 285,000 searches have been made on the CNHC’s public register  since it first opened in January 2009.

Women make up 75% of CNHC registrants.

 CNHC’s website receives around 20,000 hits each month.

Further information on the accredited voluntary register scheme is available at

More information on the work of the CNHC can be found at

*Disciplines on CNHC’s register:
Alexander Technique Teaching, Aromatherapy, Bowen Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Healing, Hypnotherapy, Microsystems Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Naturopathy, Nutritional Therapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Shiatsu, Sports Therapy, Yoga Therapy.

Enquiries to Hazel Russo on 020 7653 1971 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to Sarah Dobinson on Friday 13th March on 07710 415 203.

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