Although this is a relatively narrow topic for a Blog, I’m writing it in response to a number of queries I’ve had from both fellow hypnotherapists and members of public who have asked “Why are you a member of the CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council) Register?”
The short answer is because it is now the most important Register of professional competence open to practicing Clinical Hypnotherapists in the UK.
Many people are unaware that anyone can present themselves as a hypnotherapist. There is no legal requirement for registration, licensing, training, supervision or insurance.
I have always considered this to be a completely unacceptable situation which has been brought about by the fragmented nature of the hypnotherapy fraternity in the UK and the amount of political infighting which has resulted. In 2000, a House of Lords Committee reviewed the whole issue of regulation of the complementary and natural health market and recommended that whilst legislation was not required, a Code of Voluntary Self Regulation should be implemented through an independent organisation.
Staggeringly, it has taken a decade for these recommendations to be implemented, accompanied by many thousands of man hours or discussion and debate. Finally, however, in 2009, the CNHC Registered was launched.
The Department of Health now recommends that when seeking a hypnotherapist, NHS staff and members of the public should consult with someone who is CNHC registered.
To quote from the CNHC website…
CNHC registered complementary therapy practitioners using the CNHC quality mark demonstrate to members of the general public and other healthcare providers that they conform to national standards of practice in their work.
If a CNHC registered complementary therapist has the CNHC quality mark it means that they:
- Have undertaken a programme of education and training which meets, as a minimum, the National Occupational Standards and the core curriculum for the complementary therapy/discipline concerned where a core curriculum has been agreed
- Have achieved competency to the level of the National Occupational Standards for the therapy/discipline concerned by means of relevant experience of at least three years and /or relevant training and been assessed by their peers as having met those standards
- Have provided an independent reference of their good character
- Have confirmed that they do not hold a criminal record (including cautions), or notified CNHC of any such record for consideration by the Registrar prior to acceptance
- Have confirmed that there are no health issues that impact on their ability to practice
- Have confirmed that they have not been the subject of any disciplinary or civil proceedings against them in relation to their practice or have notified CNHC of any such proceedings for consideration by the Registrar prior to acceptance
- Hold current professional indemnity insurance
Following it’s launch, the CNHC has made inroads to acceptance within the NHS and with charities, as evidenced by their latest Newsletter…
CNHC registration is key for mental health charities
As CNHC continues its work to raise awareness of CNHC registration across a range of sectors, they have been liaising with a number of organisations that represent people with mental health conditions. Here they outline the importance given to CNHC registration by Mind and Anxiety UK.
- Mental Health charity, Mind, supports CNHC registration. Mind provides a wide range of support and information to people with mental health conditions throughout the UK. Where people are seeking complementary therapies, Mind recommends they find someone who is CNHC registered.
Mind’s Head of Information, Beth Murphy commented: “Some people find complementary therapies help them to manage their mental health but it is vital that therapists are appropriately trained and regulated. Mind supports and promotes CNHC registration and the CNHC quality mark to help people find a therapist they can trust.”
- Anxiety UK is a national registered charity formed 40 years ago by a sufferer of agoraphobia for those affected by anxiety disorders. Today the organisation is still user-led, run by and for those with current or past experience of anxiety disorders. The charity is supported by a high-profile medical advisory panel as well as a number of celebrity patrons including cricketer, Marcus Trescothick and comedienne, Ruby Wax. Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing services including counselling, clinical hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The charity also operates a national helpline, delivers online services and provides an innovative peer mentoring scheme. The charity uses robust screening processes for its therapy services to ensure the highest standards of governance are maintained both before and after appointment and CNHC registration is one of the criteria for its hypnotherapists.
Nicky Lidbetter, Chief Executive of Anxiety UK said: “It is of the utmost importance that our therapists are verified, validated and accredited by relevant and appropriate governing bodies to ensure the highest standards of clinical practice. As there are several governing bodies particularly in the field of hypnotherapy, it is most reassuring to know that the CNHC has made significant progress in defining and establishing a core standard in terms of qualifications, training and experience that hypnotherapists must have in order to be eligible for registration. Going forward, we will be requiring all of our hypnotherapists to be registered with the CNHC.”
To find out more about CNHC please visit http://www.cnhc.org.uk/pages/index.cfm