Over the past few years, there has been significant growth in the alternative/complementary therapy market.
These therapies are generally offered privately, although some are occasionally available through the NHS.
Below are some of the opportunities available to you as Allied Health Professionals (AHPS) – qualified health support professionals.
- Private healthcare firms proposing to introduce a network of fast-track diagnostic centres.
- Health provision moving to more open learning culture where decisions taken nearer to level of patient contact.
- Increasing range of private companies offer employment opportunities in various healthcare occupations.
- Primary care – First point of professional contact includes support occupations, occupational health, health education and promotion, patients in the community.
- Secondary care - Specialised treatment, normally carried out in hospital.
The Big Players
- BUPA – three graduate training opportunities covering healthcare management, finance and information technology. Supplies traditional medical practitioners and AHPs.
- BMI Healthcare (part of General Healthcare Group).
- Allied Healthcare
- AXA PPP Healthcare
A diverse range of centres and other facilities for specific client groups. Therapists are usually employed part-time.
- Career Development Centre – Volunteering opportunities for related work experience that can enhance your CV and future career goals
- VSO (Volunteer Service Overseas) – the largest independent (non-governmental) volunteer-sending organisation in the world.
Also, Local Authority social services departments offer management jobs linking health care and social care. Employ therapists to work with some of their client groups.
This is the main option for practitioners in complementary medicine.
Other useful information
The following publications are available for reference use at the Cavendish House Information Room.
- A Guide to Starting Your Own Complementary Therapy Practice
- Setting Up & Running a Complementary Health Practice
- Department of Health
- Institute for Complementary Medicine
- Institute of Healthcare Management
- NHS careers
- Nuffield Hospitals
- Partnerships in Care
- Private Healthcare UK
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- Acupuncture Contacts and Links
- British Acupuncture Council
- Setting up on your own - Self employment(the main option for practitioners in complementary medicine)
- Herbalist Contacts and Links
- Setting up on your own - Self employment (the main option for practitioners in complementary medicine)
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