Over the past six years an innovative portfolio of degree courses in complementary therapies has been developed at the University of Westminster. In 1996, when the first three courses of the BSc Scheme were validated, the high quality clinical experience needed to consolidate the academic and practical skills was planned. The opening of the unique multidisciplinary Polyclinic in 1998 marked the beginning of an exciting clinical training and research dimension to the University’s complementary therapies provision. The Polyclinic represents a unique opportunity for integrated medicine, not only with other health care professionals but also between complementary therapies.
The rationale for the creation of the Polyclinic is discussed. The development of the integrated medicine theme of the Complementary Therapies Scheme and its consolidation within the clinical experience for the students is described. The further enrichment of the students’ clinical experience with placements in other health care settings is also described.
The development of the clinical provision is discussed including clinical governance, the management structures, and influence of nursing and midwifery, introduction of supervision for the clinic tutors, data collection and plans for the future.