Clinical training in complementary therapies for the 21st century

Isbell, B. 2003. Clinical training in complementary therapies for the 21st century. Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery. 9 (2), pp. 83-89.

TitleClinical training in complementary therapies for the 21st century
AuthorsIsbell, B.
Abstract

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.

JournalComplementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery
Journal citation9 (2), pp. 83-89
ISSN1353-6117
YearMay 2003
FileIsbell_2003_final_author.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/S1353-6117(02)00145-2
Publication dates
PublishedMay 2003

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