Best Practice

Whilst preparing my notes for teaching an advanced CPD reflexology training event I revisited a section in which I cover Best Practice. I am often asked to clarify Evidence Based Practice and Best Practice . Whilst these terms are familiar within the many and varied areas of health care provision (and certain areas of business) not all complementary therapists are aware of the significance an understanding of these terms can bring to personal and practice development. The overall aim being to improve patient care.

Evidence -based practice is the idea that occupational practices should be based on scientific evidence. This is because it aims to provide the most effective care that is available, with the aim of improving patient outcomes and patients expect to receive the most effective care based on the best available evidence. A model of evidence based practice would contain 1) the best external evidence, 2) individual practitioner’s clinical expertise, 3) patients’ preference. There is a growing body of Reflexology research that has been carried out and published internationally. This research not only identifies the therapeutic and beneficial effects of reflexology but continues to substantiate the safety and efficacy of the therapy. It also provides evidence of patients choosing reflexology.

Best practice represents quality care that is seen to be optimal based on a current standard or point of view. Described as a method or technique that has been generally accepted as superior to any alternatives because it produces results that are superior to those achieved by other means or because it has become a standard way of doing things. It can be seen as being more than practice based on evidence and specific best practices are significant because they serve to offer solutions to identified problems and/or needs. New advanced techniques that are linked to specialist areas of expertise in Reflexology are being introduced into standard practice via accredited CPD training.

My Clinical Reflexology model of best practice has been designed to support qualified reflexologists working in clinical settings ( NHS) and in private practice. It includes guidance on CPD training and robust assessment procedures that comply with governance standards. Including performing up-to-date and continual risk assessments of individuals and environments and accurate record keeping ensuring data protection. Not all reflexologists are self- employed or will work in clinical settings. Some work in Health spa’s/beauty salons, some from home and some are mobile.

Professional Clinical Reflexology PCR- The Langstone-Wring Method® training (AoR, CThA and FHT accredited) Supporting Cancer Patients from Diagnosis through Treatment and Beyond  is an evidenced based technique of an advanced Method® of reflexology developed over five years and from delivery of over 5,000 clinical reflexology treatments to cancer patients attending Dorchester County Hospital. Data collected via clinical audit, patient survey’s and staff engagement events support Best Practice to ensure patients receive the highest standard of care.

Professional Clinical Reflexologists are defined by their qualifications, experience and by working in clinical environments such as a GP’s surgery, NHS hospital or hospice. They are required to hold membership of a recognised governing body and hold current public liability insurance. Provide evidence of specialist training, experience and skills, undergo CRB (DBS) enhanced disclosure checks and attend mandatory NHS training  and be granted an Honorary NHS contract. (all therapists are required to hold current membership of a governing body and public liability insurance in order to practice) You can find PCR trained reflexologists in your area on my website.

2021 PCR  Training dates can be found on my website

Contact  Tel 01305 784986.   abigailwring@btinternet.com    www.dorsetclinicalreflexology.co.uk

Abbigail is fully qualified, insured and DBS checked with 30yrs professional experience specializing in Clinical Reflexology, Allergy Testing, Nutrition and Counselling. Author of “Holistic Health Tips” available from Buena Vista Gypsy Lane Weymouth Dorset DT4 0BZ. £9.00.inc p&p