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15 April 2021

European Congress for Integrative Medicine - deadline to submit an abstract extended until 30 April 2021

The congress organisers have seen a great deal of enthusiasm for the congress with more than 400 abstracts already received to date, however after a number of requests, the deadline has been extended allowing interested parties an additional four weeks to submit an abstract online.

15 April 2021


The Integrated Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) has marked the first anniversary of its formation by thanking everyone who has supported its work throughout the year.


Despite a year filled with huge challenges for our field, due to Covid 19, the last 12 months has seen the IHC go from strength to strength, and it has quickly become the collective voice for our field. It is widely regarded as the largest, most diverse and ambitious bringing together of organisations in the complementary, traditional and natural healthcare field anywhere in the world.


The British Reflexology Association and IHC colleagues have demonstrated that our field can work effectively together with a collective voice. Our petition calling for a quick and risk based return to work for our therapists and practitioners raced to 20,000 signatures in just 2 weeks! We have taken up issues with governments across the UK to get clarity for therapists about ever changing legislation and regulations, often when our field has been marginalised and ignored. We have fought for assistance when our healthcare professionals have had to stop work, and faced financial hardship. We have, throughout, emphasised the great contribution that complementary, traditional and natural healthcare therapists and practitioners can bring to patients’ health and wellbeing. Every issue and campaign that we take forward together makes our voice louder.


IHC member organisations have over 30,000 therapists and practitioners on their registers, and only the very best in the field are approved for membership. As we move forward, IHC members will continue to work together on issues of concern and common areas of interest, make the case for increasing access to these therapies, and promote greater integration with conventional Western medicine in order to improve patient choices and outcomes within our healthcare system.


The British Reflexology Association and our IHC colleagues thank everyone for your continued support for our work, campaigns and projects.

2 March 2021

CNHC is seeking two Registrant members for the CNHC Board

The Board meets for a half-day four times a year. In normal circumstances meetings are held in London. There is no remuneration but travel costs are reimbursed.

Deadline for applications is 26 March 2021. Interviews for Registrant members will be held on 14 April.

You can find more information and download an application pack at

18 February 2021

IHC Calls for Greater Support for NHS Frontline Workers with PTSD

The Integrated Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) has written to Health Ministers across the UK asking them to grant dispensation for complementary, traditional and natural healthcare therapists and practitioners to support intensive care staff, and other key NHS frontline workers during current Covid restrictions. This action has come following recent reports of high levels of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety in intensive care staff.

We are therefore urging governments to grant dispensation for complementary, traditional and natural healthcare close contact therapists and practitioners, represented by the IHC, to legally work in order to support NHS front line staff during current Covid restrictions.


31 January 2021

European Congress for Integrative Medicine postponed - new dates 5-7 November 2021

The European Congress for Integrative Medicine will now take place in London on 5-7 November 2021 and registration is now open. Places are limited and early bird rates are on offer, so delegates are encouraged to act fast.  BRA Members are eligible for a discount rate (please contact the Admin Office for the code).  The deadline for the call for abstracts is now 2nd April 2021.  Successful abstracts will be published in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine.


13 October 2020

Ken Rock

We are sad to announce that Ken Rock who was an Honorary Fellow member of the BRA died last week after a fall.   

Ken served on the BRA Board for 21 years and was a very loyal supporter of the BRA.