Unit 23 Health and Social Care

2297 words 10 pages
Factors which affect access to Complementary Therapies.

There are many things which can affect access to complementary therapies. The ones I will be explaining are:

• Physical Factors
• Socio-economic Factors
• Education Factors
• Cultural Factors
• Geographic Factors

Many people will experience many physical factors such as pain and mobility problems, some individuals may feel that it’s best to take orthodox medicines which are the best pain relief or option for them, this includes treatments such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. However, some people might have side effects from medicines, therefore they choose to have alternatives, such as, massage and acupuncture. This means that pain can be taken away without any side
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The various professional associations in each therapy have been working together to agree standards and requirements for each type of complementary therapy. Once this has been set, an overarching independent register to establish a national register and protect the public by validating the status of all registered therapist.
The Federal Regulatory Council is central to the operation of GRCCT and makes all regulatory decision. Just like the statutory Health Professions Council, the FRC is composed of a practitioner from each of the regulated professions and an equal number of lay members. (Structure and Roles, 2016)
The RCCM is a UK Registered Charity which was founded in 1983 to develop and promote good quality research into complementary and alternative medicine. (CAM) The main focus of this charity is to develop research into CAM. The vision of RCCM is to widen the availability of and access to safe and effective complementary therapies for patients within the National Health Service and across the UK. This is put in place, to help prevent diseases and improve patients’ health and quality life. (About the RCCM, 2011) There is another regulation which is set for Osteopathy, by law, osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) this only accepts registration from practitioners who have a qualification in osteopathy and who comply with their standards of practice.
All osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year


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