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MTI and the CNHC

The Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

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CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners. It was set up with government support to protect the public, by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists.

CNHC's register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. This means CNHC has met the Professional Standards Association’s demanding requirements.

All CNHC registered practitioners are entitled to use CNHC’s quality mark which demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and high standards. The public and those who commission the services of complementary healthcare practitioners can choose with confidence, by looking for the CNHC quality mark. General Medical Council (GMC) guidance confirms that doctors are able to refer patients to practitioners on Accredited Registers.

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CNHC Registration

CNHC has agreed that the Massage Training Institute may verify applications for CNHC registration and we encourage members to register so they can gain the CNHC quality mark. MTI members wishing to register should complete this form (you'll need to be logged in to view it) and return it to MTI.

To find out more about the CNHC, send an email, call 020 3327 2720, or visit the website.

CNHC's Definition of Massage

In January 2016 the CNHC released this definition of massage.

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Related downloads

About CNHC

Information about the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

CNHC therapist leaflet - What's-in-it-for-you-leaflet

CNHC therapist leaflet - What's-in-it-for-you-leaflet

Information for therapists on the benefits of CNHC membership

CNHC client leaflet Introduction

CNHC client leaflet Introduction

Information for clients on the CNHC and the benefits of choosing a registered member

CNHC Presentation

CNHC Presentation

Presentation on value of CNHC membership inc stats around complementary health in the UK

Code of Conduct August 2019

Code of Conduct August 2019

Updated CNHC code of conduct as of August 2019

Private Health Cash Plans

CNHC list of approved private health insurance providers. If you are a CNHC member, you should be able to see clients with these providers if you shown evidence of your membership. If you aren't a CNHC member, and you have the Holistic Diploma, you may be able to work with the providers under the deep tissue/remedial massage category. State that your qualification is a Level 4 diploma, ask your school to provide evidence that your course covered this topic and/or MTI central can provide you with that also. Email

Untapped Resources leaflet

Untapped Resources leaflet

Flyer summarising the findings of the Royal Society for Public Health report on therapists on Accredited Registers (eg CNHC) and the benefits they bring to public health. Recommendations include better links between the NHS and registered practitioners.

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