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MTI Chair appointed to CNHC Board


Earle Abrahamson, the Chair of the Massage Training Institute, has been appointed to the Board of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

This places MTI's approach to massage at the heart of national policy and regulation for the complementary therapy industry.

Earle said: "The CNHC board is tasked with ensuring that the CNHC fulfils its duties in providing and maintaining high standards of professionalism in terms of complementary healthcare practice and management. The board informs the CNHC on policy and practices, as well as advocating change in terms of recognition of, and support for, complementary healthcare of which massage is a core component.

"One of the key challenges currently facing the CNHC is raising the profile of the value and recognition of complementary therapies. The MTI is a lead in applying principles of evidence-based practice to direct and position healthcare decisions within a suitable practice framework. The work we do in terms of integrating complementary therapies into mainstream medical practice is key in developing and transforming how we practise. Through the CNHC we can use a collective voice to promote our message and impact. This is an opportune time to focus on rethinking how we promote our profession and how best to network with similar organisations to raise the profile of what we do and how best we do it."

The CNHC is a government-backed voluntary regulator for the complementary health sector. It provides a practitioner register so that members of the public can choose a therapist with confidence, and promotes the benefits and value of complementary therapy to the wider healthcare industry, government and the general public.

Earle takes up his post on 1 November.

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