Signing up by degrees for complementary medicine careers

Published: 18 December 2006 at 10:53

Anglia Ruskin University’s Institute of Health and Social Care is to stage a Taster Day on 17 January at its Rivermead Campus in Chelmsford to encourage people from Essex to find out more about the flourishing degree and career prospects based around the increasingly popular practice of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

Pathway leaders and admissions tutors will be on hand (between 10am and 3pm) to talk to individuals about the programmes and enrol those interested onto the various modular courses, starting February 2007.  They include the Faculty’s two BSc (Hons) Complementary Medicine courses, which focus on either Aromatherapy or Reflexology, or the DipHE Complementary Medicine programme including options to study Massage  in Clinical Practice, Clinical Aromatherapy, Advanced Clinical Aromatherapy, Clinical Reflexology, Advanced Clinical Reflexology,  Stress Management, Baby Massage and Research studies. 

As well as discussing the subject of CAM, qualified complementary therapists from the University will be offering free Complementary Medicine treatments to visitors during the day-long event. The idea of the offer is to give visitors first hand knowledge of the effectiveness of the centuries-old practices which usually encourage clients to extend their understanding of both health and wellbeing.

Complementary medicine is becoming available in a wide range of settings. The level of clinical competence is crucial to acceptance within the medical environment. In addition, students can work in private practice. Successful completion of the degree course means that students not only achieve the academic standards required but also achieve the specific professional requirements of the Institute for Complementary Medicine (ICM) and more than meet the new National Occupational Standards. This ensures that members of the public always receive the highest possible levels of quality care.

Frances Fewell, Programme Leader for Allied Health and Counselling, said:

“We offer key modules of study relating to CAM and a degree based programme designed to train practitioners to the highest possible clinical level. It is open to anyone with an interest in Complementary Medicine including nurses, midwives and other professions and is also available to non-healthcare practitioners.”

“Anglia Ruskin University also works in direct partnership with local Charities and many supervised student placements are set within the specialist centres including the Helen Rollason Heal Cancer Charity.”

Anglia Ruskin University’s degree programme for Complementary Medicine was validated in 2000 when only 5 universities were offering the subject as a degree based course. Today over 100 universities include Complementary Medicine as a course listing proving that there is a remarkable increase in interest in complementary therapies.

Over half of general practices in England now offer their patients some access to CAM therapies.  Most are recommended for cancer patients, the elderly, and those with diabetes or coronary heart disease.

The Taster Day for those interested in CAM courses will be based at N 214, Central Campus.  Anyone wishing to attend the day can find out more information by visiting or calling 0845 271 3333.