Guidelines for the use of Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care
The Acting National Coordinator for Cancer Peer Review met recently with representatives from the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT) and the main Profession Councils to review the measures and the current Network Guidelines for the use of Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care.
GRCCT and NCPR have agreed to work together to review the measures and generate sample criteria to fulfil the revised measures. The criteria will be available to Cancer Networks for adoption.
‘We are happy to be working with, and guided by, the lead bodies in CAM for the benefit of patient care and safety.’ – Acting National Coordinator, Cancer Peer Review, Ruth Bridgeman.
CAM practitioners who hold current registration with either the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies or the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council will be seen to meet criteria in relation to Patient Safety.
‘The requirements of this criterion serve to ensure that cancer patients who chose to use Complementary Therapies receive high level care both inside and outside of the National Health Service’. – Barry Tanner, Senior Project Manager, GRCCT.
Notes to Editors:
The GRCCT is the larger of the two voluntary regulatory bodies for practitioners of Complementary Medicine in the UK. The Complementary Therapies regulated by GRCCT are practised by in excess of 50,000 practitioners in the UK. www.GRCCT.org
National Cancer Peer Review (NCPR) is a national quality assurance programme for NHS cancer services. NCPR is managed by the National Cancer Action Team (NCAT) and is an integral part of the NHS Cancer Reform Strategy and the overall NHS Cancer Programme, led by the National Cancer Director. http://www.cquins.nhs.uk/index.php?menu=about-us
The General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies
Box 437. Office 6, Slington House, Rankine Road, Basingstoke.RG24 8PH