Unit 23 Health and Social Care

2293 Words Mar 18th, 2016 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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Individuals living in rural and suburb areas may have very few centres which offer complementary therapies and might not know where their nearest one is.

Culture can also affect access complementary therapies as not all cultures may use or believe in some therapies. Some religions such as Muslim believe that the only man that should touch a woman is her husband, therefore, they only want women to treat them.

How Complementary Therapies are regulated
CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners. CNHC stands for Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. This was set up with the Governments support to protect the public by providing s UK voluntary register of complementary therapists. This regulator has been approved an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care which main aim is to protect the public. Therefore, they have met the authority’s demanding standards. All registered practitioners are entitled to use CNHC’s quality mark which is commitment to professionalism and high standards. Also, the GMC (General Medical Council) confirms that GP’s are able to refer patients to practitioners. (What is the CNHC Register?, 2016)
The GRCCT register was released on 6th June 2008. GRCCT stands for the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies. With the GRCCT, each profession has its own Voluntary Self-Regulatory Group which feeds into the GRCCT.
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