Ending Inequalities in Complementary Health Care

Ending Inequalities in Complementary Health Care

December 2005

Get Well UK has been piloting services in the NHS in London which make complementary medicine free to patients. The results have shown improvements in health, reductions in pain, improved mobility, increased motivation, decreased worry. GPs report decreases in prescribed medication and reduced workloads. 50% of patients live on benefits and 32% have no education – we have been successful in reaching the people who most need the service and can least afford it.

With investment from Futurebuilders-England the service is now being rolled out across England offering acupuncture, chiropractic and osteopathy to NHS patients. These therapies are the most regulated and have the strongest evidence to support them. We imagine others coming on stream later.

The NHS in Scotland and England are very different. Get Well UK wants to meet people in Scotland with a view to establishing Get Well Scotland, using similar quality standards, tactics and infrastructure (including very cool web-based booking and quality management system).

On 21st November Scotland’s Health Minister, Andy Kerr announced ‘Health Care Pilots to target most deprived communities’. Up to £25m made available for Prevention 2010 – a pilot programme to test what works best before adopted new approaches more generally in the NHS. ‘We need to shift the focus of the NHS from illness to well-being’ said Mr Kerr.

If you are interested please contact Pat Bowie – pat@senscot.net

Public Health, Private Wealth – complementary healthcare and the NHS – November 2005.
Health Care Pilots announcement from Scottish Executive

Contact Boo Armstrong boo@getwelluk.com  020 7383 5566