Integrative and Complementary Therapies Diplomas

The programme enables participants to complete a number of our CPD standalone courses, following one of the 3 specifically designed pathways to gain a diploma.

The 3 pathways are: 

  • Adapting therapies for cancer and supportive care
  • Adapting reflexology for cancer and supportive care
  • Therapeutic approaches to relaxation in supportive care 

This programme is designed for integrated therapists who want to develop their skills, knowledge and practical application of therapies in cancer, supportive and palliative care.

Prerequisite: Qualified, practicing and insured therapist in all of your chosen options therapies.

Package: 3 core modules and 3 options - please see the table below for module options.

This package consists of a variety of workshops, which focus on the principles that underpin the therapeutic use of relaxation techniques, creative imagery and mindfulness. The programme offers skills development that will increase your flexibility when working with relaxation in practice.

If you want to develop your expertise so you can practice in a variety of healthcare settings, this diploma is the ideal way for you to ‘step up’ your knowledge and confidence.

Prerequisite: Therapists or health care practitioners working in a supported healthcare setting.

Package: 4 core modules, 2 options - please see the table below for module options.

This programme is designed for qualified reflexologists who want to develop their practice in supportive and palliative care.

Prerequisite: You must be a qualified, practicing and insured reflexologist to register for this diploma.

Package: 3 core modules and 3 options - please see the table below for module options.

  

Aims of the diploma programme pathways

The diploma programme pathways aim to:

  • meet the needs of supportive and palliative care settings for therapists who are able to work at and/or develop diploma level practice, locally, nationally and internationally,
  • meet the needs of therapists and/or other healthcare professionals in attaining a diploma level practice as required to work in cancer, supportive and palliative care settings within an integrated healthcare model,
  • prepare students for employment within a range of supportive and palliative settings, including: acute cancer care units, day care centres, rehabilitation, hospice care, private practice and outreach and domiciliary services,
  • enable students to progress to graduate and higher level studies, and to facilitate practice development in their chosen specialist area,
  • develop each practitioner’s/student’s capacity to learn, both on the programme and as independent and lifelong learners,
  • provide flexible learning opportunities, widening access for practitioners working in a variety of settings e.g. part-time employment, full-time employment, career change and returning to work, and
  • foster student’s/practitioner’s transferable skills to enhance employability and quality care provided to patients and carers.

Each pathway is a combination of mandatory core modules combined with optional modules to allow you to personalise your learning experience with us. You must complete all the modules within a 2-year period.

All of the courses that make up the diploma are standalone events and run throughout the year, so you can start your diploma at any point. If you wish, you can attend a few of the courses and then upgrade to the diploma package. The payments you have previously made will be deducted from the full price of the diploma. Attendance to all of the required courses will need to be completed within 2 years

Options

Pathway Module Options

Adapting  Integrative  Therapies for Cancer and Supportive Care 

Adapting  Reflexology for Cancer & Supportive Care 

Therapeutic              Approaches to            Relaxation in            Supportive Care

Number or core and options required

3 core, 3 options

3 core, 3 options

4 core, 2 options

Adapting Chair       Massage for hospice & cancer care

Option

 

 

Adapting Massage for hospice & cancer care

Option

 

 

Adapting Reflexology for hospice and cancer care

Option

Core

 

Clinical & Practical Issues in Cancer Care

Core

Core

Option

Developing Guided Imagery & Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Option

Option

Core

Introduction to     Mindfulness (MRE 1, Workshop 1)

 

 

Core

Mindfulness: Teaching clients 1-2-1 (MRE 1, Workshop 2)

 

 

Option

Precision Reflexology

 

Core

 

Reflexology Lymph Drainage  **

 

Option

 

Resolving Anxiety and Panic

Core

Option

Core

The HEARTS Process

Core

Option

Core

Therapeutic            Approaches in End of Life Care

Option

Option

Option

Assignments

There are 3 written assignments that need to be completed to gain the award. You will need access to clients for developing a case study and for reflective practice assignments. We will provide a diploma handbook which will include supporting information about written assignments, reflective practice models and referencing.

You have 1 year from the date of the last study day to complete your written assignments. 

Tutor support

You will receive tutor support from the diploma programme lead throughout the diploma. 

Fees

The diplomas cost £1,070. This can be paid in full or in instalments as a £230 deposit followed by 8 separate monthly standing order payments of £105.

Post-qualification cancer care certificate

If you complete all of the modules for your chosen diploma programme pathway but then decide you do not want to complete the assignments, you will receive a certificate instead of a diploma.

Please note: we do not allow students to complete 2 diploma pathways. If you would like to follow 2 different pathways, we can offer you a diploma in one and a certificate in another.

To enrol on the integrative therapies diploma programme

Please email the-christie.ittu@nhs.net to express your interest. If you have any other queries, please email us. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you as a student.

Last updated: May 2022