A report issued today by The Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) has recommended that hypnotherapy be used more widely within the NHS. The RSM feel that this would help patients with issues such as weight loss, stopping smoking, IBS and depression.
At the moment many issues like this are treated but the potential beneficial outcomes only happen to a small percentage of people and cost a huge amount of money. The RSM report suggests that the positive outcome percentage could be increased and the cost to the NHS could be reduced.
As a professional and registered hypnotherapist, I welcome this news as it is great for the profile of the industry I work within. The RSM did mention in their report that as a part of hypnotherapy being included more frequently within the NHS 'toolbox' that steps should also be taken to ensure that 'cowboy hypnotherapists' should be prevented from being recommended by the NHS.
This is sound advice. There are very few 'cowboy hypnotherapists' out there as a percentage but their effects can be disproportionate. There is also the danger of highly qualified and legitimate hypnotherapists being labelled as 'cowboys' by people who didn't get the results they were hoping for.
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It is likely that if the NHS does start outsourcing work to hypnotherapists that they would require the hypnotherapist to have an externally awarded qualification such as a HPD (Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma) and also be a registered member of one of the leading professional bodies. I hold a HPD and am a member of one of the most recognised professional bodies, the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR).
It is a shame that these changes to the NHS seem to be only being considered to save money rather than because of the strong evidence base that hypnotherapy does work for many people and many issues. That being said though, anything that allows hypnotherapy to gain the recognition it deserves and be applied to help people think, act or feel differently, it can really only be a good thing.
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About the author:
Richard Hennessy is the principal hypnotherapist at Focused Hypnosis. He founded Focused Hypnosis in 2009 and since then it has consistently been one of the highest rated hypnotherapy clinics in Sheffield. It is now the biggest hypnotherapy practise in Sheffield. Richard specialises in weight management.