St Luke’s Open day – Sunday 14th October 2018- programme of events.

ST Luke’s Open Day Sunday 14th October 2018

All sessions are free of charge and  can be booked on the day

Waiting Room Talks

11.15 – 12.00 Foot care with Rhythmical Massage By Trish Rider and Liz Binns – WORKSHOP

12.30 – 1.00 Introduction to Eurythmy By Ursula Browning – TALK

Art Therapy

11.15 – 1.00 Crafts for Children – Nicole Weinberger

2.00 – 4.00 Art Therapy taster sessions and conversations With Nicole Weinberger

Singing Therapy

11.15 – 2.00 20min individual taster sessions With Pia Poulsen

Chiropractic

11.15 – 4.00 20min sessions with Andrew for whatever comes up.

Homeopathy

11.15 – 12.15 15min one to one consultations With Simon Andrews

1.00 – 2.00 15min one to one consultations With Simon Andrews

Counselling

12.30 – 4.00 Short individual introductions With Pauline Marksteiner

Massage

1.00 – 4.00 Rhythmical Massage taster sessions With Trish Rider and/or Liz Binns

Eurythmy

1.15 – 2.00 Group Eurythmy session With Ursula Browning

2.15 – 4.00 Individual taster sessions With Jane Abel

Medical

2.00 – 4.00 Short medical consultations With Claudia Kempfen

 

Further Infringements on our right to choice in the NHS

Prescibing of Homeopathic and other remedies and medicines on the NHS

As some of you may be aware the NHS has been having a look at whether we, the people, would like to use homeopathy on the NHS.

They have issued a consultation document or survey on a number of issues to gauge our response to this and other issues. The survey is a 48 page document involving other issues as well as the prescribing of Homeopathic Remedies, Anthroposophic Medicine and Herbal Remedies.

Please read through the following links all of which can be downloaded as PDF documents or editable Word documents.

Please respond to this attempt to again limit our right to choice in the NHS.  The deadline for this is 21st October 2017 so please act now.

Step by Step Instructions on how to respond.

There are 3 ways to respond:

  1. Write a letter and post it to NHS England or your local MP. The suggested content is given below for your convenience via downloadable links. Once downloaded they can be copied and pasted into your letter or modified directly.
  2. Send this letter by email – the same process as above just using email.
  3. Respond to the consultation document directly via the Engage England Website

The consultation document can be read here in its entirety. Or cut and paste this link into your browser.

https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/items-routinely-prescribed/supporting_documents/consultationitemsnotroutinelyprescribedinprimarycare.pdf

Letter to NHS England

PDF Format                MS Word Format

Please edit as you see fit. The contact details for NHS England are

Email: england.contactus@nhs.net
General Post (including complaints):  NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT

LETTER TO YOUR MP

PDF Format             MS Word Format

Please edit as you see fit.

The contact details for your MP can be found here.

As we are in Stroud the MP is Dr David Drew and his address is

Dr David Drew, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Email: david.drew.mp@parliament.uk


DIRECT RESPONSE TO THE CONSULTATION DOCUMENT VIA Engage England Website

Letter A

Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care: A Consultation on guidance for CCGs “ 

Responding to the consultation paper which can be found on

https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/items-routinely-prescribed/supporting_documents/consultationitemsnotroutinelyprescribedinprimarycare.pdf

 It is 48 pages long, and covers a range of other issues as well, but if you don’t want to go through all the other issues of the survey, you can concentrate on expressing your views on withdrawing homeopathic and herbal medicines from the NHS.

To do this your response can be done electronically by accessing the consultation survey below.

https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/items-routinely-prescribed/consultation/intro/

The questions include the following which we offer possible responses you may wish to make.

In which capacity are you responding?

Patient

 Have you read the document “Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care: A Consultation on guidance for CCGs”?

 Yes

 Equity and Health Inequalities

Do you feel there are any groups, protected by the Equality Act 2016, likely to be disproportionately affected by this work?

Yes

 Equity and Health Inequalities – continued

Do you feel there are any groups, protected by the Equality Act 2016, likely to be disproportionately affected by this work?

Religion or belief

Please provide further information on why this might be the case.

Patients like me who believe in more holistic and natural approaches to my medical care.

 Equity and Health Inequalities – continued

Do you feel there is any further evidence we should consider in our proposals impact on health inequalities experience by certain groups e.g. people on low income; people from BME communities?

Yes

 Please provide further information on why this might be the case.

Low income patients who experience benefit from herbal, homeopathic and anthroposophic medicines are to be denied access to the treatment of their choice.

 Proposals for CCG Commissioning Guidance

Do you want to provide views on the proposals for CCG Commissioning Guidance?

Yes

 Homeopathy

 Advise CCGs that prescribers in primary care should not initiate homeopathic items for any new patient.

Disagree

 Advise CCGs to support prescribers in deprescribing homeopathic items in all patients and, where appropriate, ensure the availability of relevant services to facilitate this change.

Disagree

 If needed provide further information.

The grounds quoted are cost saving with the annual spend of around £100,000 for homeopathic medicines and a lack of evidence of effectiveness.

 The removal of these medicines from NHS prescribing will reduce the freedom of choice for patients and particularly those financially disadvantaged who can less easily afford to pay for them privately. This will increase inequality between less and more affluent patients.

 The imagined saving of £100, 000 for the whole country would represent a fraction of the drugs budget for a single NHS General Practice.

 The reality in practice is that by including homoeopathic (and herbal) medicines in General Practice prescribing it has been possible to demonstrate substantial overall savings for the NHS through appropriately reducing the prescribing of conventional drugs.   So, the quoted cost saving will in fact be illusory.

 The contrary to what is stated there is considerable evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathic medicines (see review by Dr Peter Fisher) However much evidence is gathered for the effectiveness of homeopathy it is always dismissed and regarded as no more than a placebo effect because it is difficult to understand with current scientific reductionist beliefs. But difficulty understanding homeopathy is no reason to ban it from NHS prescribing.

 It is recognised that the main threat to future public health is growing bacterial antibiotic resistance through over prescribing of antibiotics. Practices using homeopathic, herbal and anthroposophic medicines have demonstrated huge reductions in antibiotic prescribing with better clinical outcomes and improved patient satisfaction (evidence can be provided on request) Their use could offer a major contribution to overcoming the problem of antibiotic resistance if they were promoted by the NHS (with appropriate monitoring) rather than excluded from NHS primary care prescribing.

If you would like to provide views on any other medication, please select from the list below:

 Herbal Treatments

Advise CCGs that prescribers in primary care should not initiate herbal items for any new patient.

Disagree

 Advise CCGs to support prescribers in deprescribing herbal items in all patients and, where appropriate, ensure the availability of relevant services to facilitate this change.

 Disagree

If needed provide further information.

 The grounds quoted are cost saving with the annual spend of around £100,000 for herbal medicines and a lack of evidence of effectiveness.

 The removal of these medicines from NHS prescribing will reduce the freedom of choice for patients and particularly financially disadvantaged who can less easily afford to pay for them privately. This will increase inequality between less and more affluent patients.

 The imagined saving of £100, 000 for the whole country would represent a fraction of the drugs budget for a single NHS General Practice.

 The reality in practice is that by including herbal and homoeopathic medicines in General Practice prescribing it has been possible to demonstrate substantial overall savings for the NHS through appropriately reducing the prescribing of conventional drugs.   Such savings considerably outweigh the costs of prescribing these natural medicines. So, the quoted cost saving will in fact be illusory.

 The contrary to what is stated there is considerable evidence for the effectiveness of some herbal medicines such as St John’s Wort for depression and Hawthorn for Hypertension.

 It is recognised that the main threat to future public health is growing bacterial antibiotic resistance through over prescribing of antibiotics. Practices using herbal, homeopathic and anthroposophic medicines have demonstrated huge reductions in antibiotic prescribing (with better clinical outcomes and improved patient satisfaction – see attached references). Their use could offer a major contribution to overcoming the problem of antibiotic resistance if they were promoted by the NHS (with appropriate monitoring) rather than excluded from NHS primary care prescribing.

 Items that are prescribed in primary care and are available over the counter

Please provide your views and / or any relevant evidence we should consider when developing these proposals to potentially restrict items that are available over the counter.

Scientific Evidence and Homeopathy by Peter Fisher

 Anthroposophical versus Conventional Therapy of Acute Respiratory and Ear Infections: a Prospective Outcomes Study

H J Hamre et al. Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift 2005

Do you agree with our proposed criteria to assess items for potential restriction?

Neither agree nor disagree

 If needed please provide further information.

 It should also fully acknowledge and take account of the substantial evidence for the effectiveness of both herbal and homeopathic medicines.

  It should not be unduly influenced by the highly contested 2010 Science and Technology Select Committee Report or pressure groups such as the “good thinking society” which appear to seek to limit medical practice and thought to the current dominant scientific paradigm.

 To be aware of the loss of choice for patients which has been safeguarded since the inception of the health service by successive Ministers of Health assurances – that “the NHS will fund homeopathic treatment, as long as doctors wish to prescribe it and patients wish to receive it” – and all for relatively insignificant saving if indeed any real savings.


 

Anthroposphic Medicine by Dr Klaudia Kempfen

Talk on Anthroposophic Medicine

By Dr Klaudia Kempfen

Where: St Luke’s Therapy Centre, 53 Cainscross Road, Stroud, GL5 4EX

When: Thursday 27/10/16

Time: 7:30 – 9

Originally trained in Germany Dr Kempfenhas been working as a doctor in the UK since 1997, as a GP since 2002. She completed the Anthroposophic Medical Training in 2013 and worked in St. Luke`s Medical Centre until it sadly had to close for the NHS.
Dr Kempfen very much values the unique humanistic and holistic, anthroposophic approach.
Dr Kempfen has a particular interest in cancer care, mental health issues, burn out and developing more of a particular interest for developmental issues in children and adolescents.
Contributions (£5 recommended) at the door are welcome and will go towards the Patient Therapy Fund.

Resolving Chronic Pain

AUTUMN TALKS

Title: Resolving Chronic Pain

By Rachel Stevens

Location: St Luke’s Therapy Centre, 53 Cainscross Road, Stroud, GL5 4EX

Time: 7:30 to 8:30

Contributions to the patient therapy fund at the door.

Rachel Stevens will discuss this very relevant and important topic out of her wealth of knowledge. She has been working for nearly 30 years to help people lead more fulfilling and pain free lives. She works with 3 different approaches to help resolve pain / posture problems / stress / emotional issues and to help free you from unwanted mind-body habits.

Alexander Technique, SIRPA (Stress and Pain Illness Resolution), Psych-K

From Ideas to Experience

From Ideas to Experience

The Inner Path of Meditation

Date: 22nd October 2016

Time: 10:30 – 12noon

Venue: St Luke’s Therapy Centre, 53 Cainscross Road, Stroud, GL5 4EX

In this session Marjatta will describe the path of meditation given by Rudolf Steiner and suggest ways to take up a meditative practice. We will discuss the challenges
of doing this and a practical approach will be suggested that guides and supports
the meditative practice. 

Suggested contribution: £6/£4 including refreshments

Enquiries to Sheila Lisster 01453 757295

Marjatta van Boeschoten is the General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society. She was a pupil at Wynstones Steiner School and then became a
lawyer. Later she was a management consultant working in large businesses, government and the United Nations. Working from the source of
an inner life has been the fundamental basis for all her work.

St Luke’s Therapy Centre Open Day

St Luke’s Therapy Centre

OPEN DAY

Sunday 18th September
11am – 4pm,

53 Cainscross Road, Stroud

Come and visit our recently re-launched therapy centre. Meet the therapists and learn how their approach might help you or someone close to you.

Taster Sessions – Refreshments – Short Talks

Although no longer linked to an NHS practice the St. Luke’s Therapy Centre aims to make treatments affordable and accessible to all.

Singing, Art Therapy, Rythmical MasSLTC Open DAy Sept 2016sage, Anthroposophic Therapeutic Speech, Alexander Technique, Homeopathy, Chiropractic, Biographical Counselling, Anthroposophic Medicine, Youth Counselling

Everyone Welcome

For more information call 01453 763755

Dialoguing with Nature by Karin Jarman

Dialoguing with Nature

The Oasis Programme at St. Luke’s has been going strong for over 12 years now. It is offered to anyone who is searching for the meaning of life, very often prompted by illness or a life crisis that makes us stop and take stock. An Oasis group can be tremendously supportive during such times, through the compassionate and mutual sharing of wisdom over a period of nine months.

Meetings take place on a weekly basis for 3 hours. Increasingly there are requests to teach the facilitation skills required for running such groups, also from abroad. Over the last eight years I have been invited to teach such courses in Spain so that therapists can start their own groups, two of which are now active in Madrid and Barcelona.

My most recent teaching assignment for a group of 30 therapists took place in a beautiful country property near to Montserrat, a 90 minute drive from Barcelona.

We began the day with a silent meditative walk, each time taking a Karin - Blog pic 5different focus – sprouting, budding and new growth; or leafing, spreading and abundance; dying, seeding and receding. As part of a team building exercise we split up into 3 groups of 10 people. Their task was to work with nature and together create a mandala with the materials found in the surroundings. Karin - Blog pic 4On the first day each group chose and marked out their very different locations, one very intimate and hidden, one exposed with breath taking views and one near the studios. The mandalas were developed over the next three days, beginning with the structure, then focussing on enlivening and lastly on ensouling them, all the while working as a whole group. Not surprisingly, there were challenges and potential conflicts to overcome – an essential learning process to find creative ways of resolving them. There was above all, much joy and laughter, singing, chanting and dancing!

To conclude and celebrate our art work we visited each place in turn and were showered with flower petals and greeted with the description of intense group processes that had been experienced, but also saw how the intricate dialogue with nature in its varied manifestations was being mirrored in our own souls.

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The outdoor work was complemented in the studios with art work, paintings and sculpture as well as study and reports from the budding Oasis groups in Spain!

It was wonderful to witness the growing heart warmth, enthusiasm and new ideas that were being discovered to then take home and work with.

Karin Jarman, July 2016

The Oasis Group is run by Karin Jarman and Pauline Marksteiner at

St Luke’s Medical Centre

Please Contact us for more information

Autumn Talks, Explore, Embrace, Expand

Please join us for a series of autumn talks which will be designed to inspire and educate people on what is available at St Luke’s Therapy Centre and explore themes around health and disease.

Dates :

September 15            Mike Gould                       CANCELLED

September 29           Dr Andrew Evans              The Amazing Dr You

October 13                 Rachel Stevens                  Resolving Chronic Pain

October 27                Dr Claudia Kempfen         Anthroposophic Medicine

November 10            Ursula Browning              Eurythmy Therapy

November 24            Simon Andrews               Homeopathy

December 8               Karin Jarmin                    Anxiety and Depression

Time:

All talks start at 7.30 admission by donation

Venue:

St Luke’s Therapy Centre

53 Cainscross Road

Stroud

GL5 4EX