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The Two Main Reasons People Fail

So have you ever wondered why some people are able to take an idea and make it happen. What’s different in their thinking that makes that possible? What is really interesting is how you can apply these principles in your life.

Free Talk

By

Dr Andrew Evans(DC)

“Andy is an amazing guest speaker, and I would not hesitate to recommend him. He consistently provides the most informative & interesting talks – always thought provoking and uplifting. A definite expert in his field.”

Shelby Powell, Tewkesbury Business Breakfast Club

Thursday 28th September 
@ 7.30pm

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

Please confirm attendance with reception 01453 763755

 

Everyone welcome

Further Infringements on our right to choice in the NHS

Prescibing of Homeopathic and other remedies and medicines on the NHS.

The NHS is seeking to ban a range of prescription items, aiming to save some £141 miliion pounds. This would include banning homoepathic, anthroposophic and herbal medicines.

If you think homeopathic and herbal remedies which also include a lot of anthroposophic remedies , help with your health, even enabling you to avoid the use of antibiotics for example , and that these remedies should remain available on the NHS as a patient choice, please say so.

Some homeopaths have started a parliamentary petition. Please click on link below to sign.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/200154

1 day workshop – Resilient Living

Exploring inner and outer paths to nourishment and encouragement.

By being more in touch, present and attentive to what arises within us, we can find our lives to be more nourishing and encouraging. In this one day workshop we will explore the themes of self care, the difference between emotions and feelings, relationship patterns with their hindrances and potential, and finding other ways to connect with ourselves in a more meaningful way.

The workshop will use creative exercises and dialogue suitable for anyone interested in personal development and self-transformation.

The workshop is co-facilitated by Jane Chase and Pauline Marksteiner, both BACP counsellors with many years of experience working with individuals, couples and groups.

Saturday 28th October 2017

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

Time 9.30am – 5.30pm

Cost £45.00

Number of participants:12 maximum

Please contact:Pauline Marksteiner Mob:07981 760018

Email: pamarksteiner@googlemail.com

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.


 

Building works July – December 2017

 

St Luke’s is currently undergoing some building work in what was the Doctor’s wing of St Luke’s.

During this time St Luke’s will have a greatly reduced parking facility so please bear with us. If patients are able we ask that they park elsewhere or walk/catch public transport during this time.

From Monday 4th September until further notice the reception and waiting area will be down in the community room in the basement, which can be accessed by following the path, found at the bottom of the car park, through the garden to the door and waiting area.

Whilst we are making every effort to minimise the impact on our patients we appreciate that some disruption in inevitable. Please accept our apologies for this.

Pop – Up Cafe at St Luke’s Therapy Centre

Come and join us for a coffee or tea, taste some delicious home made cakes, meet old friends, make new ones and learn what is happening at St Luke’s Therapy Centre

Tuesday 20th June 9.30am until 12pm

Meet informally over tea(around 11.00) with

Pauline Marksteiner

to hear about

Biographical Counsellling

Everyone Welcome

FFI 01453 763755

Arranged by St Luke’s Support Community

All proceeds go towards making the therapies offered accessible to all.

 

Childhood Health in the Digital Age

Talk with Joy de Berker

Joy de Berker has long been involved in Steiner education and pioneered the Steiner early years course in Bath – Education for a Happy Childhood- which she has run for over 20 years. This work enabled her to hear intimately of the many challenges faced by parents bringing up their children in the digital age. As mother and grandmother Joy cares deeply about the health and well-being of children and the family. She also works as an artist, cook and gardener.

Thursday 22nd June 
7.30pm

at St Luke’s Therapy Centre, 53 Cainscross Road, Stroud. GL5 4EX.

Everyone Welcome

Collection for the St Luke’s Therapy Fund

Arranged by St Luke’s Support Community

 

Resilient Living – 1 day workshop

Exploring inner and outer paths to nourishment and encouragement.

Saturday 17th June 2017

9.30 until 17.30
Cost £45.00
Venue- St Luke’s Therapy Centre, Cainscross Rd, Stroud. GL5 4EX

By being more in touch, present and attentive to what arises within us, we can find our lives to be more nourishing and encouraging.

In this one day workshop we will explore the themes of self care, the difference between emotions and feelings, relationship patterns with their hindrances and potential, and true identity.

The workshop will use creative exercises and dialogue suitable for the general public for personal developement and self-transformation.

The workshop is co-facilitated by Jane Chase and Pauline Marksteiner, both BACP councellors with many years of experience working with individuals, couples and groups.

no. of participants :12

To book – please contact:  Pauline Marksteiner     Mob:07981760018  Email: pamarksteiner@googlemail.com

 

Talk- An Exploration of Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders

Rachel Cross – Founder of the Beyond Fear Foundation
Katie Pritchard – Young People’s Counsellor

Beyond Fear Foundation is a small unincorporated Gloucestershire-based foundation supporting those affected by eating disorders and their families. As an ex-sufferer of anorexia nervosa herself, Rachel Cross has a powerful recovery testimony to share.

Thursday 25th May @ 19.30

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

Everyone Welcome

Collection in support of St Luke’s Therapy Fund

Arranged by St Luke’s Support Community