I am a former nurse, midwife and health visitor who became increasingly concerned about the inter relationship of the health of people and the well being of the planet. I therefore obtained a first class honours degree in Environmental Protection as a mature student in 1996 and worked for 13 years in a senior position in local government, whilst continuing my interest in health, becoming an Holistic Therapist alongside my local government work. I then went on to become a Medical Herbalist. I have clinics in Tiverton (Devon) and in Taunton and Wellington (Somerset).
As a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), I have undertaken a degree programme at the University of East London that incorporated clinical diagnosis, differential diagnosis, clinical examinations, clinical experience and the herbal therapeutics of Western Herbal Medicine. Further details of the course can be found at http://uel.ac.uk/undergraduate/specs/herbalmedicine-bsc/. Health issues about which patients consult Medical Herbalists in the UK can be found on the NIMH website http://www.nimh.org.uk/?page_id=1655
Medical Herbalists generally work work independently of the NHS but refer patients to medical practitioners, NHS services and other health professionals as required.
Training, qualifications & experience
Some of my other qualifications are as follows:
I am no longer registered as a nurse, midwife and health visitor but I obtained these qualifications in the period 1982 to 1985.
I obtained a first class honours degree in Environmental Protection in 1996
I gained ITEC Diplomas in Massage and Reflexology in 2002 and 2003 and an IIHHT Level 3 Diploma in Indian Head Massage in 2003. I became a Reiki Master in 2007.
The National Institute of Medical Herbalists
The National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) is the UK's leading professional body representing herbal practitioners. The Institute is self-regulating and is run on a voluntary basis. The Institute maintains a register of individual members, sets the profession's educational standards and runs an accreditation system for training establishments, maintains mandatory programmes of professional development, provides codes of conduct, ethics and practice, has a complaints mechanism and disciplinary procedures, represents the profession, patients and the public through participation in external processes such as regulation of the profession and herbal medicine.
I have a sliding scale of charges, with cheaper consultations for those on low income and for children. I make donations to charity if I give Reiki Healing. Please refer to my website for details.