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The Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners that was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists. CNHC's register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. This means CNHC has met the Professional Standards Authority's demanding standards. All CNHC registered practitioners are entitled to use CNHC's quality mark which demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and high standards. The public and those who commission the services of complementary healthcare practitioners can choose with confidence, by looking for the CNHC quality mark.


CNHC Registration
CNHC recognises The Reiki Association as a verifying body for CNHC registration and we encourage members to register in order to gain the CNHC quality mark. Members wishing to register can read more information here, and about the actual verification process here, where a 'Request to register' form is available to download.

Professional Advantages of CNHC Registration (The following information was provided by CNHC)
By registering with the CNHC, complementary therapists demonstrate to the general public and to other healthcare providers that they meet national standards of practice in their work.

Choosing to register with CNHC brings a wide range of benefits - but most importantly shows to the public that you uphold high standards of practice in your work. Being registered builds trust with your clients, health providers and the public by demonstrating that you “Stand up for Standards.”

The benefits of registering with CNHC include:

  • Public – and growing - recognition of your role
    A joint report from the Royal Society for Public Health and the Professional Standards Authority, Untapped Resources: Accredited Registers in the Wider Workforce, highlighted that “Practitioners registered with CNHC support public health by encouraging their clients to make a range of lifestyle changes. These include improvements to diet and nutrition, support with giving up smoking and losing weight, support with reducing stress, improving sleep, managing pain and other symptoms, as well as overall enhancements to wellbeing. All CNHC registrants are committed to enhancing the UK public’s health and wellbeing.”
  • CNHC champions complementary healthcare
    CNHC work hard to keep complementary healthcare, and in particular CNHC registrants, at the forefront of decision-making by bodies such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Charity Commission. View our Consultation responses here
  • Private health cash plans
    CNHC registration is recognised for reimbursement with a number of private health cash plan providers. This means that clients who are members of the relevant plans can claim for the cost of the treatments when they visit CNHC registered complementary therapists. Find out more information here
  • Listing on an Accredited Register
    CNHC is approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care,a body accountable to Parliament. This provides additional assurance that CNHC registrants meet UK-wide standards of patient safety and service quality.
    Click here to read NHS Employers information on Accredited Registers.
  • General Medical Council guidance
    Doctors are able to refer patients to practitioners on Accredited Registers – which includes everyone registered with CNHC.
  • Government support
    The Department of Health has recommended that where people are looking for complementary health practitioners they use someone who is registered with CNHC.
  • Use of the CNHC Quality Mark
    Only those complementary health practitioners who register with us can use the CNHC Quality Mark on their websites and publicity materials.
  • Entry on CNHC's online register
    CNHC registrants appear on our searchable UK-wide register, which has received more than 51,000 during 2018.
  • Access to MyCNHC
    All CNHC registrants have access to "MyCNHC" where you can download a wide range of useful resources including PR and marketing tips, personalised leaflet templates and letters to take to GP surgeries. Find out more about "MyCNHC" here
  • London Boroughs Special Treatment Exempted Status
    CNHC registrants enjoy ‘exempt status’ in most London boroughs, which saves them from needing to apply for a special treatments license. Find out more information by contacting CNHC or your local London Borough website
  • CNHC Newsletter and Blog
    All CNHC registrants receive the CNHC free monthly e-newsletter (CNHC Newsupdate) which contains a wealth of information and is sent to all CNHC registrants via email. CNHC registrants can also put forward sucess stories which could be featured in our newsletter or on the CNHC blog. Read previous editions of CNHC newsletters and read the CNHC blog
  • Holistic Therapist Magazine
    A free digital edition of Holistic Therapist magazine is sent to all CNHC registrants quarterly. The magazine contains topical articles designed to support practitioners with running a successful practice.
  • Employment opportunities
    CNHC regularly publish details of job and volunteer roles for CNHC-registered practitioners on the CNHC website, Facebook page and Twitter feed
  • Guidance for registrants
    CNHC issue useful guidance for registrants which includes general advertising guidance, specific guidance in relation to the Cancer Act 1939, HMRC guidance and more. Find out more information here
  • Local Champions
    CNHC have a group of CNHC registrants who make up a network of Local Champions. They support the organisation with spreading the word about CNHC whilst marketing their own practice locally.
  • Social Media presence
    CNHC is active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram


CNHC Key Documents
To read any of these documents please go here


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