Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)

Complementary or alternative therapies include acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage and osteopathy.

This page has information on how these therapies are used in the NHS and how you could train as a therapist.

Working life

Complementary or alternative therapies include

Complementary or alternative therapies are used within the NHS. For example

In some cases, nurses and doctors or other healthcare professionals offer complementary or alternative therapies. In other cases, the therapies are carried out by complementary or alternative therapists who are contracted to provide these by the NHS - often by a GP.

Therapists may practise more than one type of therapy. Some therapists work in hospitals, clinics or health centres. Others have their own practices which patients visit. Some therapists visit patients in their homes.

At present there is more scope for well-qualified CAM professionals to develop a private sector career that includes providing services to the NHS, than to become an NHS employee who specialises in providing these services.

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