Membership of the NHSTA is free of charge to
PCTs and includes a broad range of free services, including recruitment
facilities, free legal advice and a range of free publications,
including our official annual members' publication "Healthcare in the NHS - The
Way Forward ", and "The NHSTA Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners".
Many other publications and initiatives are planned for the future.
View the consitution of the NHSTA (APCGT) here... >
NEW - NHSTA Complementary
Practitioner Logo Following
complaints relating to the unauthorised use of the NHS, NHSTA and NHSTA
Directory logos on publicity material and websites produced by member
and non member practitioners the NHSTA has decided to make available a
complementary practitioner membership logo available for use by members
on all such material.
The logo is subject to a strict usage policy which should be carefuly
read before using the logo and adhered to at all times.
Download the usage policy...>
The NHSTA, in partnership
with Weightmans solicitors have developed a service level agreement, in
line with current legislation, for the commissioning of complementary
therapies. Member PCTs and GPs wishing to obtain a copy should email
Download the logo for use on your publicity material...>
Open Letter to GPsThe
following open letter may be used by NHSTA Directory members who wish to
write directly to GPs to inform them of their membership, availability
and willingness to work with the NHS via the NHSTA Directory.
The letter is primarily intended to be used by Directory members who
wish to inform their local GPs of their membership and provide them
with more information about the Directory.
Members may also, if they wish, give it to their patients to show their
Download the open
letter to GPs...>
Open letter to Patient Advice and
Any member of the public who is encountering
difficulties in obtaining complementary therapy via the NHS and who
would like to bring this problem to the notice of their PCT, should
write to the Patient Advice and Liaison Co-ordinator (PAL) at the
Primary Care Trust.
The role of PAL is a new one. The PALs have
been created to act as an interface between the public and the Boards
of the Primary Care Trusts responsible for healthcare in their area. If
enough members of the public write on the subject, this will help the
Boards of the Trusts become more aware of the true level of demand and
may lead to funding being made available where hitherto it was not.
It would also be appropriate for members of
the public to write to the lay member of their local Primary Care
Trust. The lay member is an ordinary member of the public, whose
purpose is to represent the local population.
Information on your local Primary Care Trust
is available via a link on the patient resources section of the site or your
GP. Many Trusts also have websites.
Below is a draft letter that could be used
when writing to your local PCT about difficulties you have had in
getting complementary treatment.
[please download this Word document by right clicking the link and
"saving the target as"]
Membership of the
NHSTA is free to all NHS Trusts,
Trusts wishing to take advantages of our services can join by filling
out an application form.
Download the application form
The NHSTA has just
moved offices, we would like to apologise for any inconvenience members
experienced in contacting us during the
Our new contact
Following our change of name and
move to new premises we would like to update the records we hold on our
member Trusts, could you please arrange for the Membership Update Form to
be completed and returned to us.