Friends of the NHS Centre for Integrative Care

Supporting the UK’s only person-centred holistic care service in the NHS

We’re committed to helping the public and health practitioners understand the free referral process, being a voice for patients and carers to MSPs and government health and social care bodies, and offering online programming and classes on complementary therapies.

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100% of every donation is put to work promoting and safeguarding the NHS Centre for Integrative Care and a holistic treatment option for the people of Scotland

We believe

  • that Integrative Care, also known as person-centred holistic care or Integrative Medicine, is safer, more affordable, more sustainable, and more effective for complex, multifactorial and chronic conditions than conventional pharmaceutical treatment.
  • that everyone should have access to Integrative Care within the NHS. We encourage patients to “Ask your GP” about this healthcare approach and free referral to the Glasgow hospital.
  • that the award-winning, purpose-built NHS Centre for Integrative Care, which has international renown as a centre of excellence, is a beacon for the NHS at large to navigate complex conditions, like Long COVID, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ME, Chronic Pain, Joint Problems, and many more, for both adults and children.
  • that it’s time for the NHS to restore full funding of the NHS Centre so it can resume all clinical services, research and training, and reinstate staff and the bed ward.
  • that the government, health and social care bodies, and the NHS recognise the NHS Centre’s vital role in upholding Scotland’s long heritage and its future as a leader in the progressive practice of medicine and healthcare.

Hello, friend! Welcome to our website. Our charity is made of a group of people with a common vision: to support the work of the NHS Centre for Integrative Care to ensure patients and society have access to holistic and Integrative Medicine as part of the NHS system. We also work with the community and collaborate with other organisations including health care specialities, third sector and health and social care partnerships to ensure access for all.

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Why do we think the NHS Centre for Integrative Care is special? Because it made a significant positive impact in our lives. Many of us attended mainstream NHS services before attending the NHS Centre, often getting bounced from one specialist to another. For a variety of reasons, our conditions baffled many. However, when our individual journeys at last led us to the door of the NHS Centre for Integrative Care, it gave many of us a lifeline. After we and our healthcare professionals struggled to make sense of our condition and suffering, the staff at the NHS Centre supported us to explore and make sense of what was going on.  As one patient describes the experience, “It just managed to join the dots up of all the specialities I had attended and made sense of the bigger picture for me.

“The Friends, who were previously known as the “Friends of the Homeopathic Hospital”, have been operating since 1995. Run by a small independent committee, we are a fundraising charity.  Our main objectives are to promote and advocate for the welfare of the patients involved with the Centre. We can assist by financial means and voluntary practical help in order to improve the quality of care or the environment for the patients attending the unit.

The Friends also work to create, encourage, foster and maintain the interest of the public in the Centre and its work by providing a link between the Centre and the community that it serves.

Recently we have also become more active in advocating for the Centre and its services.   We are currently exploring ways to work in partnership with other agencies to enhance and improve self-management support and care options. If you would like to get involved with our new activist group then please get in touch.

​This website will hopefully help to achieve better engagement with you all through offering up to date information on the activities associated with integrative care and providing online and face to face talks, groups and classes. 

If there is any way that you think we could make things better, please let us know.

Thanks

Rona

What can the Centre for
Integrative Care do for you?

Centre of Excellence

The Centre for Integrative Care is a service recognised by many as a centre of excellence.  It is an award winning service delivering person-centred care which respects individual autonomy, offering support and approaches that puts the individual at the Centre of everything they do.  The service offers specialised skills and treatments delivered  by experienced practitioners, using innovative ways to meet the challenges of complex multi-morbidity and long-term conditions in the varied population it serves.

Pain Management

What is Integrative Care

“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.” Hippocrates 

Integrative care refers to increasing the harmony and coherence of your whole being.  It focuses on the person, not on either the disease or a particular therapy.  Integrative care is intended to promote and enhance well being, resilience, and the realisation of an individual’s potential capacities for self-care, self-regulation and self-healing.

Training & Life Coaching

Information & Training

The Friends offer a variety of online classes including seated yoga, tai chi and meditation and relaxation.  If you have a particular class that you would like the Friends to support, please let us know by using the ‘contact us’ link above. For more information on our current classes, look under ‘Services’ then ‘Group and Classes’.

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Online Drop In ZoomCafe

We are hosting a one hour ‘Drop in’ Cafe on a Monday at 10am and Wednesdays at 3pm for those who are able to join us by zoom.  If you would like to join us, then please get in contact by using the contact button below and we will send you the link.  If you don’t know how to use zoom and would like some support to get started, then get in touch too.  We would be happy to help if we can.

Click here to find out about our Zoom Cafe

 

Team Approach
Acupunture

Talking shop

Some of you maybe finding the whole thing with the coronavirus challenging and worrying.  Not being able to get out and about, seeing family or friends or having an long term condition that makes things even more worrying for you.  If you are struggling and need any support, then please let us know. The best way is via the contact link at the top right of this page.  Its easy and quick.  Go on, give it a go, we are friends afterall.

Patient Approval

High Approval Rating

The Friends would like you to comment on your experience of being referred or using the Centre for Integrative Care. Did you have any issue with getting a referral?  How was the care like that you received?  Let us know.  Get in touch and give us your feedback.  Better still, why not give your opinion on the Care Opinion website 

 

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Our Mission is to Support the CIC & Secure & Safeguard it’s Future

holistic therapies at CIC
A patient at CIC Gartnavel Glasgow

Who are Friends of CIC?

Friends are current and past patients, retired healthcare workers, family of patients, indeed  anyone who sees what a wonderful quality of life improvement that people with chronic conditions can achieve through CIC and give up their time to spread the word.

 

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wellbeing

I am a clinician fortunate to have worked at the Centre for Integrative Care for over twenty years, as have quite a few of us. The Friends have been around for over 25 years to support our work. The ultimate aim of the Centre is to enhance people’s capacity for self-care and to help them to manage their life and the stresses that contribute to imbalance and disease and ill-health. Through exploring links between the mind and body, and the possible stressors within their life and offering different therapeutic approaches, individuals are helped to become better at self-regulation and self-care – thus improving and sustaining overall health and wellbeing, and quality of life.

Our work is about meeting people where they are, sharing their journeys and helping them to explore and create better health within their own situation and to re-build connections – with themselves, with their families and with their communities. We recognise it is not easy for people to engage in improving their health when they have complex problems and long-term conditions. The Centre is there to help support people with self-management and encourage self-care and regain confidence and a sense of empowerment, and to give a renewal of hope and recognition of true potential for living.

The Friends are pivotal – they help keep the service grounded and ‘in touch’ through their feedback, comments, and suggestions. They allow ‘befriending’ and an introduction to the services the Centre can offer to those who may not otherwise have heard of it. They allow opportunities for people to meet (virtually and in person) and form a supportive and forward-thinking community by paying attention to social links and a sense of connection with the bigger picture. I like to meet the Friends at events – they are a fun group of individuals, all quite different, and considerate of each other and encouraging. I enjoy hearing the ideas bounce about and they always give me something new to think about. Fund-raising from the Friends has been warm-hearted and of great support and enabled a lot to be achieved through their generosity over many years. I really appreciate having the Friends and wish them well with our grateful thanks on behalf of all the staff – to the next 25 years and beyond!

Dr Jacqueline Mardon

Associate Specialist and Clinical Lead , NHS Scotland, Centre for Integrative Care

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