It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for the massage profession in recent years, with GCMT at its helm. We are on the last stretch and coasting into home. The lost lunches and flying hats are behind us.
LCSP Register has been with GCMT the entire ride and will be coming along for a go on the roundabouts and ghost train. Many thanks are offered to LCSP Register and its members for all the support they have given GCMT over the last 6 years and in previous incarnations.
So where does it go from here? The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) will be launching its Regulatory Register in January ’09 and GCMT has been involved throughout the entire gestation period, promoting the best interests of the massage profession. GCMT will also be there to support CNHC on massage specific issues.
GCMT is involved with the National Occupational Standards (NOS) which probably will not affect too many of you unless you are involved in education or are an employer. LCSP Register and its members are way past minimum standards. Look out for these late 2009 early 2010.
GCMT is the governing body for all massage therapies, Swedish, Remedial, Sports (now called Soft Tissue Technique) – Bodyworks in general. There will be increasing curricula made available, the next being Indian Head Massage and Advanced Indian Head Massage. Thai massage is next in line.
GCMT next move is to become a one stop shop for the massage profession, supporting professional associations, practitioners, public, education, medical, legal – anyone who wants information about massage. The aim is to provide answers to all enquiries, and to point the enquirer in the right direction. This will, in no way detract from the excellent service the LCSP Register provides for its members. As I see it, LCSP Register and other professional associations are massage practitioner orientated and GCMT is massage profession orientated.
GCMT hopes you will continue to support it, watch the website (www.gcmt.org.uk) metamorphose into a one stop shop. Any ideas or suggestions you may have will always be welcome.
Thank you once again,
Isabel Hoxworth. GCMT Secretary.