Regulation of the Alexander Technique
PAAT was involved in the Regulation of the Alexander Technique from the beginning in the 1990s when the European Union sought to inaugurate regulatory procedures in member States in the field of Natural and Complementary Health & Health Care. We participated in the informal discussions which were held across a two year period in the UK. In 2000 a report of the House of Lords Research Committee was published. After this the Foundation of Integrated Health (FIH) obtained a grant from the Department of Health to develop a Voluntary Regulatory framework for the sector.
PAAT has worked towards developing the highest possible standards for training and teaching the Alexander Technique since its founding in 1986. We have an ongoing programme for furthering our professional development with our teaching members expected to complete a minimum of 30 hours of CPD each year.
Being committed to the Voluntary Regulation of Alexander Technique Teaching, it is our policy that all teaching members of PAAT be registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
The CNHC register opened to Alexander Technique Teaching (AT Teaching) in 2010 and PAAT has been actively involved in the processes of Voluntary Regulation prior to and subsequent to this. Our Association has been a Verifying Organisation since the CNHC register opened to AT Teaching. It is also a founder member of the Alexander Technique Professional Associations’ Forum (ATPAF) which is the Professional Forum for the Alexander Technique.
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 practitioners. 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. General Medical Council (GMC) guidance confirms that doctors are able to refer patients to practitioners on Accredited Registers.
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 has agreed that PAAT may verify applications for CNHC registration and we encourage members to register in order to gain the CNHC quality mark. Members wishing to register should click here to download a ‘Request to register’ form.