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Holistic care covers five inter related dimensions:


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BHMA Student Essay Prize 2015

BHMA Student Essay Prize 2015

Winners announced: once again two students share first prize

The standard of writing was again impressive and, as in 2014, the judges opted to share the prize. The joint winners this year are:

Eleanor Tanner and Lucy Brennan

Third place went to Tamar Witztum and fourth place to Julius Kremling, with special commendation to Louise Cox

For more information and photos go to the student page


February 2015 Newsletter

View the February 2015 Newsletter HERE

This issue provides a holistic view of three topical issues:

The A&E 'Crisis' in the NHS, using resilience as a unifying

thread, and complexity as an explanatory framework; the

annual BBC Reith Lectures from Dr Atul Gawande -

inspiring and thought-provoking in turns; a personal

account froma young GP intraining - the realities of life on

the front line. 

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Mindful Self Compassion

UK’s first ever 8 week ‘Mindful Self-Compassion’ course

This course based on the ground-breaking work of Kristen Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer starting on Wednesday 18th February 2015. The course has been subsidized so we are able to offer it at £100 in total!

Course venue: University of Westminster, Central London

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Who's reading the Journal of Holistic Healthcare?


Satish Kumar, writer, broadcaster, speaker, publisher and activist for reverential ecology has discovered our journal.


The Journal of Holistic Healthcare is published three times per year and provides unique insights into holistic healthcare, the ecology of health and wellbeing and sustainability. For more information click here.


2015 student essay prize

BHMA Student Essay Competition 2015 is open!

The BHMA offers a prize of £250 for the undergraduate healthcare or medical student who submits the best 1,500 word essay. Closing date 31st March 2015.

For more information about the 2015 prize go to student page

click HERE to view the flyer with entry details



on MINDFULNESS          

We asked complementary practitioner, John Kapp, and NHS GP, Dr David Zigmond to answer this question: 


"Would the mass provision through the NHS of standardised packages of mindfulness-based therapy be a good solution for the common mental health problems in our population?"

John says YES

David says NO!

Read their fascinating essays HERE

Then maybe listen to the BBC Radio 4 documentary on mindfulness last broadcast on 11th January 2014. This programme balances the Buddhist origins of mindfulness with contemporary research into its use as a therapy. Like John and David it presents opposing views in a stimulating way. Click to listen to the programme.

September 2014 newsletter

View the September 2014 newsletter HERE

This latest newsletter has two thought-provoking articles relating what we see and experience in the NHS to holistic healthcare - particularly the medicalisation and institutionalisation of everyday life. The first is about Too Much Diagnosis...

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July 2014 BHMA newsletter

View the BHMA July 2014 newsletter HERE

The July 2014 newsletter is themed on challenges to establishing a more holistic ethos in the NHS by looking at cardiovascular disease, Yoga and stomach surgery for obesity.....

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Mutha Courage - read this BLOG

In the form of a weekly blog, Mutha Courage is an account of a young woman's descent into postpartum psychosis. It is an extraordinary first person account of madness, of a husband's and other's attempts to hold the family together, of the response of the caring services. Reading from the beginning draws you into her world as it disintegrates and, we hope, is finally reassembled.

Thought for the Day

Try listening to this BBC Thought for the Day from Vishvapani, teacher   and writer on Buddhism

 and mindfulness. He speaks about medicine's limitations, about our need to think differently

 in caring for ourselves, about the value of being mindful and the vital importance of strong

well-connected communities. All of this in less then three minutes! It's a good message.


  Vishvapani Blomfield         


Student Essay Prize

 This year two students share the 2014 Student Essay Prize

As ever the standard was very high and the judges took the unusual step of awarding joint winners. The 2014 winners of the BHMA Student Essay Competition are: 

Chiara Catterwell-Sinkeldam and Laura Clapham

Third prize went to Olivia Sjökvist

 For more information and to read their essays click HERE

BHMA Newsletter

View the March 2014 BHMA newsletter HERE

The March 2014 newsletter continues the development of this publication. Following the December 2013 newsletter which followed an international unifying thread about language used to describe holism, the latest newsletter is themed on root causes. We take a look through the 'lens' of holism at the issues that sit behind many of our health and social problems. Read more...

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BURNOUT in healthcare practitioners

 There is a crisis of morale and resilience amongst UK NHS healthcare practitioners, especially GPs. Read about our appeal for support HERE

Understand more about poor performance in the NHS

Why does poor care happen in the NHS? What are the deep underlying causes?

Read WILLIAM HOUSE'S BLOG to get the inside story of why the NHS needs holistic thinking and practice. Get the BIG PICTURE HERE!

Ongoing responses to the Mid Staffordshire scandal

The failure of hospital care in Mid Staffordshire over several years may have disappeared from the news media, but the lessons must remain with us. If the hospital staff and management had taken a holisitc view of their work, the disaster would have been averted. Read about the various reports that are trying to grasp the lessons that we must all learn. Go to the NEWS section HERE.

BHMA Student Essay Competition WINNERS announced

There was a very high standard of student essays in this year's competition. The winner of the 2013 FIRST PRIZE is...


Read more HERE including the winning essay.

New Blog from Su Mason

Su Mason, trustee of the BHMA, has posted her first blog on 'what makes us human'.

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Lords vote for NHS privatisation - or do they?

The debate in the House of Lords in the evening of 24th April 2013 marks the end of a long battle to save the NHS...

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New Chair of BHMA

 On 9th March 2013 Dr William House became the new chair of the BHMA. William is ...

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