Integrated Healthcare Collaborative
Bringing together professional associations and stakeholders within complementary, traditional and natural healthcare
Working together to improve healthcare
The Integrated Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) is a collection of 25 leading professional associations and stakeholders within complementary, traditional and natural healthcare, working together on common areas of interest, to increase access to these therapies, promote greater integration with conventional Western medicine, and improve patient outcomes.
Who are we?
The IHC brings together the following leading organisations, who are Core Members and lead our work.
Alliance of Registered Homeopaths (ARH)
Association of Energy Therapists (AET)
Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP)
Association of Reflexologists (AoR)
Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (ATCM)
British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA)
British Reflexology Association (BRA)
Chinese Medical Institute and Register (CMIR)
Craniosacral Therapy Association (CSTA)
Emotional Freedom Technique International (EFTI)
General Council and Register of Naturopaths (GCRN)
Faculty of Homeopathy (FoH)
Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)
International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA)
International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA)
Kinesiology Association (KA)
Kinesiology Federation (KF)
McTimoney Chiropractic Association (MCA)
National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH)
Shiatsu Society UK (SSUK)
Society of Homeopaths (SoH)
Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT)
UK Reiki Federation (UKRF)
We are supported by our valued Associate Members, below, whose expertise and contribution helps us take forward our integrated healthcare agenda.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
Meet our members
We believe that the IHC is the largest collaboration of key organisations in the field of complementary, traditional and natural healthcare anywhere in the world.
At the heart of our work is the knowledge and expertise of our member organisations, who represent the very best in the field.
As part of our ongoing work to improve healthcare, and take the field forward, we want to introduce you to our members, and get an insight into them and what they do.
We will, therefore, be featuring each of our member organisations in turn on our homepage. Whether you are a patient, therapist, or other stakeholder, take a look at our feature videos, and get a flavour for all 26 organisations which make up the IHC.
Introducing to you, the Kinesiology Association (KA) and the Society of Homeopaths (SoH).
If we want to find our more about any aspect of the Kinesiology Association's work, go to their website to find out more.
For more information about the Society of Homeopaths and its work, follow the link below for all the information you need.
Why we formed?
In December 2018, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare published a report entitled "Integrated Healthcare: Putting the pieces together".
One of the key recommendations in the report was that "professional associations representing complementary, traditional and natural healthcare should work more closely together on common issues, to share knowledge and experience. A formal collaborative should be established which brings together major associations to take the field forward collectively."
It is from this that the IHC was formed, with the aim of achieving better health outcomes through greater integration of healthcare services.
The IHC builds on over 30 years of work and collaboration between the former All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare and the leading organisations in the field.
“We believe that homeopathy and other complementary therapies should be fully integrated into the NHS. This Collaborative encourages organisations to work together to improve patient care and access to services, and should be supported.”
CEO, Homeopathy UK
“The Integrated Healthcare Collaborative will play a key role in bringing organisations together. It is vital for the CAM community to speak with a unified and strong voice.”
Former MP and Chair of APPG for Integrated Healthcare
IHC calls on therapists and practitioners to ensure they are compliant with data protection requirements
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which is the UK’s independent regulator for data protection and information rights, are engaging with organisations in the human health and therapy sector, in order to help them comply with their legal obligations.
They will soon be writing to limited companies in the human health and therapy sector to remind them that they may have a legal responsibility to register with the ICO and pay the data protection fee. Therapists and practitioners who run their own business, but aren’t limited companies, may not receive one of these letters, but may also need to be registered with them. The IHC is therefore urging therapists and practitioners to check their legal responsibilities regarding data protection.
If you click on the following link you can find out more about data protection in the human health and social care sector. Take the quick self-assessment to see whether you need to register.