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 26 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 Physical and Natural Therapists (APNT)
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, expertise and strength 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 National Institute of MedIcal Herbalists (NIMH).
If we want to find our more about any aspect of the NIMH's work, go to their website to find out more:
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 for greater support for NHS frontline workers with PTSD
The Integrated Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) has written to Health Ministers across the UK asking them to grant dispensation for complementary, traditional and natural healthcare therapists and practitioners to support intensive care staff, and other key NHS frontline workers during current Covid restrictions. This action has come following recent reports of high levels of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety in intensive care staff.
The complementary, traditional and natural healthcare sector has played an important, but often unrecognised role, in supporting the health and wellbeing of people, including NHS frontline workers themselves, during the Covid 19 pandemic, where appropriate and permitted by government regulations.