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 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.
What is integrated healthcare?
"Integrated healthcare combines the best of conventional medicine with complementary therapies, traditional medicines and natural approaches in a co-ordinated, patient-centred way. It aims to address the mental, physical and emotional needs of patients by employing an individualised, whole-person approach that focuses on health and wellbeing rather than disease and treatment."
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)
General Council and Register of Naturopaths (GCRN)
Faculty of Homeopathy (FoH)
International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA)
International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA)
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 organisations which make up the IHC.
Introducing to you, the Society of Homeopaths (SoH).
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.
For more information about the Society of Homeopaths and its work, follow the link below for all the information you need.
Survey of Practitioners
The largest known survey was carried out by the IHC in October and November 2022 of our sector post Covid and during a cost of living crisis.
The results gave a valuable insight into current working practises and challenges facing therapists and practitioners across the sector.
Take a look at some of the key findings.
Kind to your body and the environment
The IHC and its member organisations have produced a simple self-help guide for patients as part of its work on Sustainable Healthcare.
Our recent cost of living survey highlighted an increasing number of patients presenting with mental health related issues, especially anxiety and stress. As such, our hints and tips are things you can try at home, at little to no cost, which may support your mental health and wellbeing. We hope you find them helpful.
Complementary, traditional and natural healthcare therapies are kind to your body and the environment, and can play an important role in moving towards a more sustainable system of healthcare.
If you prefer to visit a registered practitioner, please visit the websites of our member organisations.
“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 cost of living survey of industry gives insights into practise post Covid
In October and November last year, the IHC carried out the largest known survey of the working practices and concerns of our field recently conducted. It has given us an in depth picture of our industry. Thank you to everyone who took part.
In total, 1351 therapists and practitioners shared their experience of working post Covid and during a cost of living crisis. The survey found that therapists and practitioners across the industry were experiencing challenging times since the Covid shutdown, with 58% reporting a decrease in their income since before Covid. At the same time, 68% reported that their own costs in providing services had increased. However, less than half had, or intended to, raise their prices, some because they were worried that they may lose clients if they did, and others because they did not want to hinder patients who need support from accessing it due to financial constraints.