Have any of you heard of or signed up the the NHS Directory. I was just interested to know what the benefits are, if there are any, or is it just another ploy to get us to part with our hard earned cash?
Any info would be most welcome.
I know of NHS Directory why do you ask how did you come by the question?
SWLondon Group and Mobile Therapist incl. RBMind
I came across it when looking at someone else's website and I was interested to know more about the benefits it has to offer before I decide to spend any money joining.
Are you a member? Maybe, if you are, you could tell me what they have to offer a complementary therapist.
The NHS listing orginated some years ago. I signed up to it paying £50 per year, I got nothing from it. I do not think that it is actually administered by the NHS
I also signed up for it and got nothing from it. I would have cancelled my subscription for this year but unfortunately was too late!
Thank you Angela and Jane, that is most helpful. It is, as I thought, just another way of getting money out of us - or am I just very cynical! It sounds like a brilliant and useful directory in theory, maybe in the future it will be worth having another look.
Thank you all for replying,
anyway further to our NHS Directory correspondence - aren't we all meant to be on the National Voluntary Register for Health Practitioners where since April 2009 all GPs etc go to find us so they can refer to us confidently knowing we are qualified etc... (it was all in Embody in Summer 2009 and National Newspapers) however it maybe worrying therapists as at a local meeting I recently had ..what are you telling us this for as we are not interested ...is obviously not everyones thoughts as it pleases me to hear of the majority of us want to register with NHS professional bodies like this Directory you talk of.....I think people are confusing the fact of a register that you can voluntarily register with (nobody is making you do it) AND giving your services Voluntarily (for no fee)... Which to clarify means GPs say..advise patients to go to us for therapy and they pay a fee negotiated beforehand with the GPs in question...which is where things aren't as clear yet I know of GPs that have for 4 or 5 years recommended therapies and the patients are Private not NHS anyway...but you just need to keep up to date with local info at meetings within your area ie.what is happening with the PCT (that's where our meetings are valuable in many different ways and not just learning new therapies anymore.
Hi Susan, I joined up and had no enquiries from it at all. I cancelled after a year and feel it was a total waste of money, do no t join would be my advice .Jane
If this is the same outfit I had dealings with ages ago then it is an independent marketing body that provides information around the NHS, but is not part of the NHS. They historically charge a nice big fee for adding you to a directory that is neither official nor statutory. I do not know any GP's who bother reading it, partly because it is not authorised by the NHS - they just have the NHS name in their title!
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Well......... another con. They are using the 'NHS' in their title with the intention of confusing their targets - complementary therapists. There may be some legislation to stop this.
I have been having telephone calls from some organisation with 'BT' at the beginning of their name, which makes you think they are BT - THEY, are NOT. What they are trying to get you to buy is a listing on the web. DO NOT DO IT.