In February 2010, the Bowen Technique achieved recognition by the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). CNHC was set up by the Department of Health, and is the only voluntary regulatory body for complementary healthcare to have official Government backing. As well as providing assurances of high standards to the public, its decision represents a major step forward in the recognition of Bowen, and other selected therapies, as acceptable complements to conventional medical treatment.
The CNHC’s key function is to enhance public protection by setting nationally agreed standards for registration of therapists. It follows over ten years of work by many professional associations to introduce regulation to complementary healthcare in the UK. In offering an assurance of standards to all users of the therapy, it enables private health insurance companies, NHS Trusts, Primary Care Trusts, individual doctors, dentists and other elements of health provision to refer patients with confidence to practitioners of the Bowen Technique.
In the future, it is anticipated that Bowen will become more readily available within the settings of health centres, clinics, doctors’ surgeries and hospitals, complementing the NHS services available to patients.