Professor Nicola Robinson is Professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Integrated Health at London South Bank University (LSBU). She works closely with the Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine at LSBU, a joint initiative with Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, Harbin Normal University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International, China (Hanban).
Previously, Nicola was Professor/ Head of the Centre of Complementary Healthcare and Integrated Medicine at the University of West London (UWL), previously known as Thames Valley University. Prior to joining UWL she was consultant epidemiologist for Brent and Harrow Health Authority and Honorary Senior lecturer in Primary Healthcare, University College London. She graduated from Leicester University with a BSc(Hons) in Biological Sciences. Her doctoral work on bladder cancer at the Christie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute (Manchester University) was in immunology. She is a registered acupuncturist with the British Acupuncture Council. In 1985 Nicola was awarded an RD Lawrence Fellowship by the British Diabetic Association and in 1993 she was given an Honorary Membership of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine for her contribution to epidemiology and health services research. In 2004, Nicola was awarded a Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowship to visit China, to explore educational and research initiatives in Traditional Chinese Medicine at various universities and healthcare centers.
Nicola has a keen interest in TCM and complementary medicine and its assimilation and integration into mainstream health care. She has been involved in various initiatives within the acupuncture profession and a member of various professional committees; such as the Institutional review panel for Advertising and Borderline Products (MHRA). the International Advisory Board for Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, and of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Complementary Therapies Clinical Studies Development Group. She is Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Integrated Health, Nicola has written over 150 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals, prepared scientific reports covering a wide range of subject arenas. She has various research links in China and has had successfully supervised both Chinese and UK PhD students.
Sarah has an extensive professional background in health regulation, including governance, policy, and strategy research and implementation, with a strong commitment to quality assurance. She has worked for over twenty years in health regulation initially for the General Medical Council and then was instrumental in setting up a new regulator, the UK Public Health Register, set up in 2003. She currently works for Public Health England. Sarah has an interest in complementary medicine for use with conventional veterinary treatments, in particular Shiatsu for horses.
Maurice Cheng, Chief Executive, The Institute of Osteopathy
Maurice is CEO of the Institute of Osteopathy, with a background in strategic research and marketing consultancy. Since 2000 he has specialised in association management for professional bodies, as Director of Member Services for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and as Chief Executive of the Institute of Healthcare Management, and the Institute of Payroll Professionals.
In addition to his role at the iO, Maurice also holds an interim CEO role at the Association of Costs Lawyers, and as a trustee of North London YMCA, and the National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR). Maurice believes strongly in the value that osteopathy and other complementary branches of medicine can bring to public health, and a strong advocate in the need to provide more and better information and evidence about their efficacy.
Carol Granger is a practicing nutritional therapist and herbalist with an honours degree in biochemistry and a Master’s in microbiology. She has been a Chartered Biologist since 1986 and had two decades of experience in bioscience research, diagnostics and medical technology before a career change to nutritional therapy.
Her doctorate in health sciences from the University of Westminster involved researching nutritional therapy practice for people with cancer. Carol is committed to evidence-based practice, professional regulation and advancing standards in nutritional therapy. She is Chair of the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) which accredits nutritional therapy courses that train to the National Occupational Standard (NOS).
Carol has published papers on intravenous therapy, parenteral nutrition, human tissue banking, non-surgical management of ascites, as well as a patent in intensive care technology. Her recent papers have explored professional regulation and nutritional therapy practice. She is a member of the Nutrition Society, a chartered member of the Royal Society of Biology, a Fellow of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Dr John Hughes is the Director of Research for the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, UCLH NHS Trust. He is also Visiting Fellow within the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, University of Southampton, and works closely with the World Health Organisation on the subject of traditional medicine.
John has an interdisciplinary programme of mixed methods research centred on patients’ experiences of chronic illness and the alleviation of symptoms using self-management approaches and non-pharmacological interventions. The programme of research has received over one million pounds in funding, and includes awards from the National Institute for Health Research and World Health Organisation. The research has been disseminated in over 50 peer reviewed academic publications.
After spending over 35 years in the Financial Services Industry, managing company secretarial, administration, accounting and compliance matters, Patti now provides business and financial consultancy services to organisations mainly in the charity sector.
Simon is an information specialist whose main area of expertise is around content strategy for websites and other digital platforms. He graduated with an MA in Information Management at Thames Valley University in 2002. Simon has managed several website and database projects for different national charities including Help the Hospices and Turn2us. He is a manager at Chelmsford public library in Essex. Simon has also collaborated on a number of publications including:
- Barriers to the Development of Palliative Care in the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2009.
- Facts and indicators on palliative care development in 52 countries of the WHO European region: results of an EAPC task force, Palliative Medicine 2007.
- EAPC Atlas of Palliative Care in Europe, Lancaster University 2007.
Nicola is a CAM practitioner working in private practice and has both an MPhil. and PhD in Health Sciences. from the University of Warwick. Nicola has experience of qualitative and mixed method approaches. Her research interests include the patient experience and patient reported outcomes for CAM, measuring wellbeing and clinical audit. She now works for the RCCM as coordinator.