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about Get Well UK

Get Well UK makes it possible for GPs to confidently refer their patients to complementary therapists, by providing information, support and a team of highly skilled and qualified practitioners. With NHS funding this service is free to patients. We believe that complementary medicine can play an important role in improving health and well-being and want to ensure more people have access to effective healthcare, not just those who can afford to pay for it privately.

our work in N Ireland

Sharon at workGet Well NI is an hour-long programme looking at our one year pilot project in Northern Ireland. The scheme allowed GPs to refer patients to complementary therapists with their treatment being paid for by the NHS. The programme was broadcast on BBC1 Northern Ireland on 5 May 2008.

Project Background: when he was Health Minister for Northern Ireland, Paul Goggins MP announced a new fund to pilot the integration of complementary medicine into the NHS. He said that these therapies should be made available to all people, not just people who can afford to pay privately – sentiments that we share. Get Well UK is operating the pilot project until 1 March 2008. The service is available to patients registered with a GP practice at The Arches Centre, East Belfast or Shantallow Health Centre, Derry.

An independent audit and focus groups were conducted by Social and Market Research. You can listen to the podcast about the service here.