PCIM Chief Executive: May 2016

We look forward to the start of the Creative Writing in Later Life course that begins in the Redland Quaker Meeting House – May 11th. This course is led by Fiona Hamilton our Arts in Healthcare Lead. As this is the first of courses that we are hoping to deliver regularly in the future, participants will be able to actively contribute to the design of the course and aspects that they feel are particularly important when supporting health and wellbeing.

Creative Writing 2016

Our Mindfulness course continues with Dr Julia Wallond, this course is designed to support people with stress and anxiety. In October, we will be delivering a Mindfulness course for people who have experienced depression, if any readers are interested in this course, please contact us using the contact form. 

We continue to develop the DIPLOMA in INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE for healthcare professionals, with a launch date of January 2017.

The Portland Centre is very excited to be co-hosting a talk by Andy Weil who created the Arizona centre for integrative medicine.  This talk is presently sold out with 180 individuals signed up. We are now moving the event to a larger venue to enable more tickets to be released. Please sign up to the waiting list by clicking here as we hope to accommodate larger numbers shortly.  It is great to see so many people interested in the growing field of INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE.

This month we have new team members joining us. Patti to join us as an Administrator in our main centre, work along side Terri. Tiffany will joining us shortly as Executive Assistant due to the continual growth of the organisation.

We are delighted that so many people have booked onto the new master class sessions in Glasgow, where Geoff Johnson, one of our lead Tutors will be delivering the teaching day. For further information on our Educational offering, please click here. 

Do remember, if you are someone that would like to receive NHS Homeopathy or come to a private clinic, view the referral page here to tell you more about the process.

Andy Weil to discuss Integrative Medicine in the UK

PCIM are working in partnership with Penny Brohn to hold an information evening and open discussion around Integrative Medicine and how wider knowledge of wellbeing and disease could lead to more sustainable health and healthcare.

7.30-9.00pm Tuesday 7th June 2016 @ Peel Lecture Theatre, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol,

Andy Weil

Is the current healthcare crisis going to be solved by more hospitals, drugs and surgery, or by changing our approach?

Are doctors taught enough about nutrition and other lifestyle approaches to treating illness?

How can conventional and complementary medicine work together to support health and wellbeing?

Should physical and psychological complaints be managed by different specialists and unconnected treatment approaches?

How can people become equal partners in their own healthcare team?

How can we ensure medicine is delivered in a way which values people as much as protocols?

These and many other questions will be addressed in a fascinating discussion with Dr Weil, Director of the Arizona Centre for Integrative Medicine, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona, and a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine.

This talk is for anyone interested in how broader views of wellbeing and disease could lead to better and more sustainable health and healthcare.

Integrative Medicine is a healing-orientated approach to healthcare, which encompasses body, mind, and spirit, transforming health care to incorporate a range of different healthcare approaches, including nutrition, physical activity, psychological and spiritual interventions as well as biomedicine and complementary therapies, to prevent and treat disease, and improve health and wellbeing.

The event is free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of Penny Brohn UK.

To book your place, go to: http://bristolgreencapital.org/events/integrative-medicine-whole-person-medicine-for-the-21st-century/

PCIM Update: April 2016

Here at the Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine (PCIM) we are excited with the start of our new mindfulness course which commences on the 11th April to support individuals with stress and anxiety.

Dr Elizabeth Thompson, Lead Clinician at PCIM said “Managing levels of stress and anxiety on a day to day basis can be a real challenge. My own personal experience and those of my patients using mindfulness courses can make all the difference to one’s daily’s experience of the world around us.

It is good to know that an experienced mindfulness teacher and GP, Dr Julia Wallond, will be running our next mindfulness course.”

With our team of 7 Medical Homeopaths, PCIM continue to see over 50 patients a week. Many patients are referred to the Bristol NHS Homeopathic Service (previously known as the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital) by their GP.

Patients that are not able to access NHS Homeopathic Services can contact the centre for a private appointment with a Homeopathic Doctor.

Dr Thompson comments on the future development of the organisation.

“Work continues on the development of a new education offer for Healthcare Professionals with the launch of a Diploma of Integrative Medicine, January 2017.

We are also very excited to be developing an Arts in Healthcare offer for people in later life. This links to medical undergraduate training that the Portland Centre was involved with, looking at OPTIMUM HEALTH IN LATER LIFE. Creating a wide range of approaches to support people in maintaining health and wellbeing or supporting someone with a long term condition connects strongly to the vision of the Portland Centre.

We continue to support the development of the Bristol Kitchen on Prescription Alliance(KOP), which is a pan-Bristol Network of organisations all committed to making food a mainstream health offer.  In a few weeks we will launch a feasibility study to investigate how KOP might help children and families who have come across problems with their weight.

I had a great meeting with Liz Zeidler from Happy City who are also committed to evaluating positive change for individuals in communities in relation to health and wellbeing.”

For further information about the Portland Centre and how we can help increase your health and wellbeing or if you are a Medical Professional looking for further information on our education offering, please contact the team in Bristol – enquiries@portlandcentrehealthcare.co.uk .

Replanting Humanity: Where is the Care in our Healthcare?

The Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine is working in partnership with the British Holistic Medical Association for the official launch of Dr David Zigmond’s collection of writiings.

His work revolves around the central question: “Where’s the care in our healthcare? Have we lost sight of the patient in the midst of technology and commodification?”

It’ll be a chance to hear a fascinating writer, thinker and speaker put his ideas across as well as a chance to hear more about the exciting work of the BHMA, PCIM and to meet like-minded people from the South-West.

Dr David Zigmond is a GP, hospital psychiatrist, a psychotherapist in private practice, one of the founder members of the British Holistic Medical Association. Most importantly, he is an original thinker and word-smith who likes to speak truth to power.

We welcome healthcare professionals, holistic practitioners and anyone who takes an active approach to their own health. Join with us and David Zigmond to celebrate the art, heart, soul, wisdom, wit and philosophy of healthcare.

Find out more about the event here.

Date: Thursday 14th April 2016 at 7.30pm.
Location: Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX

For further information or to book tickets, please click here for the information leaflet.