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Trust Aromatherapist has an article published in prestigious international magazine

Trust Aromatherapist has an article published in prestigious international magazine
03 December 2018

An aromatherapist at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has had her work featured in an international aromatherapy magazine.

Debra McAdam has been a practising aromatherapist for 20 years and works an intensive intervention support worker in the children and adolescent mental health service.

Her work with young people in their recovery journey has been highlighted in the latest edition of In Essence magazine, the bi-annual journal of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA).

Distributed to all federation members worldwide, the magazine offers its readers evidence–based feature articles, essential oil profiles, case studies, and the latest news about developments in the world of aromatherapy.

The IFPA is the worldwide centre for clinical excellence in all aspects of Aromatherapy and Debra is excited to share her story and enthusiasm for using aromatherapy in her work with the Trust.

In the feature she says: “In 2005 I joined an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) in-patient unit in Hull as a nursing assistant. During my first few years there I worked purely as a support worker, keeping my aromatherapy practice separate, although I was bursting to share everything I knew about how beneficial aromatherapy could be for the young people I worked with.

“I recall the exact moment when everything changed. A young woman was admitted to the unit who was easily agitated, irritable, had trouble sleeping and was involved

in violent outbursts. The modern matron at the time agreed to let me try some simple aromatherapy massage (hands and feet) in a quiet corner.

“The effects were amazing, the sessions eased her symptoms and became the highlight of her day. When they saw this, the other young people also wanted little treatments and very soon all the young people had weekly aromatherapy sessions on their treatment planners.

“This created a calming working environment for everyone. Staff could see the improvement and gave me lots of support and encouragement to continue the work I was doing.”

Sharing her career story Debra praises her work colleagues and managers for embracing aromatherapy and opens up about the impact it has on the young people she treats: I am now in a position where I can reach out to many young people and promote aromatherapy within professional and clinical forums and mental health wellbeing events such as the local health expo, working with SENCO services and, more recently, at an event with a local MP.

“It is wonderful to be able to introduce aromatherapy to the lives of so many people. I received positive feedback about my service from the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

report and as part of a team won an innovation award in 2016. The NHS is in the process of building a new inpatient unit and an aroma room has been identified that can be accessed by community patients and in-patients.”

To read the rest of the article, click on the link in the downloads section to the right hand side of the page.



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