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Physiotherapists win health award with stress-busting programme of yoga, meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy

30 October 2013 - 4:33pm

A stress management programme designed by physiotherapists has triumphed at the Laing and Buisson 2013 Independent Healthcare Awards.


Award winners Robyn Silverton (left), Helen Cairney (centre) and Anna Young (right)

The Calm Choice programme was created by physiotherapists Anna Young and Robyn Silverton and has been running at Holly House Hospital, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, since September 2012.

It was developed in collaboration with Helen Cairney, physiotherapy manager at the privately-run hospital, which is part of Aspen Healthcare.

The programme, featured in Frontline earlier this year, offers a holistic approach to reducing patients’ stress and combines yoga, breath work, meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Commenting on the award, Mrs Young said: ‘We are very grateful to Holly House and Aspen Healthcare for giving us such a public platform for our work to be recognised, and we are looking forward to resuming courses there in the new year.’

Mrs Silverton added: ‘Our plan now is to really spread our philosophy of empowering individuals to manage their health with a holistic approach.’

Better health outcomes

The Laing and Buisson 2013 Independent Healthcare Awards aim to celebrate organisations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to healthcare.

The stress management programme won in the ‘Health Outcomes’ category at a ceremony in London on 8 October.

The Calm Choice is offered as a series of four 90-minute sessions, held over four consecutive weeks. Each session focuses on a different theme, but the common thread is increased self-awareness.

A clinical review and follow-up audit of patients who have participated in the programme has revealed improvements in long-term outcomes.


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