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Q&A with Brighton Holistics

Jon Matson-Higgins - Principal & senior Tutor of Brighton Holistics

Q&A with Brighton Holistics – We recently asked Jon Matson-Higgins, Brighton Holistics Principal, a series of questions on what it means to be the UK’s leading training provider with over 70 qualifications approved with the with FHT. What developments have been made to the learning process, and how it has changed over time. Read on to find out what he had to say.

Brighton Holistics provides the highest number of approved training courses with the FHT course provider records, putting them in a platinum provider status and providing 71 courses to the highest level. What has Brighton Holistics done to achieve this status?

The FHT awards high levels and measures of approval to learning providers which demonstrate excellence in their course management and delivery (this covers things like the support and advice they provide students with, and how easy it is for students to contact tutors) and those which continuously receive positive student feedback. As an FHT Learning Provider, Brighton Holistics is, therefore, giving you a great learning experience helping you through to your exams.

Brighton Holistics is an Approved FHT training provider and no doubt there is a stringent criteria that Brighton Holistics has to meet to gain approval. Could you give some insight into what these are?

There is a range of very stringent criteria that Brighton Holistics have had to meet for approval, criteria which ensure FHT students have access to high-quality study texts and question banks for their practical and FHT exam studies. They cover, for instance, the broad and deep range of certified courses offered, staffing levels and roles (to ensure first-class, fit-for-purpose, updated learning material and knowledgeable staff is available), distribution (to ensure all of Brighton Holistics students, wherever they are based, have access to the materials), pricing and of course most importantly quality.

There are have been a number of developments to your qualification portfolio recently, including the move to new courses and the introduction of computer-based learning and Anatomy, Physiology and pathology exams. How has FHT supported Brighton Holistics with these developments to ensure they are made for the benefit of students?

When FHT makes changes to theIr advisories, we ensure that we consult with and engage with our students. Brighton Holistics tutors also regularly undertake trialling, which means that they test and comment upon various components of the delivery of our courses. Their participation in this consultation process has helped us ensure that you can progress through the qualification at a speed most suited to your needs and requirements. Their input means that all our new and existing courses and exams will provide an excellent user experience, and test the technical knowledge and workplace skills and competencies that employers are looking for.

How is the FHT Qualification seen by employers in the UK?

Employers value the FHT qualification for a variety of reasons but the one thing that keeps coming up is that it’s truly recognised for quality. The content of the qualification itself is important, taking feedback that the breadth of the syllabus means those they hire are versatile and can work across a variety of skills in independence. That makes FHT qualified employees so useful to the business, which is really what matters most to employers.

How has the FHT Qualification moved with the times, to meet the challenges of and changes in the global economy, and the new demands from students and employers?

The Brighton Holistics syllabus was introduced from our early days but the syllabuses and exams certainly don’t look the same as they did then. We review our syllabuses annually and update them (adding and removing content) to ensure that they remain relevant and that newly-qualified FHT members have the skills and knowledge employers are looking for in line with the national occupational standards expectant.

Additions to the curriculum for 2020 will include, Oncology Reflexology, Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage, Facial Reflexology, Maternity Reflexology and the reintroduction of one of our favourites requested by our learners of Lomi Lomi and Thai herbal compress. If you are considering refreshing, take a look at the current syllabus for one of the Diplomas you sat and see how much it has changed.

The exam formats have of course also changed. All of our Professional Level exams use case studies in their assessments. The use of in-depth practical scenarios in these exams means that you have to demonstrate skills which are highly sought after by employers, and relevant for therapists roles, those skills that make you more employable. In addition to our theory exam sittings online, which provides you and employers greater flexibility to schedule exams at a time and pace to suit your needs. 2020 sees us introduce a module of Mental Health conditions to all of our diplomas certifications, further allowing a therapist to have a bank of understanding they can identify with and to their clients appropriately.

What is the most exciting news you have on behalf of FHT for 2019-2020?

I have a daily opportunity to meet with our learners and therapists to hear of their stories, their struggles, their successes, and how FHT is helping them help realise their dreams and ambitions of becoming professional therapists. Into the new year, we will be proudly releasing our new courses to further deliver to our students to help them on this continuum of personal success.

To find out more about studying with Brighton Holistics visit www.brightonholstics.co.uk

Q&A with Brighton Holistics