Integrating Reiki into the National Health Services (NHS) U.K.

Angie Buxton-Kling is a pioneer of healing within the N.H.S. She has worked as a healer for many years and for the past 11 years  has been employed at University College London Hospital (UCLH) managing a team of complementary therapists

She is a Reiki Master / Teacher and a Healer /Tutor for the National Federation of Spiritual Healers . Angie is a council member of the College of  Medicine and is responsible for representing voluntary self regulated therapists who wish to join the college. She was National Chair of ‘The Doctor Healer Network in 2008. She created with her husband Graham ,’The Guild of Professional Healers’ ( a community Interest Company ) which is asset linked into their charity ’The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust ‘ charity.

You can find more on her workshops, trainings and practice at:

The following text has been excerpted from the website:

“My son Sam was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 1995 at the age of seven. The medical opinion was that Sam would be fortunate to live no more than a few months because, statistically, his type of leukemia did not respond to treatment. Sam lived for another three years, during which time he enjoyed a quality of life that, unfortunately, his peers with this diagnosis did not.

I know that this extra time we had with Sam was due to the complementary therapies care he received. He had very little problem with side effects and the usual life threatening infections that chemotherapy can bring. I believe that healing supported him to be able to tolerate the conventional medicine he received. When Sam passed into spirit in 1998 I continued to work privately with children, adults and many four-legged patients.

I also began to focus my attention on a more personal goal: convincing the medics that Healing/Reiki could be a very useful tool for patients undergoing conventional cancer treatment. Sam’s life had been so dramatically improved by healing that I wanted other children to benefit in the way that he had.

Several doors that I knocked on during this time remained firmly closed. Sadly, one of them was Great Ormond Street Hospital, a famous children’s hospital where Sam had received his treatment. Eventually, in 1999, I was given the opportunity to speak to the nurse manager of the Hematology Unit at University College Hospital. I was told straight away that there was no money available to pay me, to which I responded that for now that was fine. I merely wanted to be given the opportunity to prove a need. Money could come later!

I began work on the unit the following week, initially for one full day weekly. Within a month, the need had been proved beyond any doubt. I was interviewed once again by the manager, who said that patients, staff and relatives had given the service a

huge “thumbs up.” I was to be given a day’s paid work per week and an Honorary contract. Needless to say, I was ecstatic.

Since then my work has expanded steadily, an extra day each year, to the point that last year I was appointed Complementary and Counseling Team Manager. I am now responsible for five other therapists (two aromatherapist/reflexologists, a counselor and two Reiki practitioners).

Working at the hospital is the most rewarding and challenging part of my life. It is very different from working from home where clients choose to come to you compared to working in a hospital where every room has a patient or a skeptical doctor who

might well say no to your treatment. I found that I needed to be very flexible in my approach, as a conventional healing session is usually impossible in a hospital

setting. Various machines, wires and high tech medicines are usually being delivered to the patient, along with interruptions by doctors, nurses and even cleaners, making it a challenging environment in which to work.

Healing in hospitals is a specialized field and should be recognized as such. I have been invited to speak at several international medical conferences this year, as many cancer centers are looking into the provision of complementary therapy for their patients. In recognition of this interest, my husband Graham and I recently presented our first Healing in Hospitals Workshop in Hertfordshire U.K. This workshop has been designed to assist healers who want to work within the statuary sector.

The course material was extremely well received and the completed evaluations forms from the course participants were excellent. Some of the topics covered were:

•  How to prepare and present yourself to hospitals.

•  How to describe healing to conventional medics.

•  How to adapt your therapy within this setting.

•  How to integrate within a multi-disciplined team.

Along with the above topics, there were many student-led discussions during which we were able to share our clinical experience of working as healers within the NHS. It was hugely rewarding to share this information with other healers. The profits from the course will benefit our charity, which is being launched this year in memory of Sam.”

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