Monday 21st May 2018, Gallery Suites 1-3, NEC Birmingham

The Balens CPD Conference returns to Holistic Health for another year.

Cost: £30 for the day

Includes refreshments, attendance certificate for 6 hours learning with others, speaker notes and free entry to the Holistic Health Show.

To secure your place please e-mail confirming your:
  • Name 
  • Postcode
  • If you wish to have lunch or not.  

09:15 – 09:45 Registration

09.45 – 10.00 Welcome & Introduction ~ Aims and Objectives of the day,  David Balen – Managing Director of Balens Ltd

10.00 – 11.00 From Passive Healthcare to Proactive Health Creation – diffusing the 21st Century health time bomb with  Dr. Rosy Daniel – BSc MBBCh 
Rosy has witnessed the political shifts from Alternative to Complementary Therapy and now welcomes the exciting shifts towards proactive Lifestyle Medicine and empowering Health Coaching.  The ways that we live and work today are causing a health crisis of equal proportions to the environmental crisis.  Rosy's talk will emphasise the need for healthy self-care by practitioners, with supportive mentorship to walk our talk rather than continuously projecting our needs onto those in our care.  Rosy will share with us some startling truths about the state of the nation's health and healthcare system, and motivate us to join her in her great passion to get society to shift ‘from passive healthcare to proactive health creation.' 
Dr Rosy Daniel has worked at the heart of the holistic medical profession since qualifying as a doctor in 1983; first as doctor then Medical Director at the Bristol Cancer Help Centre (now Penny Brohn UK) and since as an author, activist, researcher, teacher and practising consultant in Integrative Medicine in Bath.  Her contribution to helping get us onto a sustainable path is through training people in her Health Creation Mentorship Programmes and Healthy Workplace Consultancies.  Discover more about Rosy at: 

11.00 – 11.15 Refreshment Break

11.15 – 12.45 Introducing the Hard Science of Self Healing with Jeremy Howick PhD – Author of Doctor You
Oxford Philospher and Medical Researcher, Dr. Jeremy Howick has had a long standing interest in the placebo effect and the body's self healing mechanisms.  He has conducted groundbreaking studies about placebos and why we need unbiased experiments.  Jeremy's textbook The Philosophy of Evidence-Based Medicine spearheaded a new sub-discipline.  He collaborates about placebo treatments and the need for rigorous evidence with the National Institutes of Health in the United States, the National Institutes of Health Research in the United Kingdom, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in Canada. Jeremy will be sharing with us his insights and understanding of this fascinating topic.  
Jeremy has degrees from Dartmouth College, the London School of Economics, and the University of Oxford. He has over 75 academic publications in top journals such as the British Medical Journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, and The Lancet. An academic who lectures widely, Jeremy is currently working on a mega-study of the benefits of doctor empathy. Discover more about Jeremy at: 

12.45 – 14:00 Lunch & networking

14:00 – 14.40 Marketing, Mindset & Momentum for Health Practitioners in Business  with  Jill Woods 
Your life should make you happy and that includes your work and your practice!  A lot of practitioners love helping their patients, but may slowly, over time, fall out of love with their practice. This can happen because running the business and attracting the wrong kinds of, or not enough patients may start to get them down.  As a Health and Well-being Practitioner you have many free choices; which patients you see, the hours you work, the treatments you provide, etc. So on the face of it every Health Professional in private practice should be walking on cloud nine. If your practice is not making you happy & contributing to the life you want to live, there is clearly some work you need to do.  
Shifting your mindset & becoming skilled at marketing are the two things Jill has seen have the biggest impact on people finding happiness in their practice.  Let her show you how you can do that in your practice.   Discover more about Jill at: 

14.40 – 15.10 GDPR – The Facts and How it May affect your Business  with Alice Lacey from DAC Beachcroft  
Alice Lacey, a Solicitor from DAC Beachcroft's Clinical Risk team in Bristol, will be discussing the General Data Protection Regulation, or "GDPR", which will be coming into force as of 25th May 2018.  Alice's 'need to know talk' will provide a whistle stop tour of the key legal issues that arise in relation to data protection, particularly in the context of the reforms being introduced. The intention is to prompt and support individual Healthcare Practitioners into considering the key issues, by highlighting central principles, and to help sign post some areas where compliance might be more challenging on a day to day basis. 
Discover more about DAC Beachcroft's Clinical Risk Team at:

15.10 – 15.25 Refeshment Break

15.25 – 16.20 Elevating the Role of Natural Health in your Community  with Robert Verkerk PhD – Founder, Executive & Scientific Director, Alliance for Natural Health International  
The burden of chronic diseases, ageing populations, the power of the science and public disillusionment with drug-based approaches has never created such a perfect storm for natural health. Yet for many practitioners their businesses have yet to benefit fully. Find out what you can do through clinical practice, collaboration, the judicial use of technology and patient/client empowerment to make the most of the opportunity. 
Dr Verkerk has authored over 60 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings and contributes regularly to magazines and other popular media. He is a speaker, campaigner and advocate for a wide range of issues relating to sustainability in healthcare and related fields. Discover more about Rob at:

16.20 – 17.00 Q & A Panel Discussion - lecturers from the day answer your questions

17.00 Networking & Close

Britain's Premier Complementary Therapy Show Returns

Supported by:

Guild News

Every year, Birmingham welcomes thousands of therapy professionals to Holistic Health held at the NEC in May. Visitors not only have the opportunity to see the latest seasonal therapy launches but also enjoy free educational experiences including the Holistic Health Demo Stage, ABT Seminar Programme and Spa Live Stage 

Holistic Health 2018 will again host the ever-popular Chill Out Zone, offering taster treatments to visitors whilst raising money for a therapy based charity.

Join us at Holistic Health by registering for your free tickets either online or by calling the Ticket Hotline (24/7) on 01332 227 698.

Opening Times:

Sunday 20th May 2018 10:00am - 5:30pm

Monday 21st May 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm


Halls 17, 18 & 19, The National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham B40 1NT

Event Admission Policy:

Entrance to Holistic Health is strictly trade only. Free entry is available to visitors who register before the show, and who bring their free tickets with them. Entrance on the day is priced at £20 per person / £10 per student. There is a strict policy that babies and children under the age of 14 years will be refused admission - no prams or pushchairs are allowed. Please note there are no crèche facilities available onsite. The event organiser reserves the right to refuse admission. For more information please call 01332 227 698.