Integrating Reiki Therapy within a NHS setting by Ann Singleton
Ann Singleton, one of our CNHC Local Champions, shares her experience of working in the NHS, how this led to her career as a Reiki practitioner and her commitment to the idea of integrated healthcare available for all.
I grew up in a fairly conventional family in the town where I still choose to live. My rebellious side got the better of me at a very young age. Definitely one for knowing my own mind at that time, I decided that school really wasn't for me and used to be off home as soon as I could.! Leaving school at 16 I found that I could certainly turn my hand to anything that presented itself. This meant I had many different work experiences, which serve me in the work I do today.
I was always quite envious of those who really knew what they wanted to do with their working lives as that knowledge appeared to be eluding me. Eventually in 2000, I applied for a job in the NHS. That first job would lead to 15 years of NHS experience, the first five years in an administration role in a hospital, then re-training as a technician within the Diabetic Retinal Screening department. I would say this was a pivotal change for me – actually dealing directly with patients on a daily basis, sometimes in difficult circumstances.