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Sheffield Stands up to Cancer with unique collaboration

Sheffield’s Victorian Turkish Baths, Spa 1877 have teamed up with Cavendish Cancer Care to develop a pioneering course aimed at providing better care of clients with cancer.
Spa Development Manager, Ailsa Turner explains “At college you’re simply told not to treat clients with a cancer diagnosis, but we believe that approach is outdated. The health and wellbeing of our clients is at the heart of everything we do at the Spa and we don’t want to turn clients away when they may need our services more than ever.”
This prompted Ailsa to look for appropriate training for commercial therapists.  Unable to find anything suitable Ailsa got in touch with Sheffield’s leading Cancer Charity, Cavendish Cancer Care. This saw the beginning of the development of the pioneering Cavendish Course. This collaborative process has led to the course being developed in consultation with Spa Therapists working in a commercial setting, ensuring that the content is relevant and offers practical insight and training, once the agenda had been set, the team at Cavendish Cancer Care have written and delivered the training to achieve better care of clients with cancer.

Cavendish Cancer Care’s Head of Therapy, Ann Hetherington, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to build a link with a local business and to develop holistic therapies that benefit cancer patients.”
There are more than 200 types of cancer and each person affected by cancer will have their own individual needs, we felt that the industry norm had been to react with fear and negativity and we wanted to turn this on its head and instead say to our clients “This is what we can do for you”

The course, which covers everything from what cancer is, to the effects of treatment through to case studies and practical massage techniques is currently being piloted with the therapists at Spa 1877, before the course is rolled out across the region by Cavendish Cancer Care.

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