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A new non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting doctors practising functional medicine will launch in June, with special discounts available for founding members.
The British College of Functional Medicine (BCFM) is open to doctors interested in integrating functional medicine into their practices and providing a higher standard of patient care. Those who join by July 1st will receive their first three months of membership for free!
Functional medicine is a biology-based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease and chronic health conditions. It considers a patient’s individual genes, medical history, environment, diet, and lifestyle to create personalised and effective treatment plans.
The BCFM was established with the mission to empower doctors with the knowledge and tools to support individuals to take control of their health. The organisation strives to advance the science of functional medicine, to promote its integration into mainstream healthcare, and to foster a community of like-minded individuals dedicated to improving health outcomes for all.
As a member of the BCFM, you will have access to ongoing education and training programmes through monthly webinars and in-person conferences. You’ll also be invited to regular social events, giving you the opportunity to network with functional medicine specialists and peers.
The BCFM provides resources that you can give to patients to help them take control of their health and wellbeing, while it will also be running public awareness campaigns to enhance understanding of this approach to healthcare.
The organisation’s co-founders are also passionate about advocating for change, with plans to approach the government to consider the benefits of functional medicine for the whole nation and update healthcare policy to reflect this.
Former NHS surgeon and aesthetic practitioner Dr Mayoni Gooneratne has long been a supporter of functional medicine and created Human Health – a sister brand to her aesthetic clinic – to help patients live their best and healthiest lives. As co-founder and vice president of the BCFM, she is leading the way forward for other aesthetic practitioners to do the same.
Dr Gooneratne says, “The BCFM is a much-needed organisation that will lead the way forward for functional medicine in the UK. Research demonstrates that those with chronic diseases experience a lower quality of life, which often leads to other chronic conditions such as decreased mental health and general well-being. It’s also costing the UK a huge amount – in 2019, £50.5 billion was spent on long-term chronic conditions.* As doctors, we have the opportunity to work together using functional medicine practises to transform the nation’s health and well-being.
She continues, “Joining the BCFM will ensure you get access to the very best education and resources to guide you on successfully delivering functional medicine strategies to your patients, while giving you the opportunity to be part of a change for good.”
The BCFM will officially launch at the Integrative & Personalised Medicine (IPM) Congress on June 29-July 1 in London, where doctors can learn more about functional medicine and whole-person patient-centred health.