The following is an announcement by Dr Rizwhan Suleman MChiro of the Institute of Clinically Applied Hijama Therapy, an organisation providing Hijama Training in UK
With so many people now participating in the hijama therapy revival it is very difficult to differentiate between who is classed as a competent practitioner and who is simply a lay person experimenting on others.
In order for the practice to formally move forward in an organized fashion some form of standardization and minimum level of qualification is required. Without this requirement for a basic level of knowledge in a subject ignorance will prevail and undoubtedly accidents and mishaps will occur putting peoples lives at risk at the same time as tarnishing the practice of hijama and not giving the sacred Sunnah therapy the respect, honor and dignity that it deserves.
By practicing hijama frivolously we endanger turning people away from it and risk losing all the benefits the practice holds altogether. Although many people may do this with good intentions and without understanding the full implications of their actions it is important to realize that all things need to be done with knowledge and understanding and that the religion of Islam promotes this fundamental concept in every regard.
Taking peoples health in to our own hands is a big responsibility and one of the main aims of the Institute of Clinically Applied Hijama Therapy is to help people achieve the appropriate level of understanding to do this safely.
The Institute of Clinically Applied Hijama Therapy is the first organization in Europe to formally take on the task of creating the minimum educational standards for the practice of hijama therapy for both doctors and lay practitioners alike. The establishment of a register of appropriately qualified and regulated ICAHT practitioners has arguably been one of the biggest steps forward in the practice providing the first ever gold standard in the field.
By taking the required steps to study the ICAHT diploma practitioners of all levels, experience and abilities are affirming their support to formally establish the practice of hijama on a global scale.
Taking on the challenge of creating a comprehensive training program that teaches both health professionals and non health professionals how to safely and successfully administer hijama therapy for the benefit of their patients was a very hefty task.
After being overwhelmed with the multitude of potential study topics to include in this program we were forced to incorporate only the most essential aspects of clinically relevant information to construct the diploma with the objectives of creating hijama practitioners who can:
To ensure these objectives are fulfilled the ICAHT diploma has be structured into a number of study modules which have defined objectives for the learner. The content has been constructed not by self taught practitioners or self proclaiming “specialists” but by individuals who have authority to teach in the fields of the health sciences and in traditional and alternative medicine. We have insured that both the tutors and authors of the content are appropriately qualified in their respective fields be it in the light of secular or non secular audiences.
While this module is designed to introduce learners to the science of clinical interaction it is also a good refresher for those well versed in the intricacies of clinical practice. From covering essential aspects of patient communication, history taking, documentation and vital assessments to understanding the underpinning sciences of human physiology and the detailed study of tissue damage, tissue repair and the inflammatory processes. All this is delivered from the redefined perspective of holistic medicine trying to understand what the body is doing as a whole as opposed to the reductionist or allopathic medical standpoint. This module will be an eye opener for health professionals and lay people alike.
This module provides a global outlook of the practice of hijama and its applications to the health care systems of today. By examining the current systems of care and contrasting those of the past we evaluate the strategic advantages and disadvantages of these systems. By identifying multiple gaps and flaws in these systems we are better able to appreciate how hijama and its alternate model of care can be a viable options to meet the needs of our local communities and the wider world as a whole.
This module introduces learners to the anatomical structures of the torso and extremities and serves as an important underpinning knowledge base for any health care practitioner. The scope of the module includes studying the anatomy of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and organs, as well as other tissues related to the musculoskeletal system such as fascia, cartilage, bursae and retinacula. There is a big emphasis on the clinical significance of the tissues and practical sessions will introduce learners to postural assessment, joint evaluation, biomechanical analysis as well as common pathologies.
Overall the module provides the learner with a very detailed applied practical understanding of anatomy and musculoskeletal biomechanics, which is important to ensure technical competence and safety as a practitioner.
This is an in depth and comprehensive study module of the physiological interaction of hijama therapy on human tissues. It evaluates not only the scientific literature on the topic but also all the significant hypothesis proposed in the wider literate providing students with a holistic view on the topic allowing them to then make up their own minds on how they believe hijama works. With this insight the clinical experiences gained by students in our teaching clinics become much more invigorating as minds begin to flow with ideas and concepts that try to explain the often miraculous results that patients experience.
This module is a comprehensive study of the practical application of hijama therapy in its wet and dry forms. With a detailed insight into practice variations and equipment selection, the module gives a clear perspective of the properties of each technique including its advantages and disadvantages. The module covers multiple hands on techniques and practices that have been developed in order to provide best results for the patient while providing maximum ease and safety for the practitioner. Essential aspects of patient care, infection control, personal protection and clinical hygiene are covered with many clinical gems to take away and apply.
This module explores some selected but extremely essential areas of medical science that must be fully understood in order to safely practice hijama therapy. By recognising the ways in which hijama can alter physiological processes the student discovers that there are some types of patient cases in which special precautions needs to be taken. In these situations a specific system of considerations gets put in to practice and the student is empowered with the knowledge of deciding when it is safe to proceed and when it is not. Additional aspects of health screening are covered highlighting red flag signals and emergency event management to be sure that the practitioner is always in control of the situation ensuring patient safety at all times.
This module explores some selected but extremely essential areas of medical science that must be fully understood in order to safely practice hijama therapy. By recognising the ways in which hijama can alter physiological processes the student discovers that there are some types of patient cases in which special precautions needs to be taken. In these situations a specific system of considerations gets put in to practice and the student is empowered with the knowledge of deciding when it is sae to proceed and when it is not. Additional aspects of health screening are covered highlighting red flag signals and emergency event management to be sure that the practitioner is always in control of the situation ensuring patient safety at all times.
The ICAHT diploma has been designed in a way that allows students the flexibility of distance learning without compromising on quality as practical sessions and clinical training still remain a compulsory requirement of the program. The hybrid design of the diploma allows students to benefit from the best of both worlds as the online video lectures provide students the unique ability to digest material at their own pace, pausing, rewinding and replaying the content at their leisure. Online functionality also allows a platform for questions to be raised with instructors and between students encouraging a conducive learning environment.
Lectures are supplemented by compulsory practical attendance days in which techniques are revised and practiced with experienced tutors. Various learning exercises are conducted to help students develop and refine their skills before progressing to undertake clinical entry exams which enable them the opportunity to progress their learning from a primarily theoretical base to a dominantly practical one as part of the clinical placement requirements.
By providing flexibility in the dates of clinical requirements and giving students attendance options for their practical classes the course caters for a wide range of audiences including part time learners, full time mothers, doctors, professionals and academics. Whether your objective is to intensively study the program or spread it out over a wider duration of time the ICAHT diploma caters for all needs through a flexible yet structured delivery format.
The online content of the ICAHT hijama diploma is conveniently presented on a customized learning platform that allows students to access their study material anywhere in the world, provided they have a suitable internet connection. The adaptive learning platform can be used on desktop computers, laptops, smart TVs, electronic tablet devices and even mobile phones.
Upon registration each student will be assigned a user account and will be provided with their log in credentials which they will need to input at: www.icahtcourses.com
By simply logging in their details students will gain access to over 70 hours of study materials in the form of recorded video lectures, study guided notes and articles.
The featured content will be released gradually as the course progresses and students will be asked to complete specific tasks and assignments by specified deadlines in order to work in line with and prepare for, live classes and practical sessions that will require students to demonstrate a detailed comprehension of the content previously studied online.
Staff will always be on hand to answer questions that can be posted directly onto the content pages and discussions can be opened between students also. In case of technical difficulties a DIY reset password facility is available as well as on hand
In addition to the online study content students will be required to attend in person at the Institutes teaching facility located in Leicester, UK on selected dates.
The ICAHT centre is a three story building housing both the ICAHT teaching institute and its associated full time hijama clinic which has been in operation for over 7 years, attracting patients from all across the UK as well as from abroad.
The lecture hall in which the majority of training classes, seminars and lectures take place provides separate seating facilities for males and females as well as segregated practical training rooms for the hands on practical sessions.
A students/tutor staff room is available as well as kitchen facilities with microwave and fridge access for safe storage of personal belongings and snacks during study time. Students are encouraged and welcome to bring their own food and drink in as and when they please and are allowed to access and use the communal facilities as their own.
There are dedicated wudu and prayer facilities at the centre in addition to its location being directly behind the grand Jame Mosque of Le
The clinical facility comprises of 5 fully equipped treatment rooms, with electric lift beds and wash basins, a reception room, waiting lounge, administrative offices, toilets and shower with full disability access.
The Institute is located in the heart of the community where the five times daily call to prayer can be heard from a number of the minarets that surround the area. In addition to mosques there are a wide selection of halal restaurants and shops in walking distance from the centre including the world renowned Islamic Establishment which is one of the largest muslim supplies and book retailers in Europe. With its wide selection of Islamic men’s and women’s clothing, perfumes, books and artifacts it has always been a popular
destination for ICAHT students to visit. See www.theislamicestablishment.com for more details.
After registering for the course you will be required to start studying some of the online content via the www.icahtcourses.com learning platform. It is important that you cover the assigned content prior to your first attendance date with a list of any questions or comments which you would to like addressed in person or amongst the class.
Once you have complete the assigned online content you are ready for your first live study session. This will compromise a number of full days of physical attendance in which you will be studying additional topics that we prefer to teach live (either due to the complex nature of the material or the practical orientation of the topics).
The next class attendance dates are on December 19th-25th 2015.
Day 1 will comprise of a practical session in which there will be a very brief revision of the anatomical language and structures of the shoulder which you would have already covered in the CAA03 online module. This will then be followed by an introduction into postural examination and joint assessments introducing students to the skills of physical examination and tissue palpation. These skills are essential for any hands on practitioner and very applicable to the practice of hijama. The class will involve lecture based learning and group practice sessions so you will be expected to be adequately prepared with a change of clothes to work in.
As this content has been newly introduced into the diploma it has not yet been marked as one of the compulsory attendance requirements of the course as it stands it is currently and optional attendance segment of the program however the clinical value of these sessions is very heavy and it is recommended for all to attend.
Day 2 (20th Dec 2015)
Day 2 involves a number of practical session orientated around the ICS01 module which is designed to introduce students to the clinical skills that all practitioners dealing with patients should possess. The practical sessions will rely on the pre-attendance online study content which is set to act as a platform from which the practical training classes can be taught. Some of the skills covered may act as revision for already practicing doctors and clinicians so attendance on this date is only compulsory for non-doctors however we encourage all students to attend to make sure everyone is up to date with the most recent concepts of patient interaction and vital assessments.
Day 3-6 (21st-24th Dec 2015)
Days 3-6 involve an intensive burst of alternate lecture and practical based sessions in which many of the theoretically complex subjects are taught and in which the practically dextrous tasks are rehearsed. There is much space for interaction and discussion and students often take this time to become more acquainted with the tutors and the rest of the class. Many of the practical aspects of the training are introduced during this time and live demonstrations are undertaken to ensure that students fully grasp the methods being taught. All students will be expected to participate in gender segregated practical sessions in which they will undertake a range of skill building exercises in order to refine their skills before moving on to the subsequent clinical application modules.
Day 7 (25th Dec 2015)
Day 7 is the last day of the initial attendance classes and is where all of the content covered to date is assessed in a formal written assessment. The exam paper which is made up of three sections comprising of a multiple choice section, a short answer section and a selection of long answer essay questions, is designed to ensure that students have a competent level of understanding and have actively absorbed the material delivered to them in the course. Passing this assessment is a requirement for all students before being allowed to progress to the next level of training which involves practically working alongside qualified doctors and health practitioners in the ICAHT clinic. The aim of this part of the training is to transition students into practitioners who will eventually work independently with the supervision and guidance of the teaching staff before qualifying. Although the exam can be daunting for some the pass rates are high as tutors provide support to tailor the needs of students from a range of different backgrounds and learning abilities. Although resits are available they are rarely required.
What to bring to Class?
ICAHT will be providing each student with all the materials they need for the teaching and practical aspect of the course such as course notes, materials and cupping apparatus. In addition we expect the students to come along with certain items detailed below:
Medical dictionary (non-health professionals): there are a number of free downloadable apps for iPhone and Android phones.
A calculator will be required for the clinical entry exams.
During the practical, students will be segregated into same-gender areas and will get the opportunity to practice on each other, consequently we advise you to come along with:
Shorts and T-shirt (brothers)
Appropriate loose clothing (sisters)
Tea, coffee and light refreshment will be available to students throughout all teaching and training dates. Students may gain access to the kitchen facilities in the mornings before classes start if they wish to arrange their own breakfast snacks. A full healthy lunch will be served onsite daily from the 19th Dec – 25th December 2015 at no extra charge to the students. All meat products provided will be halal based and we will endeavor to provide a vegetarian option if requested. If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance to make provisions.
Where would I stay?
There are a number of reasonably priced hotels and private accommodation providers in the local area. Although very few are within a walking distance to the centre, there is an Ibis hotel Leicester which is approximately a 25 minute walk from the centre and The Haynes guesthouse which is approximately a 10 minute walk from the centre. The Haynes guesthouse is on 185 Uppingham Rd, Leicester LE5 4BQ (0116 276 8973) is the closest B&B. Unfortunately we cannot recommend any specific hotels or accommodation providers as the best choice will be dependent on individual preference and budget. For more information visit: http://www.traveltoleicester.co.uk/leicester-hotels.htm
After successfully completing the clinical entry exams and passing all the required criteria successful students will become assistant practitioners and be welcomed to start their clinical practice hours at the ICAHT teaching clinic also known as the ICAHT centre of integrative medicine. Here they will initially start out by assisting and aiding the doctors and practitioners in their delivery of hijama and its related services to real patients seeking care.
This part of the course offers students the unique ability to develop their confidence and gain experience in a live clinical environment where they will encounter a wide scope of different patients often presenting with a concoction of different health issues and complex care needs.
This rare opportunity gives new clinicians a very real insight into how the more experienced doctors and practitioners deal with such cases and demonstrate how all aspects of the theoretical studies in the course must now be woven together and integrated into the art of clinical practice.
As students progress in this module developing and refining the skills required of them as practitioners they will gradually be transitioned by their mentors into taking a more active role in patient care and eventually being responsible for independent patient management. Each student will be carefully assessed and monitored during the period of their clinical placements and mentors will have the authority to sign off each area of the clinical assessment criteria as either satisfied or unsatisfied in which case there will be a formal request that the student be required to partake in further clinical training in order to reach the required standards.
The module not only seeks to develop the practitioners practical skills but also plays a major focus on their decision making processes, note taking skills, patient communications, risk reduction, safety assurance, infection control and their ability to develop treatment plan prescriptions tailored to the individual patients needs.
Where is the clinical training?
All clinical training takes place on the ground floor of the ICAHT Centre of Integrative Medicine, 83-85 Rolleston Street, LEICESTER, ENGLAND, LE5 3SD.
When do I undergo my clinical training?
The clinical placement module is delivered in flexitime. This means that after completing the clinical entry exams you can attend the clinic on a pre-arranged basis with timings that can be flexible to accommodate your personal schedule. The only requirement is that you book times in which the clinic manager indicates availability and that you complete a total of 50hrs (20hrs for Doctors) within the specified time frame (5 months). The clinic is operational 6 days per week including some evenings and weekends.
What do I need to bring?
It is advisable to bring a pen, note pad and copy of your notes. Students must attend clinic in smart modest dress. For Hygiene reasons any long hair must be covered, nails cut short and jewellery removed. Men must wear dark shoes and trousers with a smart shirt or top. A white clean lab coat or clinical tunic must be worn.
Women must wear smart dark trousers, skirt or dress and wear flat dark shoes. A white clean lab coat or tunic must be worn.
Please note: Jeans, trainers, creased or unsightly dress will result in cancellation of your clinical shift until corrected.
Are there any other requirements in this module?
Yes, as part of this module you are also required to write up 15 case reports on patients that you treat in your own time outside of the institutes clinical setting. You will also be required to present a reflection of your experiences along with a selection of your reports in a live class in front of an attentive audience.
To find more details about ICAHT and on how to enroll please visit our website: www.icaht.co.uk
For course enquiries and further details please email: Admissions@icaht.co.uk
To speak to someone in person please contact: 0800 955 3575
International Contact number: 00447533446373
Other contact information:
ICAHT Clinic Line: 0116 3400 786
ICAHT (Institute of Clinically Applied Hijama Therapy)
Tel: +44 (0)800 955 3575
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