ICAHT Hijama diploma update

The following is an update by Dr Rizwhan Suleman MChiro of the Institute of Clinically Applied Hijama Therapy, on their 6 month Hijama Diploma that started in June, 2013

Alhumdulillah after all the preparation and anticipation we successfully delivered the first section of the ICAHT Hijama diploma to our inaugural class in June 2013. 
The 3 days of lectures delivered at Leicester University consisted of an intensive program of study primarily driven by classroom lectures but also included practical training and group work.
The 3-day class is by far the meatiest section of the course and contained the most important and fundamental aspects of the hijama diploma and this is why its attendance was set as a compulsory requirement for registration.
We were blessed to have amongst the students a wide range of personalities and professional backgrounds ranging from medical consultants, general practitioners, dentists, manual therapists, nurses, hijama therapists and ruqya practitioners to name a few.
Men and women, both Muslim and non-Muslim had travelled from as far as the UAE and Belgium for the unified objective of learning the science and art of hijama practice.
Although the volume of material covered in the 3 days was described by many as intense and overwhelming, we not only covered the general aspects of hijama such as its history, practice and philosophies but we also went into great detail about the medical implications of hijama therapy and its influences on human physiology.
We discussed the risk factors associated with it such as blood loss, treatment induced anaemia, shock, loss of consciousness and all the appropriate measures of screening, preventing and reacting to dangerous situations that could be encountered when dealing with patients from the general public.
The major theme around the first section of the course was to make sure that we fulfilled the criteria of  “First Do No Harm”.
A systemised process of patient screening and risk assessment formed a fundamental part of this objective and was easily adopted by the student practitioners.
After being assessed on their practice skills at our full time clinic the students were briefed on their roles within society and the huge responsibility they were taking upon their shoulders. Their duties upon patients, themselves and the general public were all covered in the ICAHT code of ethical conduct and the standards of proficiency document which they all agreed to abide by as part of the voluntary self regulation that is required by all ICAHT graduate members. 
We are now in the second leg of the 6 month course in which the students will be studying (or revising in some cases) the anatomy, physiology and pathologies of the human body as well as taking part in clinical mentorship programs with one of our doctors at an allocated hijama clinic site in order to gain the practical skills and knowledge to sufficiently deal with patients.
The final part of the course will involve researching and reporting on their individual interactions and experiences with their patients through case report write-ups, which will be handed in and assessed. Once all coursework, practical exams and write ups are completed to a satisfactory level a ceremony will be held in which each of the successful students will be presented their certification.
Overall we are very pleased with the way the course has gone so far and could not have been blessed with a better first group of students. We look forward to delivering the rest of the course material and have already opened our enrolment to applicants wishing to start the next class in January 2014.   
To take a look at some of the highlights of the course see the video above.

ICAHT (Institute of Clinically Applied Hijama Therapy)

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7533 446 373

web: http://www.icaht.co.uk


Our thanks to ICAHT from England for sharing the above post. If you have any questions or want to leave some feedback on their training, then please do so via a comment* below.

If you are a hijama therapist or patient and are happy to share your knowledge or experience via a guest blog-post like the one above, please send me an email to: hijama.mail@gmail.com.

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