NHS advertises for Reiki Therapist for spiritual healing for patients

NHS advertises for £24,000 Reiki Therapist to provide spiritual healing to cancer and ‘acutely unwell’ patients at Lincoln County Hospital

  • United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust advertise for Reiki therapist to join team 
  • £24,000-a-year role is for healer at Waddington Unit at Lincoln County Hospital
  • The position is fully funded by charity The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust
  • Reiki is a Japanese therapy involving a practitioner putting hands on your body

The NHS is advertising for a £24,000-a-year Reiki therapist to provide spiritual healing to cancer and ‘acutely unwell’ patients at a hospital in England.

The job advert, posted by United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust, calls for a ‘committed, enthusiastic and a self-motivated’ Reiki therapist to join the team at the Lincoln County Hospital in Lincolnshire.

Reiki healers claim to channel energy and heal people through their palms, while also helping people to relax and alleviate stress.

Cancer Research UK says Reiki can help people suffering from cancer to relax – but there is no scientific evidence the holistic healing can cure it. 

The healer will be working in the hospital’s Waddington Unit – a 26-bed acute haematology and oncology ward that cares for ‘acutely unwell’ male and female patients.

The job advert, posted by United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust, calls for a ‘committed, enthusiastic and a self-motivated’ Reiki therapist to join the team at the Lincoln County Hospital in Lincolnshire

Pronounced ‘ray-key’, Reiki, which means ‘universal energy’ in Japanese, is a type of complementary therapy in which a practitioner puts their hands lightly on or near your body.

It is a Japanese healing art that was developed by Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 20th century.

One of the main aims is to help you relax and ease stress and tension by changing and balancing the ‘energy fields’ in and around your body to help on a physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual level.

Some people with cancer may use Reiki alongside their treatment and some people say they feel better after using therapies such as Reiki.

There are no reports of harmful side effects of Reiki, though there is no scientific evidence to show that Reiki can prevent, treat or cure cancer, or any other disease.

However some healthcare professionals accept Reiki as a complementary therapy which may help lower stress, promote relaxation and reduce pain.

Source: Cancer Research UK 

These include patients with haematological and oncological conditions, such as spinal cord compression and neutropenic sepsis, as well as those undergoing radiotherapy.

The successful applicant must have at least one year’s experience to land the role at Lincoln County Hospital and will also have completed a £175 two-day healing in hospital course by ‘Reiki Master’ Angie Buxton-King from the College of Psychic Studies.  

On the College of Psychic Studies’ website, healing in hospitals courses have previously sold out. It says Ms Buxton-King and her husband Graham were employed as healers at the University College London Hospital for 12 years.

The trust’s advert says the healer will work 15-hours-a-week, for which they will be paid between £21,892 and £24,157-a-year on a pro rata basis.

Entry level nurses who have been risking their lives battling Covid-19 make about £24,907 a year, after training for three years.

The position will be entitled funded for by The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust – a Cornwall-based charity run by Ms Buxton-King.

The Trust said: ‘An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Spiritual Healer / Reiki Therapist to join our friendly and energetic team on Waddington Unit.

‘We are looking for a committed, enthusiastic and a self-motivated therapist to join our well established team.

‘The ward has a high acuity, fast paced clinical admissions setting that cares for acutely unwell patients as a result of haematological and oncological conditions such as spinal cord compression and neutropenic sepsis as well as facilitating the delivery of chemotherapy.

“We are passionate about improving patient experience and enhancing patients’ stay in hospital.” 

The NHS allows reiki to be used alongside conventional treatments.

The healer will be working in the hospital’s Waddington Unit at Lincoln County Hospital (pictured) –  a 26-bed acute haematology and oncology ward that cares for ‘acutely unwell’ male and female patients.

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust already has an in-house Reiki therapist and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust also uses reiki healing.

A House of Lords report published in 2000 classified it as a class 2 complementary therapy.

United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust said Reiki is never used as an alternative to treatment for disease.

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