Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
A UK-wide voluntary regulator of complementary healthcare practitioners. Its site provides advice on what to look for when choosing a practitioner, allows you to search for a practitioner on its database and explains how to complain if you have received bad treatment.
Dr Foster produces guides (including analyses of hospital performance) to help people compare health services in the public and private sectors. On the website you can access a hospital guide and a consultant guide, which you can use to access NHS or private services.
Health Professionals Council (HPC)
Allows you to check that a health professional is registered. Regulates health professions to ensure health professionals meet national standards.
Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICNM)
Provides advice on how to choose a complementary therapist. You can search the charity’s database to find a professional specialising in a specific therapy in your area.
Natural Therapy for All
Is a therapist directory website that helps you to connect with a relevant therapist that is suitable for your health condition. The website also provides up to date information about the types of therapies and treatments that are available.
Private Healthcare UK
Has an email enquiry service for locating centres offering private stroke rehabilitation in your local area.
United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF)
Seeks to campaign for better services for, provide information about and promote understanding of acquired brain injury. Their website has a searchable database of rehabilitation services.
British Acupuncture Council
Website of the largest professional association of qualified acupuncturists. Includes information about research evidence on effectiveness of acupuncture after a stroke.
- Occupational therapy
British Association and College of Occupational Therapists
Supports training, practice and career development of occupational therapy. Their website provides information about what occupational therapy is and how it is used.
Occupational Therapists in Independent Practice
Useful if you want to consult an independent occupational therapist for advice or private treatment. Their website includes an online search function.
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
Provides information about what physiotherapy is and how to find a therapist. You can also access the register of therapists who are members of the Association of
Chartered Physiotherapists interested in Neurology (ACPIN).
Provides contact details for physiotherapists specialising in neurology.
- Speech and language therapy
Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP)
Allows you to search for a local speech and language therapist within the UK. Also offers useful resources, materials and therapeutic ideas for people with aphasia.
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
Represents speechand language therapists and works to promote excellence in practice. Their website provides information about speech and language therapy and how to find a therapist.