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The Cancer Touch Therapy™ course by Made for Life has become an industry leader in training therapists to treat people with cancer, as it gains the first ever endorsement for cancer specific training from CIBTAC (The Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology).  
Made for Life successfully introduced the fully CMA (Complementary Medical Association) accredited 3-day Cancer Touch Therapy training course in May 2017 to enable spa therapists to treat those going through cancer with confidence and clarity. It will now hold the coveted CIBTAC endorsement, giving future therapists additional credibility.  
CIBTAC is an internationally recognised brand which is valued by both learners and employers alike, producing graduates of the highest calibre. Made for Life is delighted to receive the highly respected CIBTAC endorsement of the Cancer Touch Therapy™ training programme, which CIBTAC has assessed for the quality of the course content as well as the examination and assessment procedures. 
Lesley Blair, Chair of CIBTAC comments “Treating clients who have or are recovering from cancer, is an area of concern for many therapists, and to date there have been very mixed guidelines. We are pleased to endorse the Made for Life Cancer Touch Therapy™ course as a credible and valuable resource for all therapists. Learners will be equipped to safely and sensitively handle clients, and clients can be assured of the quality and relevance of the therapist’s knowledge.”  
She continues “Thanks to the CIBTAC endorsement, it has given the course the necessary credibility with insurers, which means that BABTAC members and other insured therapists will be able to gain practice insurance for this course. Added peace of mind for therapists and clients alike.”  
CIBTAC endorses external courses which provide outstanding Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities to qualified practitioners, and courses which offer unique training opportunities not available through regulated qualifications. Endorsed training courses must deliver high quality training for therapists, and assure client safety from future practical application among other aspects. On completion of the CIBTAC endorsed course, all successful learners will now be awarded a specially designed and security stamped Endorsed Training certificate, which will display the CIBTAC Endorsed Training logo alongside the Made for Life logo as the training provider.  

To be endorsed as a CIBTAC Endorsed Training Provider, Made for Life’s Cancer Touch Therapy™ course went through a thorough quality assurance process for teaching and learning which included verification of each final assessment for learners.  This process ensures that Spas can trust the consistency and delivery of exceptional standards, following the best practice that both Made for Life and CIBTAC aspire to. 
The Cancer Touch TherapyTM course was developed having listened to the industry and communicated with trained oncology massage specialists, advisors within the oncology team at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and also Macmillan.   
Amanda Winwood, MD of Made for Life Organics and Founder of the Made for Life Foundation said "We are delighted to have received endorsement by CIBTAC for our CMA accredited Cancer Touch TherapyTM training course.  In receiving endorsement from CIBTAC, we are able to demonstrate to our learners, UK & International, our status and commitment to high quality training and our desire to maintain standards throughout the industry. 
“It is shocking that, at a time when a therapeutic and nurturing touch is most needed, 96% of spas still turn people away whilst they are going through cancer. We believe that all spas should be accessible. Through our work, we have for 15 years, consistently ensured that we provide this support; using appropriate protocols combined with our 100% organic skincare and wellbeing range of products which have been endorsed as safe to use during cancer. 
“It has been an absolute privilege to be part of the team to enable many spas, managers and therapists to confidently open their doors to anyone going through cancer and provide much needed support, which we know will only grow thanks to this CIBTAC endorsement. Our aim is to be part of the solution to convert that 96% into saying yes, you are welcome at our spa, and we can help”.