College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy

The CPP is a professional membership organisation that sets the highest standards of practice in herbal medicine. All new members are qualified to university level 6, have undergone a final clinical exam, and have a minimum of 500 hours of clinical training.

Our members’ practices are focused on herbal medicine or phytotherapy. The CPP’s mission is to be an exemplar for this practice, as a strong and effective therapeutic discipline in its own right and as a significant part of the healthcare spectrum.

The CPP has a growing membership and attracts qualified herbalists, mainly from Britain, with a growing list of members from around the world. CPP members recognise excellence in practice, following a high quality of training in physiology, pathology, differential diagnosis, clinical medicine, pharmacology and nutrition. Members have an understanding of diagnostic and therapeutic skills and techniques, a solid understanding and appreciation of our medicinal herbs and constituents, and a continued desire to learn how these tools together promote health.

Core to the CPP mission is integrating herbal and mainstream medical health care through improving mutual understanding and sharing knowledge. To maintain membership our members are required to attend our Continual Professional Development (CPD) seminars and training workshops each year. These seminars provide the latest scientific developments in medical and herbal research and are a forum for learning, discussion, pooling of ideas and theories, as well as meeting with colleagues. Seminars are also attended by non-herbal colleagues, pharmacists, the nursing profession, scientists, and registered medical practitioners: this nurtures an important cross-disciplinary culture among the CPP membership.

CPP Conference: 

Approaches to Men's Health and Wellbeing, Insight,
Phytotherapy and Nutrition

This conference took place on Saturday 5th March 2022


Agenda for the Conference

10.00 am - Introduction to the morning session - Chair: Dr Chris Etheridge

10.05 am - Dr Phil Deakin: “Be quiet, big boys don’t cry” – Masculinities, Male Stereotypes, and Some Associated Behaviours

10.55 am - Questions and Answers

11.10 am - COFFEE BREAK

11.30 am - Julian Barker: Consult with the Masculine, Prescribe for the Male

12.15 am Questions and Answers

12.30 am - Jackie Saull Hunt: Case study on Mens Mental Health

12.50 pm - Questions and Answers

12.55 pm - Discussion and reflections

1.00 pm - LUNCH

2.00 pm - Introduction to the afternoon session -  Chair: Dr Chris Etheridge

Challenges of Growing Older

2.05 pm - Ellie Holly: Effects of Low Testosterone in a Middle aged Man: a Nutritional Approach

2.35 pm - Questions and Answers

2.40 pm - Dr Chris Etheridge: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and Prostatitis

3.10 pm - Questions and Answers

3.15 pm - Thalia Clay McSherry: Case Study Prostatitis

3.25 pm - Questions and Answers

3.30 pm - TEA

3.45 pm - Dr Serene Foster: Erectile Problems in Men; A Phytotherapy Approach with case studies

4.10 pm - Questions and Answers

4.15 pm - Discussion

4.30 pm - FINISH. Time for socialising and further discussion in breakout room - bring your own refreshments!

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Dr Chris Etheridge

Christopher Etheridge is a leading Medical Herbalist (Phytotherapist) with extensive experience as a herbal practitioner, researcher and writer. He is also one of Britain's foremost Integrated Cancer Specialists with his own dedicated cancer consultancy.

Chris is President of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP), President of the European Herbal and Traditional Medicines Professional Association (EHTPA), Chair of the British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA) and Chair of the Herbal Practitioner Supplier’s Scheme (HPSS).

Dr Serene Foster

Dr Serene Foster DPhil (Oxon) MBSI holds an honours degree in Immunology from Glasgow University and gained her doctorate at Oxford University in Kidney transplantation, she specialised in T cell Immunology in Allergy, Autoimmunity, Respiratory medicine, and worked with John Hyde at Hydes Herbal Clinic in Leicester since 1997 and took over the running of the practice in 2003. As an Immunologist Serene has 30 years’ experience in Medical research including at Oxford University where she gained her Doctorate in Immunology of Kidney transplantation at the John Radcliffe Hospital, at The Imperial Cancer Research Fund; Imperial College of Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London; St Georges Hospital Medical School, London; and Leicester University in MRC and Immunotoxicology.  Serene has specialised in the Immunology of transplantation, Autoimmunity, Allergy, virology, and respiratory medicine. She has published in many scientific journals including on “Mite allergens” in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and on “Contaminants of indoor air” in the journal Immunology.

Dr Phil Deakin

Phil Deakin worked as a GP in Sheffield for thirty-four years before training and practising as a herbalist.
Phil shares knowledge and experience with the student community within a number of herbal training programmes, and has served on Council for the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. He is an author, medical illustrator, and artist.
Phil lives with his husband in Sheffield, where their small garden is full of interesting and unusual plants.

Julian Barker

Julian Barker is the author of The Medicinal Flora of Britain and Northwestern Europe and History, Philosophy and Medicine: Phytotherapy in Context. He started his training as a herbalist in North and Central America then returned to Britain as an apprentice herb grower at Suffolk Herbs and joined the first cohort at the School of Herbal Medicine. He became a member of NIMH in 1982 and opened a multidisciplinary clinic in Brighton where he ran a training clinic until 2009. He has served on NIMH’s Accreditation Board since 1998. Julian taught botany at the School of Herbal Medicine for over twenty years, and supervised BSc dissertations and taught philosophy on the MSc course in herbal medicine at the University of East London. In 2020, Aeon Books published Personalised Medicine: Regaining and Maintaining Health his translation from the French of a seminal work by Dr Jean–Claude Lapraz. Later the same year they published his own much larger work Human Health: and its maintenance with the aid of medicinal plants. 

Thalia Clay-McSherry

Thalia Clay-McSherry works as a Medical Herbalist at Hydes Herbal Clinic. She consults with patients daily on a variety of issues. She has a special interest in nervous system dysregulation and how certain life transitions may effect one’s health.

Jackie Saull-Hunt

Jackie has been a practising herbalist for more than 20 years, running her clinic based in East Sussex, as well as teaching on many different courses over the years.
Jackie is also a Community development workers, involved in the ‘Make it Happen’ project based in and around Rother in East Sussex which aims to simply help turn ideas into reality as far as community groups or individuals are concerned.
Jackie also leads on the I Know How project which is an Interreg project concentrating on assisting people with a cancer diagnosis to return to work.
Her main interests include running around the local footpaths especially with various kids in tow, and swimming in the local rivers as well as a lifelong interest in finding plants that are good to eat (and make medicine from).

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