Project information

Complementary health care for the very elderly.

To extend the existing heavily oversubscribed provision of very low cost complementary health care - Osteopathy, acupuncture and massage for the very elderly (70+) in The London Borough of Hackney by taking on an additional clinic room and by setting up a new GP based satellite clinic.

April 2011 - March 2012

Charity information


  • Need


    The care of the elderly suffering with multiple chronic pain and mobility
    problems is under intense pressure as a consequence of the recent cuts at the local government and PCT level. Many of the elderly in Hackney have very low incomes and high health needs requiring ongoing treatments and activities that support them to reduce their pain and improve their mobility, and thereby retain their social and community involvement.


    Hoxton Health have 23 years experience of treating the over 60's in Hackney. Last year we provided over 3,600 treatments. We have been offered a free additional clinic room in our main St Leonard's centre by the PCT and we have the offer of a room with a large GP's practice in the heart of Hackney, make our services more accessible to more people. We can provide additional 2,800 treatments with these facilities, as well as providing small regular exercise groups.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide 2,300 massage, osteopathy and acupuncture treatments for the over 60's


    » Using existing expert therapists @ £25.00 ph and charging the over 60's £10.00 will require fundraising of £10,000.

    Success will be both ensuring that these appointments are available to appropriate users, a well as being successful in reducing pain and improving mobility as measured with MYMOP.

    Aim 2

    To provide 570 Osteopathy and massage appointments within a large GP's practice in Hackney


    » The cost of running a satellite clinic in a GP's surgery will require fundraising of £3,000 pa. We will target the new GP commission for this funding.

    Individual success will be measured with MYMOP and evaluated in terms of nos. of treatments for users who hitherto had no access to therapies and suffer with chronic health issues

    Aim 3

    To provide specialist small group pilates and core strength exercise classes at St Leonards.


    » To run three classes a week for 1.5 hrs will require fundraising of £7,200 pa. We will target our findrasing for this project with the local authority

    Individual success will be measured using MYMOP and will evaluated in terms of reduced visits to the GP and increased engagement in the community.

  • Impact


    For many elderly people the fear of loosing their independence and being unable to cope at home is very real. For 23 years Hoxton Health have supported people to manage pain and mobility problems enabling them to stay as independent as possible and engaged socially. The success of the projects will continue to be measured using the MYMOP system which provides individual reported detail of their physical changes, medication needs and changes and the impact on their lives.


    The main risk is the funding for the first year cannot be found for further years, as the process of becoming engaged in treatments and exercise classes can be slow for this user group. It is essential that the users feel a strong sense of continuity both from the therapist or class teacher and also with the group and Hoxton Health. This sense of belonging and active care in users health has been demonstrated to be very supportive to many users.


    Hoxton Health produce a summary report on the MYMOP results and twice yearly user questionnaire every six months and an Annual report in October every year.

    The annual financial statements for the year ending March, are available from September of the same year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,610

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,860 Additional clinic room 12 treatments 4 days a week for 48 weeks.
      £3,506 GP Satellite Clinic 12 treatments 1 day a week for 48 weeks.
      £9,072 Exercise Classes 3 Classes a week for 48 weeks.
      £3,072 Management 3 hours a week @ £25.00 ph
      £2,100 Marketing Postcards, newsletter etc. 7 hours per month @ £25.00 ph
  • Background


    The LB of Hackney has 24,600 people over 60, 20% of these are over 80 years. Over 78% of these people live alone. Hackney is the second poorest Borough in London, with notably high rates of crime and high pressure on the primary health care service. It has a vast ethnic diversity and very strong cultural and religious support networks. Most of Hoxton Health's users have lived over 50 years in Hackney, many employed in manual and semi skilled jobs such as care homes and London transport.


    Our target users for this project are the same as those for Hoxton Health. They are over 70, living alone, fearful of loosing their independence and starting to feel overwhelmed by coping alone. These users live in the LB of Hackney and are on pension support, meaning they have the lowest level of state pension. Most of the users will have complex physical and psychological needs and will be on more than 5 daily medications.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For 23 years Hoxton Health have provided more and more complementary health care and exercise classes to this user group. We anticipate providing in excess of 4,000 appointments 2010/2011. We have specialist therapists, dedicated to these users. There are no other organizations who focus on this user group or on the long term treatment of chronic conditions at such a low cost.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Diana Rogers

    Lead therapist and clinic manager. Diana is an osteopath she is responsible for the day to day running of the clinic.

    Janet Cobill

    Manager - Janet is the manager responsible for all the external relationships for Hoxton health. She is a homeopath.

    Lucy Bracken

    Marketing Manager - Lucy is responsible for all the fundraising and marketing. Lucy is also an Osteopath.

    Maggie Graham - Brown

    Receptionist - Maggie has worked for Hoxton Health for over 8 years she knows all the clients and managed all the filing, banking and volunteers.