Working Parties

Task and Finishing Groups

The Work of the Council

To support the work of the GCMT, four Task and Finishing Groups have been established. These are:

1. Crisis

2. Regulations

3. Public Relations and
Communications Group

4. Mental Health

Each group has a lead and works on specific projects relevant to the growth of the council but more importantly the development and advancement of the soft tissue industry. Each group is overseen by the Council Chair and Vice Chair respectively.

Further information on project updates will follow. In addition to the groups below, the council continues with the same line of duty for questions and complaints.


The Crisis Group works on developing crisis management plans and resources to support the council members. A crisis is defined as any event that requires emergency action to support the sector such as the C19 pandemic crisis.

Yvonne Blake

Lead – Yvonne Blake


  • React appropriately to changes material to the professions governed by GCMT, by Government, legislation or external circumstances.
  • Provide considered responses to prevailing situations.
  • Advise member Professional Associations of appropriate actions to be taken in any prevailing situation.
  • Provide documentation as a basis to instruct, demonstrate and record to maintain integrity of Professional Membership, legal and insurance requirements.


The Regulations Group works to develop common standards for practice and professional conduct within, and between, professional associations. It further works with verifying organisations to review standards, advise on educational and curricula developments, and liaises with councils and Government agencies on changes to training standards.

Paul Medlicott

Lead – Paul Medlicott


  • To investigate the possible options for regulation of the massage industry.
  • Advise member Professional Associations of the alternatives, along with the advantages, disadvantages and financial implications of each.
  • Prepare any application for regulation as necessary.
  • Process any application to conclusion.


The Public Relations and Communications Group is tasked with developing website content and appearance, producing press releases and communications for dissemination to the council members, reviewing and updating complaint and disciplinary procedures.

Earle Abrahamson

Lead – Earle Abrahamson


  • Produce content for advocacy.
  • Develop and audit website content.
  • Produce communications for members including but not limited to complaints procedures and industry specific updates.
  • Liaise with the leads from each committee to ensure their committee is fully supported.
  • Support the development of GCMT resource material.
  • Support public/conference events.


The Mental Health Group aids the promotion of mental health within a soft tissue specific scope of practice, develops resources and policy on mental health awareness and guidance including resources on equality diversity and inclusion.

Gina Lilley

Lead – Gina Lilley


  • Develop resources around mental health for soft tissue therapy.
  • Promote EDI through policy and resources.
  • Collate research evidence on mental health and soft tissue therapies.
  • Develop appropriate campaigns and projects around mental health.


  • Massage Therapy: The Evidence for Practice

Buy the book

Edited by Grant Jewell Rich
Published by Mosby
ISBN 0 7234 3217 1

The opening chapter of this book discusses the question "Evidence - based massage therapy; A contradiction in terms?"

Those who read this book will find that there is no contradiction and the book will provide them with good evidence to persuade those who remain unconvinced.

Topics include:

  • Methodological issues in the design and conduct of massage therapy research;
  • Massage for immune disorders; Massage therapy following spinal cord injury;
  • Massage for the elderly;
  • Massage and the work place.

The book provides a good overview of recent research and is a useful starting point for anyone interested in wanting to do any research themselves.

  • Making Sense of Research

A Guide to Research Literacy for Complementary Practitioners
By Martha Brown Menard
Curties-Overzet Publications, Toronto, Canada.
ISBN 0 9685256 3 6

The book begins with an overview of the scientific method and descriptions of various study designs and critical evaluations of  several intervention studies.
There are chapters on both quantitative and qualitative research and the pros and cons of each are discussed. Menard clearly describes why each research concept that she describes is important to the massage therapist.


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